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1:55 PM ET, November 15, 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.
Chris Stokel-Walker / Wired UK:
Substack touts itself as an alternative to toxic, ad-driven social media, but many of its top earners are polarizing figures who were deplatformed elsewhere
The Guardian:
US journalist Danny Fenster has been released from prison in Myanmar, three days after being sentenced 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 …
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  —  I'm Ezra Klein, and this is “The Ezra Klein Show.”  —  Hey, it's Ezra.  While I'm on paternity leave, we have got an All-Star team sitting in for me.
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.
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.
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.
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCU says Peacock will be available as a free add-on for Sky's satellite TV customers in UK and Ireland starting November 16  —  According to NBCU, after the “soft launch” in the U.K. and Ireland, Peacock will continue to roll out across Sky platforms in territories including Germany, Italy …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Snap agrees a licensing deal with Sony Music, following its deals with UMG, WMG, and others, and will add its Sounds on Snap feature to AR Lenses  —  Snap has struck a licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment — which means the music of all three major labels/ publishers and many indies …
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  —  Pandemic-led changes to the nature of the newsroom look to be permanent and global, according to a new Changing Newsrooms report …
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  —  For any company, organization, or even individual writer, maintaining a consistent voice is a constant challenge.
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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
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
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Paris Martineau / The Information:
Sources: Amazon formed a PR team in 2016 to find 90%+ of media reports it deemed inaccurate within two hours of publication, and to obtain corrections
New York Times:
Apple, Spotify, and other companies that distribute podcasts have done little to rein in COVID-19 misinformation, escaping the scrutiny social media giants face
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WaPo corrects and removes portions of two articles from 2017 and 2019 that identified a Belarusian American businessman as a key source of the Steele dossier