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Swati Sharma to Become the Next Vox Editor in Chief

Sharma’s arrival serves as a replacement for the outgoing replaces Lauren Williams, who announced in a tweet in November that she would leave Vox in February.

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According to The New York Times, Swati Sharma, a managing editor at The Atlantic, will head to Vox as she’ll become the editor in chief of Vox.com beginning next month.

Sharma’s arrival serves as a replacement for the outgoing replaces Lauren Williams, who announced in a tweet in November that she would leave Vox in February. Williams will be departing to the media outlet to start a national nonprofit news organization called Capital B, serving Black audiences.

“Vox provides clarity,” Sharma said. “That’s the most important thing we need in our industry and that we can provide readers. The work I want to do at Vox with the team in place is figure out how to keep sharpening it, making it more distinctive.”

Before arriving at The Atlantic, Sharma worked as a deputy general assignment editor at The Washington Post and as an online editor at The Boston Globe, where she helped cover the Boston Marathon bombing. As for Sharma’s former position with The Atlantic, the media outlet did not immediately comment on its plans.

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Op-Ed by The Salt Lake Tribune Incites Controversy

The newspaper called for the National Guard to keep unvaccinated people confined to their homes.

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Pundits of vaccine mandates are questioning an op-ed by The Salt Lake Tribune that called for the National Guard to keep unvaccinated people confined to their homes.

The article said the best tool for fighting the virus is the current vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“That fluttering noise you hear coming from the direction of the Capitol building is the sound of the state of Utah waving the white flag of surrender in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Tribune’s editors wrote.

Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) reacted with outrage to the op-ed.

“The Salt Lake City Tribune editorial board – while masquerading as journalists – call on the military to target their own neighbors,” Roy tweeted. “Remember – these people want to come after you.”

Utah has the fourth-highest number of new COVID-19 cases of any state, and the Omicron variant’s prevalence has forced some students to return to remote learning.

“Gov. Spencer Cox and the new state epidemiologist, Dr. Leisha Nolen, let it officially be known Friday morning that there are so few tests available in the state, and so many people who reasonably fear that they have contracted the coronavirus, that anyone who is feeling the kind of symptoms associated with the disease should just assume they are infected and stay home,” the editorial added. 

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Company That Rates News Reliability Ready to Make Profit

In 2021, NewsGuard more than doubled its revenue in 2021 versus the year due to the licensing agreements with advertisers and other companies that use its ratings.

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NewsGuard, a four-year-old startup company that checks the web and rates the reliability of the information provided sources, states it’s trustworthy enough to turn a profit, per CNN.

In 2021, NewsGuard more than doubled its revenue in 2021 versus the year due to the licensing agreements with advertisers and other companies that use its ratings.

“To the degree that we can empower people with more information about which sources are trustworthy and to the degree that we can help advertisers stop subsidizing misinformation on the internet, we think we can make a real contribution to the news environment and to increasing trust in sources that deserve trust,” co-CEO Gordon Crovitz said.

The company is now growing into new regions, such as rating individual television shows and new markets, including Canada. 

“We think it’s important that we did this as a for-profit business that can be viable, that doesn’t have to depend on, you know, the kindness of strangers,” co-CEO Steven Brill said. “My own view is that that’s the path that journalism needs to take — to figure out business models that work.”

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Paramount+ Pulls the Plug on 60 Minutes Streaming Spinoff

The company is talking with 60 Minutes+ employees, who were notified of the decision, about potential positions across CBS

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After one season since its launch in March 2021, ViacomCBS’ Paramount+ has determined to cancel the 60 Minutes streaming spinoff, 60 Minutes+.

“We are proud of the team at 60 Minutes+ and of the stories they produced, which informed the audience about some of the most important issues of our time,” Paramount+ said in a statement.

“Their journalism was recognized with several awards, including a Gracie, National Headliner, and NABJ Salute to Excellence Award. The excellent work that has been done by the 60+ team will continue to be on Paramount+.”

The company is talking with 60 Minutes+ employees, who were notified of the decision, about potential positions across CBS, and intend on finding a home for content already filmed across CBS News platforms.

Pulling the plug on 60 minutes+ is a hit to CBS News who wants to get a new generation of consumers interested in the iconic 60 Minutes brand. The on-air staff of “60 Minutes+” consisted of Seth Doane, Wesley Lowery, Enrique Acevedo, and Laurie Segall. 

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