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11:40 AM ET, May 16, 2022


 Top News: 
Megan Graham / Wall Street Journal:
Marriott launches the Marriott Media Network in partnership with Yahoo to help advertisers target consumers on the TVs in their rooms  —  Marriott will use anonymized data on its guests to help brands target their ads.  Walmart, Kroger, DoorDash and others have taken similar tacks, which come amid new privacy efforts
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Paramount appoints Marco Nobili as international general manager of Paramount+ and plans to expand Paramount+ and SkyShowtime to 60 markets by the end of 2022  —  Paramount Global promoted Marco Nobili to EVP, international general manager of Paramount+, as the media company has set …
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
A look at C-SPAN's social media and monetization efforts as its cable fee revenue, 98% of its budget, has fallen from a $70M peak to an estimated <$50M in 2022  —  Jeremy Art recently discovered a potentially click-generating social-media innovation: the adjective.  —  Art, 39, runs social media for C-SPAN.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify confirms it is running a test that lets select artists use NFTs on their profiles  —  Artists can already promote merch and tickets on their Spotify profiles.  Now the streaming service is testing a feature that will let them also promote their NFTs.
New York Times:
As the TV industry prepares to pitch upfronts to advertisers in-person for the first time in three years, a look at how the entertainment industry has changed  —  In the three years since the television industry's biggest companies pitched their shows to advertisers in person at the so-called upfronts …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple enables support for annual podcast subscriptions and will debut a distribution system in the fall to let podcast creators upload from 3rd-party providers  —  As the battle for podcaster talent and distribution heats up among providers, Apple this morning announced the launch of several …
Peter White / Deadline:
Sources: Netflix is exploring live streaming for its unscripted shows and stand-up specials, alongside live voting for competition series and talent contests  —  EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is going live for the first time.  —  Deadline understands that the streamer is exploring the launch of live streaming.
Columbia Journalism Review:
The Knight Institute has created a “reading room” to make the DOJ's OLC memos, which contain legal opinions shaping government policies, publicly accessible  —  In 2012, Charlie Savage, a New York Times reporter covering President Obama's controversial use of “recess appointments” …
Aaron Moss / Copyright Lately:
Senator Hawley's copyright bill targeting Disney is riddled with problems, and some media organizations reported on it as if his talking points were facts  —  Josh Hawley's proposed copyright legislation is riddled with problems, but you wouldn't know that from most media reports about the bill.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Ahead of midterms, pollsters consider major changes following presidential election misses, exploring texts and emails to supplement traditional phone calling  —  CHICAGO — The polling industry is on the precipice of its biggest change in decades, as pollsters try to battle back from consecutive presidential election failures.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Buffalo shooting suspect allegedly endorsed “great replacement theory”, a once-fringe racist idea promoted by Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and others  —  The suspect in Saturday's killing of 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket allegedly wrote a document endorsing …
Lee C. Bollinger / Columbia University:
Columbia University appoints Jelani Cobb as the next journalism school dean, as of August 1; Cobb, a professor at the school, is also a New Yorker staff writer  —  Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:  —  It is with great pleasure that I write to announce my appointment of Jelani Cobb …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Pulitzer Prizes' descriptions of winners have become effusive paragraphs with many adjectives, reflecting a movement to make the citations “stronger over time”
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New York Times:
Ukraine wins the Eurovision Song Contest, as European viewers and juries delivered an endorsement of solidarity, after organizers banned Russia this year
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
A look at My Friends My Data, a group of startup founders pushing for legislation to force tech giants like Meta to let creators transfer followers between apps
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
A district judge lets a defamation suit filed by a former Dominion Voting exec advance to trial against OANN, The Gateway Pundit, Trump's campaign, and others
 Earlier Picks: 
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Jen Psaki held her last briefing as White House press secretary on May 13, her 224th in ~16 months, more than all of Donald Trump's press secretaries combined
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff announces that she plans to step down at the end of 2022; source: Amna Nawaz and Geoff Bennett are expected to succeed her
Ron Cassie / Baltimore Magazine:
After shutting down in 2020, alt-weekly Baltimore Beat is relaunching as a bi-monthly, Black-led print newspaper and website thanks to a $1M gift from a charity