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4:55 PM ET, February 28, 2023


 Top News: 
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack says its newsletters have 20M+ monthly active subscribers and 2M paid subscriptions, up from 1M in November 2021, as Big Tech rival offerings shutter  —  There are more than 2 million paid subscriptions to writers on Substack, Axios has learned — up from 1 million last reported in November 2021.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Source: Jonathan Capehart quit the Washington Post's editorial board in December over an editorial on the Georgia senate runoff, leaving the board with no POC  —  Jonathan Capehart quit the Washington Post editorial board after a dispute over an editorial about 2024 politics …
James Pomfret / Reuters:
Two Reuters reporters were impersonated on Telegram, Instagram, and other services to gather details about activists' protests against China's COVID-19 controls  —  Two Reuters journalists had their identities faked by an unknown person or people who then used sham social media accounts …
Financial Times:
Some marketers worry that Meta's AI-based Advantage+ ad tool, added after Apple's ATT to generate multiple ads, forces them to relinquish too much control  —  Social network claims successes with tool to counteract Apple's privacy changes that resulted in billions in lost revenue
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard adds a beta feature in its iOS app letting Mastodon users see posts from people they follow as Twitter integration may become unreliable  —  Magazine app Flipboard is joining the Fediverse — the group of interconnected servers powering a range of open source, decentralized applications …
Discussion: Engadget, CNET, @anthony, @shoq, @shoq and @mmccue
New York Times:
Court docs: in a January 2023 deposition, Rupert Murdoch said that several Fox News hosts endorsed the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump  —  Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul, spoke under oath last month in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox by Dominion Voting Systems.
Fox News lawsuit filing: Dominion alleges that Rupert Murdoch gave Jared Kushner confidential info about Joe Biden's political ads and debate strategy in 2020
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner says the outlet plans to phase out its German print editions, affecting Bild and Welt, in the coming years and focus on the US  —  The media conglomerate aims to eliminate print editions in the medium term  —  BERLIN—The German owner of Politico …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The UK's Court of Appeal rules that Brexit donor Arron Banks should receive libel damages from freelance journalist Carole Cadwalladr over her Ted Talk claims  —  Arron Banks should receive libel damages from freelance journalist Carole Cadwalladr over claims made in a Ted Talk that he had a …
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: former Paramount Global executive David Nevins in recent weeks offered to buy Showtime for $3B+, backed by General Atlantic, but was turned down  —  David Nevins was latest Showtime suitor to be rebuffed by Paramount over past few years  —  Former Paramount Global PARA -2.15%decrease …
Discussion: The Desk
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Penguin Random House forms adult publishing division Crown Publishing Group, after its CEO and US CEO left and a judge blocked its Simon & Schuster acquisition  —  The country's largest publisher has had a rocky few months since a deal to buy a rival fell through, and some of its top executives left.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with iHeartMedia's Conal Byrne on overseeing podcasting at the company, the industry maturing, RSS, radio and podcast ads, subscriptions, and exclusivity  —  Amid layoffs and a looming recession, folks are concerned about the audio industry. iHeart's podcast head Conal Byrne is not worried.
Discussion: RAIN News, The Drum and Barrett Media
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Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
CEO Jesse Dorogusker says Tidal will end its direct artist payout program, which paid $500K since launching in 2021, and use more funds to back emerging artists
Melanie Goodfellow / Deadline:
Vice France EIC Paul Douard announces the Vice Media Group's French subsidiary will close “between now and the end of March”, affecting 30 employees in Paris
Minnie Chan / South China Morning Post:
Taiwan proposes stiffer penalties for “dissemination of fake news and misinformation” and requiring the media to cooperate with the military in investigations
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
BBC employees in England who are National Union of Journalists members vote in favor of a strike, which would be the first major strike at the outlet since 2010
Discussion: The Guardian and HoldtheFrontPage
 Earlier Picks: 
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
ABC: UK local daily newspaper sales fell 19% YoY on average in H2 2022 and non-dailies fell 13% YoY; Reach titles like Manchester Evening News were hit hardest
Discussion: HoldtheFrontPage
John Leland / New York Times:
A look at the vicious fight between local newspapers The Village Sun, WestView News, The Villager, and The Village View in New York City's Greenwich Village
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
Inside The New York Times as staff clash over its trans coverage; a source says leaders mulled serious punitive measures for signees of the contributors' letter