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4:50 PM ET, April 16, 2024


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David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR suspended Uri Berliner for five days without pay, starting on April 12, after he wrote an essay accusing NPR of losing the public's trust  —  NPR has formally punished Uri Berliner, the senior editor who publicly argued a week ago that the network had “lost America's trust” …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Internal email: Participant Media, which backed films like Green Book and Spotlight, is shutting down; sources: almost all of its 100 employees will be let go  —  Participant, the 20-year-old film and television production company whose mission was to inspire social justice and humanitarian action, is shutting down.
Richard Stengel / The Atlantic:
Publications should suspend paywalls for all 2024 US election coverage, as they get in the way of the public being informed, the foundation of democracy  —  The case for making journalism free—at least during the 2024 election  —  How many times has it happened?
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Mozilla and CheckFirst: Apple, Google, Meta, and others' ad transparency efforts are a work in progress, months after the EU's DSA mandated a searchable library  —  Efforts by tech giants to be more transparent about the ads they run are — at very best — still a work in progress …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TikTok signs a deal with ticketing provider AXS to let users buy tickets to live events in the US, UK, and more; TikTok has had a Ticketmaster deal since 2022  —  TikTok inked a partnership with ticketing provider AXS to let users of the popular video app discover and buy tickets to live events.
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify says 25% of paid users in the US, UK, and Australia have started an audiobook as part of their subscriptions; 57% are between 18 and 34 years old  —  - Spotify listeners skew younger, with 57% age 18 to 34  — Certain subscribers receive 15 hours of listening per month
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Amazon Live FAST channel, where influencers show off products, on Prime Video and Freevee in the US  —  Amazon is trying to keep live shopping relevant with the launch of an “Amazon Live” FAST (free ad-supported TV) channel on Prime Video and Freevee.
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The Intercept:
Memo: The New York Times told journalists covering the Israel-Hamas war to restrict the use of “genocide”, “ethnic cleansing”, and “occupied territory”
Byron Kaye / Reuters:
Two studies find Facebook blocking news in Canada could undermine political discourse by increasing user engagement with opinion and non-verified content
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Q&A with Jina Moore on resigning as volunteer EIC of Guernica after staff revolted over an essay by Israeli writer Joanna Chen, Guernica's politics, and more
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Major South African outlet The Daily Maverick takes down its site for a day to alert readers to ad revenue, grant funding, and philanthropic support “drying up”
Winston Cho / Hollywood Reporter:
Rust movie armorer Hannah Gutierrez is sentenced to 18 months in prison in the 2021 accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins