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2:50 PM ET, March 22, 2023


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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Memo: Spotify has spent less than 10% of its $100M Creator Equity Fund, announced in February 2022 to promote diversity in music after the Joe Rogan controversy  —  Spotify Technology SA's $100 million Creator Equity Fund, designed to promote diversity in music and podcasts following controversial comments …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Newsmax will return to DirecTV after the companies reach a new distribution agreement  —  DirecTV's dispute with conservative network Newsmax — which turned bitter when the small channel enlisted support from Republican politicians — is ending with Newsmax returning to programming lineups of satellite TV customers.
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Source: ESPN fired EVP Rob King, at the company for ~20 years, after harassment accusations; King tweeted that he “decided the time is right for me to leave”  —  ESPN has fired executive vice president Rob King after he was accused of harassment, The Post has learned.
Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
Jaron Schneider / PetaPixel:
Amazon-owned digital photography site DPReview is closing on April 10; people can request to download photos or texts they've uploaded to the site until April 6  —  DPReview, easily one of the most beloved publications among photography enthusiasts, will shut down and its content will be deleted.
Chris Stokel-Walker / BuzzFeed News:
Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins says Midjourney banned him after he made images of a Donald Trump arrest; the company banned the word “arrested” in its tool  —  “I suspect it was pushing my luck when I did the [Twitter] thread,” said Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Reach offers staff earning £60K or less a 4% pay rise; a source says Reach will employ ~1,200 journalists, down from 2,862 in 2022, after planned redundancies  —  Reach is doubling down on growing direct audiences and data-driven digital revenues.  —  Reach has offered staff earning £60,000 …
Reuters Institute:
An analysis of 100 news outlets in Brazil, Germany, South Africa, the UK, and the US in 2022: 23% of the 81 top editors are POC with none in Brazil and Germany  —  In this Reuters Institute factsheet, continuing work started in 2020, we analyse the percentage of people of colour …
Jef Feeley / Bloomberg:
Lawyers for Dominion and Fox News try to persuade a judge to resolve the defamation lawsuit against Fox without the jury trial scheduled to start on April 17  —  Ask lawyers about Eric Davis, the judge overseeing the $1.6 billion defamation suit against Fox News by Dominion Voting Systems …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News drops its lawsuit seeking a restraining order against producer Abby Grossberg but places her on leave after she filed two lawsuits against the network
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Sources: the WGA proposes allowing writers to use AI for scripts without sharing credit or residuals, after previously considering regulating AI use in writing  —  The Writers Guild of America has proposed allowing artificial intelligence to write scripts, as long as it does not affect writers' credits or residuals.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Instagram plans to roll out ads in search results globally in the coming months after initial tests and debuts Reminder Ads for opt-in upcoming event reminders  —  Meta is introducing two new tools on Instagram designed to open up additional avenues for advertising as the company grapples with weak advertising demand.
Sarah Spicer / Committee to Protect Journalists:
News reporters and journalists say at least 28 members of the press were obstructed, harassed, or attacked covering Nigerian elections on March 18 and 19  —  Nigerian authorities should thoroughly investigate incidents involving at least 28 journalists and media workers being harassed …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
UK publishers criticize new guidelines which could give police across England and Wales the option of not releasing the names of people charged with offenses  —  The proposed guidance states that forces “can” name charged suspects.  The current advice is they “should”.
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