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1:55 PM ET, November 15, 2021

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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 …
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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.
Reuters:
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