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3:05 PM ET, April 15, 2022


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Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
Food site The Counter says it doesn't have enough funding to keep publishing, but filings show it had $5M in assets in 2021 and $1.8M in expenses in 2020  —  On Thursday, Kate Cox, the editor-in-chief of the food site The Counter, published a piece called “The Hardest Story To Write.”
Kate Cox / The Counter:
The Counter, a nonprofit newsroom that investigated the forces shaping how and what Americans eat, will cease publication on May 20 after nearly seven years  —  I'm writing with news I hoped I'd never have to report.  After nearly seven years publishing some of the most provocative …
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Reader editorial union says co-owner Len Goodman has blocked its sale to become a nonprofit and asked to appoint members to the board to retain control  —  Len Goodman, honor your word and free the Reader.  —  In February, the Tribune published an op-ed in which Invisible Institute …
Leonard Goodman /
Chicago Reader's Len Goodman says its nonprofit transition is stalled because management won't accept the board's demand it guarantee space for dissenting views  —  A case study in how allegedly neutral analysts hired by publications or social media can effectively cancel good-faith questions …
Discussion: @robert_scheer
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Analysis: news publishers raised nearly $12M from selling NFTs since March 2021; Time Magazine earned the most with $10M+ and The New York Times made $560K  —  News publishers analysed by Press Gazette have sold nearly $12m (£9m) worth of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) since March 2021.
The Guardian:
Russia charges a Siberian journalist for an article critical of the war in Ukraine and sentences four student journalists to 2 years' “corrective labor”  —  Criminal case opened against website editor who alleged that 11 riot police had refused deployment to Ukraine
Discussion: @andreasharsono
Matei Rosca / Politico:
Two journalists in Romania say they were harassed after publishing articles critical of the prime minister and a top military academy professor  —  Two prominent Romanian journalists say they've faced threats and intimidation for publishing stories critical of powerful public figures …
Diane Haithman / The Wrap:
HFPA interim CEO confirms plans to add 200 non-member voters and turn it into a private, for-profit company, with profits going to member freelance journalists  —  Hollywood Foreign Press Association Interim CEO Todd Boehly on Thursday confirmed his intention to institute radical changes …
Discussion: @sharonwaxman
Michael Warren / CNN:
RNC votes unanimously to withdraw from its participation in the Commission on Presidential Debates  —  The Republican National Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to withdraw from its participation in the Commission on Presidential Debates, the organization that has long governed general-election presidential debates.
Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
CNN and other news outlets sue VA governor, claiming he is violating FOIA by not turning over emails sent to a tip line about “divisive practices” in schools  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin is violating the state's public records law by refusing to turn over emails sent …
Discussion: WTTG-TV
The Moscow Times:
Russia blocks the Russian-language site of the Moscow Times for publishing a “false report” on riot police officers refusing to fight in Ukraine  —  Russia blocked The Moscow Times' Russian-language service on Friday after it published what authorities call a false report …
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