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4:05 PM ET, May 9, 2022


 Top News: 
Rafqa Touma / The Guardian:
NYT removes the word fetus from its Wordle answers to keep the game “distinct from the news”, saying it tried to switch the word for as many users as possible  —  The Times says it tried to switch the word for as many users as possible, apparently in response to the supreme court's draft Roe v Wade ruling
The Pulitzer Prizes:
List of 2022 Pulitzer Prize winners, including Jennifer Senior of The Atlantic for feature writing and the NYT for national and international reporting  —  Public Service The Washington Post For its compellingly told and vividly presented account of the assault on Washington on January 6 …
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
The Washington Post is awarded the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for public service for its coverage of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol and its aftermath  —  More than 100 journalists contributed to reporting on the Capitol insurrection that was honored by the Pulitzer Prize's most prestigious award.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
PwC/IAB: podcast ad revenue in the US hit $1.45B in 2021, up 72% YoY, and is expected to grow 47% to $2.13B in 2022 and double over two years to $4.2B in 2024  —  Listen to this: The podcast advertising biz is continuing its upward trajectory — with U.S. ad sales expected to grow 47% this year …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
The war in Ukraine has renewed calls for the NYT to return a Pulitzer awarded 90 years ago for work by its Soviet Union correspondent known for defending Stalin  —  The New York Times is looking to add to its list of 132 Pulitzer Prizes — by far the most of any news organization …
Anushree Dave / The Block:
Mark Zuckerberg says Meta will start letting some US creators test digital collectibles and NFTs on Instagram this week, and won't charge for sharing NFTs  —  Meta will start testing digital collectibles and NFTs on Instagram this week, according to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.
Ross Barkan / Political Currents:
An NYT investigation confirming that New York mayor Ed Koch was a gay man ignores its own role in the homophobia that in part led to Koch staying in the closet  —  What their Ed Koch feature missed  —  On Saturday, the New York Times published a 5,000-word investigation into the sexuality of New York's 105th mayor, Ed Koch.
Ivana Saric / Axios:
The US sanctions Kremlin-controlled TV networks Channel One Russia, Russia-1, and NTV, blocking them from receiving any American advertising dollars  —  The U.S. targeted Kremlin-controlled media outlets and prominent banks in a slate of new sanctions on Russia announced by the Treasury on Sunday.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
“Open source” news investigations that tie together interviews with eyewitness-provided audio and video are common in Ukraine coverage and test vetting methods  —  NEW YORK (AP) — One of the more striking pieces of journalism from the Ukraine war featured intercepted radio transmissions …
Samhita Mukhopadhyay / The Atlantic:
On the eve of Bitch's closure, a look at the evolution of feminist media, whose concerns have been taken on by mainstream media and voices on social media  —  In the late 1990s, learning about something obscure took effort.  You'd have to make your way to the right bookstore …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Dirt, an entertainment and culture newsletter that was the first to fund itself solely through NFTs, raises a $1.2M seed to invest in more Web3 projects
Tom Caswell / Input:
Inside the failure of VENN, a gaming TV network with $45M in funding that shut down months after launch, as former employees accuse the company of mismanagement
Los Angeles Times:
After Netflix's subscriber loss, rivals are rethinking content spending and traditional TV revenue-generating methods, like advertising and the sale of programs
Juwan Holmes / Mediaite:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett reports 1.75M paid digital subs in Q1, up 44% YoY, a net loss of $3M on $748.1M in revenue, down 3.7% YoY, and digital circulation revenues up 30% YoY
Feven Merid / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the poor state of media freedom in Haiti and the dangers journalists face in the country as both gangs and politicians strive to control coverage
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
US newsrooms must reframe abortion coverage, as some remind journalists to avoid political speech, which tends to stifle the conversation within newsrooms