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7:35 PM ET, March 22, 2023


 Top News: 
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 …
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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Ubisoft unveils Ghostwriter, an internal AI tool saving its scriptwriters time by creating first drafts and more realistic non-player character interactions  —  Ubisoft Ghostwriter is described by the company as ‘an AI tool’  —  Ubisoft, the publishers behind Assassin's Creed …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Sources: the WGA proposes letting writers use AI to write scripts without sharing credit or residuals, after previously considering regulating AI use in writing
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Newsmax and DirecTV announce an agreement to restore the conservative network to satellite TV, U-verse, and DirecTV Stream this week; terms were not disclosed  —  DirecTV's dispute with conservative network Newsmax — which turned bitter when the small channel enlisted support from Republican politicians …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon introduces new Fire TVs and the cheaper TV lineup 2-Series, and says 200M+ Fire TV devices have been sold  —  Amazon announced today that it has sold a total of over 200 million Fire TV devices.  That number is a combination of Fire TV streamers, third-party TVs that run Fire TV software …
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Source: ESPN fired EVP Rob King after harassment accusations; King tweeted that he “decided the time is right for me to leave the company” after nearly 20 years  —  ESPN has fired executive vice president Rob King after he was accused of harassment, The Post has learned.
Celeste Katz Marston / Nieman Reports:
A look at the exiled journalists and outlets from South Sudan, Eritrea, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Mexico, Belarus, and Russia covering their countries  —  As press freedoms around the globe erode, journalists are building networks outside their home countries to continue reporting
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Reach offers staff earning £60K or less a 4% raise; a source says Reach will employ ~1,200 journalists, down from 2,862 in 2022, after the planned redundancies  —  Reach is doubling down on growing direct audiences and data-driven digital revenues.  —  Reach has offered staff earning …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
MoffettNathanson predicts less spending on streaming TV shows and movies in 2023, especially by Warner Bros. Discovery, Paramount Global, and NBCUniversal  —  The number of new, original scripted series may start to shrink this year or next after hitting a record high in 2022, analysts warn.
Discussion: MediaPost
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.
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.
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Sarah Spicer / Committee to Protect Journalists:
News reports and journalists say at least 28 members of the press were obstructed, harassed, or attacked covering Nigerian elections on March 18 and March 19
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
The Boston Globe ends its two-year partnership with The Emancipator, leaving Boston University's Center for Antiracist Research to publish the digital outlet
Discussion: Nieman Lab
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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