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2:30 PM ET, November 8, 2021

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
The labor beat is hot again, both at legacy news outlets and at mission-driven ones like NY-focused The Chief-Leader, whose new owner plans to double staff  —  At a moment of political turmoil, economic change and a pandemic-driven focus on how we work, labor has become a hot news beat.
Irena Hwang / ProPublica:
How a ProPublica data journalist with a bioinformatics background used public genomic sequencing data to track a salmonella outbreak in the US chicken industry  —  For a ProPublica reporter who did Ph.D. work in bioinformatics, data on bacterial DNA helped reveal how a once-rare salmonella strain spread through the chicken industry.
Max Willens / Digiday:
McClatchy, which began placing audio versions of its articles at the top of stories in September, reports 1%-5% clickthrough rates on the audio player  —  In late September, McClatchy sent a robot probe into a world where audiences can listen to every story its papers produce.
Discussion: @johnkunza
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Report: the BBC's license fee could be frozen for 2022 and 2023 to stop it from rising with inflation, hurting the BBC's ability to compete with big streamers  —  The BBC looks set to have its funding frozen for the next two years in a major blow to the corporation's ability to compete with the big players.
Discussion: Telegraph and Digital TV Europe
Leyland Cecco / The Guardian:
A look at the messy public feud inside Canada's Rogers Communications between mother and son, as questions linger over who in the Rogers family should take over  —  The fight for Rogers Communications has riven one of Canada's richest families - and began with an accidental butt dial
Sarah Gooding / WP Tavern:
A recently unredacted antitrust complaint says AMP pages brought 40% less revenue to publishers, partly due to Google throttling load times of non-AMP ads  —  The Chrome Dev Summit concluded earlier this week.  Announcements and discussions on hot topics impacting the greater web community …
Illia Ponomarenko / @iaponomarenko:
Kyiv Post, Ukraine's only major newspaper in English, closes; staff say they were all fired after resisting attempts to infringe on editorial independence  —  BREAKING! @KyivPost has been killed. As simple as that. Today is officially the last day of Ukraine's only major English-language newspaper. We are all fired. This is what we all have to say about this situation. Please, please share to spread the word arond. https://twitter.com/...
Robert Booth / The Guardian:
FOIA docs: UK's public appointments watchdog asked interview panelists to find chairs for BBC and BFI to be replaced as they were “not sufficiently independent”  —  Exclusive: Regulator asked interview panellists to be replaced as they were ‘not sufficiently independent’
Discussion: @lordcfalconer
Bloomberg:
Sources: Bauhinia, a holding company owned by China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, is working on an offer to acquire South China Morning Post from Alibaba  —  - Bauhinia owned by government's Liaison Office in Hong Kong  — Alibaba under pressure from Beijing to shed media properties
 
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Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Imax had its biggest October with $117M in sales as premium large formats benefit from blockbusters like Dune despite streaming and shortened theatrical windows
Discussion: The Dispatch
Feven Merid / Columbia Journalism Review:
McClatchy, owned by hedge fund Chatham Asset Management, skips Report for America's next cycle; sources: it's a response to RFA president's hedge fund bashing
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Gannett reports Q3 revenue of $800.2M, down 1.8% YoY, and net income of $14.7M; digital subscriptions rose 46% YoY to more than 1.5M; stock down 8%+
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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Internal email: HFPA's interim CEO Todd Boehly wants to merge the nonprofit with his company MRC Entertainment, which produces the annual awards show
Agence France-Presse:
Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, jailed for reporting on COVID-19 in Wuhan, is close to death after going on a hunger strike, according to her family
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
CNN ran a story on the cost of milk with claims that didn't add up, and two staffers reacted to criticism of the segment by lashing out at critics on Twitter