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10:50 AM ET, October 14, 2021

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Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
ESPN's Adam Schefter says he was wrong to send a full story draft about an NFL labor lockout in 2011 to Bruce Allen, a top executive of Washington Football Team  —  The latest big story out of the Washington Football Team emails the NFL obtained via investigation (but still has not fully released) …
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Court docs: in 2011, ESPN's Adam Schefter referred to Washington Football Team exec Bruce Allen as “Mr. Editor” and sought feedback on an unpublished story  —  Several inflammatory emails by Jon Gruden were filed as exhibits in federal court by attorneys for Washington Football …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Ted Sarandos' memo to all Netflix staff on Chappelle's show: “We have a strong belief that content on screen doesn't directly translate to real-world harm”  —  Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos sent a lengthy missive to the entire company following the mounting controversy around a new original special from comic Dave Chappelle.
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Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Netflix reinstates a trans employee and two others suspended for crashing a top executive meeting; trans staffers still plan to walk out on October 20  —  The trans employee resource group at Netflix is planning a company-wide walkout on October 20th to protest statements …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Nicholas Kristof is leaving the NYT after 37 years, according to an email to staff, and has formed a PAC ahead of a potential run for Oregon governor  —  Mr. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is weighing a run for governor of Oregon, the state where he grew up.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook says it now counts activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures, increasing protections for them against targeted harassment and bullying  —  Facebook Inc(FB.O) will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
In a new deal, Redbox will license content from Lionsgate's library to its streaming service and Lionsgate will distribute Redbox Entertainment titles  —  EXCLUSIVE: Redbox has set a multi-year distribution deal with Lionsgate for the release of Redbox Entertainment titles …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter begins testing ads in replies on Android and iOS globally, placed after the first, third, or eighth reply to a tweet  —  Just kidding, it's a bad place  —  I don't know about you, but I sometimes feel like Twitter is overloaded with ads in my feed.
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
LeBron James' SpringHill sells a minority stake to a consortium of investors, including Nike and Epic Games, bringing its valuation to $725M  —  As Variety reported last month, the investors include RedBird Capital Partners, Fenway Sports Group and Nike.  Also included in a Thursday announcement …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
AdImpact: 2022 midterm elections CTV ad spend is forecast to hit $1.5B vs. $1.3B for digital ads, as CTV ads are highly unregulated and offer narrow targeting  —  The phaseout of internet tracking cookies is fundamentally changing political campaigns, which have for years relied …
Alex Sujong Laughlin / Poynter:
Some recent college journalism graduates seem more aware of industry pitfalls and risks than older journalists, and they're willing to switch careers  —  From “grateful to be here” to “no thanks.” … It's just his senior year at Cal Poly, but Omar Rashad has already burnt out twice.
 
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