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8:30 AM ET, March 7, 2023


 Top News: 
Vox plans to retire its Recode and The Goods brands, moving Recode's coverage to Vox's tech section and The Goods' coverage into its culture and money sections  —  Today, Vox announced it will retire the branding for Recode and The Goods.  You can still find all the same great work …
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
How TV Rain and dozens of other exiled Russian media outlets flocked to Latvia's capital of Riga, only to encounter a distrustful public and strict regulations  —  Dozens of media outlets have fled to the capital of Latvia, only to encounter a distrustful public and a set of strictly enforced laws and regulations.
Isobel Koshiw / The Guardian:
Ukrainian reporters say wartime censorship and a shared sense that the army is also protecting journalists has made reporting on army corruption a challenge  —  War restrictions on press freedom and a sense the army is protecting officials complicates the task of rooting out corruption
Discussion: @andrew__roth
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Legal experts say the $1.6B Dominion lawsuit puts Fox News in real jeopardy as the amount and weight of evidence surpasses other major, recent defamation cases  —  Outside legal observers say the Fox News Channel finds itself in real legal jeopardy in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit brought …
Benedict Evans:
Analysis: Amazon had $38B in 2022 ad revenue, more than the entire global newspaper industry and likely more than the revenue Prime generated from subscriptions  —  I first started paying attention to Amazon's ad business a couple of years ago, when a line called ‘other’ in the back of the accounts started to grow really fast.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Paramount Global explores selling a majority stake of BET Media Group, which caters primarily to Black audiences; actor Tyler Perry expressed interest  —  Potential sale of part of parent of BET and VH1 would help Paramount shore up resources for streaming
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Karan Deep Singh / New York Times:
A profile of Meena Kotwal, the founder of The Mooknayak, an online news outlet she started two years ago to cover Dalits and other marginalized groups in India  —  Meena Kotwal started a news outlet focused on Dalit and other marginalized groups in India, hoping that telling their stories will help improve their lives.
Corinne Purtill / Los Angeles Times:
Simon & Schuster suspends sales of CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus' The Book of Animal Secrets, pending a rewrite amid allegations of plagiarism  —  The publication of a new book by Dr. David Agus, the media-friendly USC oncologist who leads the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute …
Alexander Lee / Digiday:
The Washington Post launches On the Record, a daily news quiz and its first in-house game, as the outlet hopes to attract new subscribers using gamification  —  Last week, the Washington Post launched its first in-house gaming product, just over a month after announcing the closure of Launcher, WaPo's gaming and esports vertical.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Swiss VPN provider Proton sets up dedicated servers to access Deutsche Welle in Russia, Turkey, and Iran, all countries where the German broadcaster is blocked
Steven Melendez / Fast Company:
Rebel Girls, which publishes women-focused podcasts and books, raised an $8M Series A led by Penguin Random House and plans to expand to TV, theatre, and more
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Memo: SiriusXM cuts 475 jobs, or 8% of its workforce, amid a restructuring, as CEO Jennifer Witz cites investments in the business and an “uncertain” economy
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. Discovery changes its compensation packages for CEO David Zaslav and other executives, offering bonuses based on free cash flow and debt reduction
Rowena Mason / The Guardian:
UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman plans to amend the Public Order Bill to protect coverage of protests after a reporter and photographers were arrested in 2022