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10:40 PM ET, October 15, 2021


 Top News: 
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Netflix fires a leader of the trans employee resource group who was organizing a walkout, for allegedly leaking metrics related to the Dave Chappelle special  —  The company suspects they leaked metrics about the Dave Chappelle special to the press  —  Netflix has fired a leader …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Leaked Netflix documents of metrics evaluating shows indicate $24.1M spent on Chappelle's The Closer vs. $21.4M on Squid Game  —  The company is dealing with an internal outcry unprecedented in its history.  —  Netflix Inc. employees raised concerns about offensive material in Dave Chappelle's …
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
Axel Springer CEO details plans for Politico, including expanding staff from 900 to 1,000, publishing in several languages, and eventually adding a paywall  —  Axel Springer, whose $1 billion acquisition of Politico is expected to close next week, also eyes foreign-language editions
Justin Peters / Slate:
Ben Smith has been transparent about his BuzzFeed stock options, but his shifting divestment deadline and their fluctuating value erode trust in his reporting  —  On Sept. 26, New York Times media columnist Ben Smith broke a big story.  In a column headlined “Goldman Sachs …
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Disney shares briefly rose ~3% on Friday after a Puck report said the company might spin off ESPN; a Disney source later said the story was inaccurate  —  Shares of Disney jumped as much as 3 percent Friday after a report said the company was considering a spinoff of its ESPN sports networks.
Jason Hancock / Missouri Independent:
Missouri's governor vows to prosecute a reporter he labeled a hacker after the reporter alerted the state to a website flaw that exposed teachers' SSNs  —  On Tuesday, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch alerted the state that Social Security numbers of school teachers and administrators …
Nikki Usher / Nieman Lab:
With two-thirds of NPR's stations licensed to colleges, which are vulnerable to culture wars, stronger walls between license holders and newsrooms are needed  —  For many who are concerned about declines in local news, shoring up the existing journalism infrastructure for public media in communities seems like a no-duh solution.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
News Leaders Association extends deadline for its newsroom staff diversity survey to October 31, after receiving less than 250 responses when it wants 1,500  —  NEW YORK (AP) — More than a year after George Floyd's killing focused attention on efforts to diversify newsrooms, the ability to measure real progress is proving elusive.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
A look at OneLog, which lets readers use a single login across some of the largest Swiss media websites and expects to reach 2M active accounts by 2022  —  OneLog brings together some of the largest and most trusted Swiss media companies.  Their single sign-on solution will reach 2 million active accounts …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Alden's treatment of outlets is utterly predatory; rivals like Stewart Bainum's all-digital Baltimore Banner, to launch next year, could provide an alternative  —  The Tribune Tower rises above the streets of downtown Chicago in a majestic snarl of Gothic spires and flying buttresses that were designed to exude power and prestige.
Geoff Weiss / Tubefilter:
Netflix to launch the Netflix Book Club on November 16 featuring videos on Facebook and YouTube highlighting books it is adapting  —  Netflix has unveiled a virtual book club that will highlight titles it's adapting into series and films.  —  Netflix Book Club content will be hosted by Orange …
Discussion: @simonowens
Alex Sujong Laughlin / Study Hall:
Social media and audio production are just two of the invisible structures built to prop up a select few voices  —  Until late this summer, I worked as a senior producer at a company that made podcasts for clients and media partners.  I quit, in part, because I saw how far my ideas could go without my name attached to them.
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Karolle Rabarison / Online Journalism Awards:
2021 Online Journalism Awards winners include The NYT, ProPublica, PublicSource, and Grist; WaPo won for its pandemic coverage
Brent Lang / Variety:
IATSE, the union representing backstage movie and TV workers, says that unless an agreement is reached, its 60K members will go on strike starting October 18
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Axios HQ, Axios' SaaS tools to teach companies to write in its short style, has earned $1M from licensing, $2M from professional services, and has 150 clients
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Ax Sharma / Ars Technica:
A US hacker says he built a network of “news” sites and Facebook Groups in 2015 to push bogus stories after a company hired him to “stop Hillary Clinton”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Short-form video app Clash, which bought Byte in January, relaunches as a place for creators to monetize their top fans from bigger platforms like TikTok
Discussion: @clashappco
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft is shutting down the Chinese version of LinkedIn and replacing it with a job board stripped of social media features or news
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Thomson Reuters launches a $100M fund to invest in early stage companies that serve business audiences in news media, law, tax and accounting
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