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1:10 AM ET, November 16, 2021


 Top News: 
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Substack says it has reached 1M paying subscribers, up from 250,000 last December  —  Many top journalists have left legacy media to go it alone on publishing platform  —  Newsletter start-up Substack has reached 1m paying subscribers, underlining the growing power of à la carte journalism …
Delia Cai / Vanity Fair:
Q&A with newsletter writers Charlie Warzel, Casey Lewis, and Nick Quah on moving back to legacy outlets, losing independence, handling refunds, and more  —  As burnout and new opportunities beckon, newsletter writers navigate the awkward matter of quitting—and issuing refunds.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The FTC recently announced plans to crack down on companies, including news publishers, using “dark patterns that trick or trap consumers into subscriptions”  —  Most U.S. news organizations won't let readers cancel online.  The Federal Trade Commission wants that to change.
Clio Chang / New York Magazine:
Inside Felicia Sonmez's lawsuit against the Washington Post that alleges discrimination and cruel, baffling persecution of Sonmez by the paper's highest editors  —  Why was a reporter punished for speaking up about sexual assault?  —  In February 2020, the leadership of the Washington Post was in the midst of an internal crisis.
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
US judge finds Alex Jones liable by default in Sandy Hook defamation lawsuits after he refused to turn over documents ordered by the courts  —  A Connecticut judge's ruling combines with decisions in Texas to grant a clean sweep for families of shooting victims in their cases against the Infowars host.
The Guardian:
Myanmar releases US journalist Danny Fenster from prison, three days after sentencing him to 11 years for incitement and breaches of terrorism laws  —  Fenster freed three days after he was sentenced to 11 years in jail  —  The American journalist Danny Fenster has been released from prison in Myanmar …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
IATSE members vote to ratify a three-year agreement with a 54-hour weekend rest period, 3% annual raise, and more, ending the threat of a strike  —  The membership of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has voted to ratify a new three-year agreement …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC's no-bias policy is being pushed to its limits as staff grapple with who gets to choose topics where impartiality matters, such as transgender rights  —  Analysis: from anti-racism protests to trans rights, who gets to choose topics where impartiality matters is a live issue
Pope Francis thanks journalists for uncovering the Church's clerical sexual abuse, “helping us not to sweep it under the carpet”, and giving victims a voice  —  Pope Francis on Saturday thanked journalists for helping uncover the clerical sexual abuse scandals that the Roman Catholic Church initially tried to cover up.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
A look at the Dotdash and Meredith merger, as some question whether People magazine, with an average print circulation of around 3M, fits in Dotdash's portfolio  —  Still a hit in print, the weekly chronicle of celebs and ordinary people who make news is set to become the property of a company specializing in informational websites.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
World's editor resigns after 27 years, as the Christian pub known for watchdog journalism debuts a secular opinion section on topics like Biden's spending plans  —  A clash over culture and politics comes to World, a groundbreaking journalistic institution that covers evangelical Christians.
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
The Seattle Times launches a Save the Free Press website to highlight the US journalism crisis and efforts to sustain and restore local media
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Writer, which offers an automated style guide that integrates into Chrome, Word, and other tools, raises a $21M Series A led by Insight Partners
 Earlier Picks: 
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Q&A with Jay Rosen on how US political coverage is now a choice between pro- and anti-democratic forces, what a pro-democracy media might look like, and more
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
A look at the sharp shift at Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK, which used to be known for its editorial independence but is now a mouthpiece for Beijing
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Survey of 132 senior news industry leaders from 42 countries found 89% are committed to hybrid work and 9% plan a return to the pre-pandemic working model