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UNC Chooses to Not Give Tenure to “1619 Project” Lead Author

Nikole Hannah-Jones has been hired to a journalism teaching post at the Chapel Hill campus

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The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill faces criticism over its decision to deny
tenure to award-winning New York Times Magazine writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, lead
author of The 1619 Project. NC Policy Watch first reported the university’s decision.

Conservative groups came out against her hire at the school last month, leading to
UNC-Chapel Hill’s decision not to offer her tenure. Throughout her career, Hannah-
Jones has received the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant.”

Despite support from the school’s chancellor and faculty, Hannah-Jones won’t obtain a
tenured teaching position at her alma mater. The decision led to many news media
members calling out the university; MSNBC’s Joy Reid said UNC-Chapel Hill is “dead
wrong” on Twitter.

“Universities should not be denying tenure based on right wing sensitivities to the
uncomfortable truths of history. That just goes flat out against the supposed goals of a
university education,” Reid tweeted.

PBS White House reporter Yamiche Alcindor was another vocal news media journalist
who took to Twitter to provide her thoughts on the university’s decision.

“UNC’s decision to deny tenure to @nhannahjones is absurd & a reminder of how hard
some work to deny the hard truth that is Nikole’s life work & the 1619 Project. She is a
Pulitzer Prizer winner & a MacArthur genius. What more needs to be said?” Alcindor
wrote.

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Elon Musk Committed to Buying Twitter Despite Deal Being on Hold

The Telsa CEO linked a Reuters report, stating that false or spam accounts depict fewer than 5-percent of its monetizable daily engaged users during the first quarter.

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Elon Musk’s endeavor to purchase Twitter is temporarily on pause due to the pending investigation into the number of bots that comprise the social media outlet’s userbase.

The Telsa CEO linked a Reuters report, stating that false or spam accounts depict fewer than 5-percent of its monetizable daily engaged users during the first quarter.

“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted on Friday. 

Musk then added that he’s “still committed to acquisition” of the social media giant. Twitter had 229 million users who were served advertising in the first quarter.

The disclosure came days after Musk, who has agreed to a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, tweeted that one of his priorities would be to rid “spam bots” from the platform.

Also, Twitter shares declined 11-percent pre-market trading after Musk tweeted the Reuters article; however, shares for Tesla increased as much as 4.9-percent. 

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Fired CNN+ Staffers Received Ill-Timed Gifts From the Company

The Wall Street Journal reports that CNN’s new parent company Warner Bros. Discovery provided a “gut punch” to the laid-off employees.

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Being fired or laid off is one of the worst feelings in the world, but it’s something that those in the media industry know will happen to them. However, they might not expect it a couple of months into a new job.

Nonetheless, employees who were fired following the demise of CNN+, which lasted only a month, got an ill-advised reminder that they no longer have a job with the defunct streaming service. 

The Wall Street Journal reports that CNN’s new parent company Warner Bros. Discovery provided a “gut punch” to the laid-off employees. It “mistakenly” mailed out the gifts to employees they had fired a week earlier. 

These gift boxes contained branded gear from pens to food containers and items such as a popcorn maker and headphones. Furthermore, the Journal added that some of the gifts had welcome notes.

“This is an incredible time to be part of CNN,” one note said. “Build relationships and take time to connect with colleagues and learn so that you make the most of your time here.”

CNN notified the newspaper that the company sent out the gifts by accident, but the ill-timed boxes to the former employees rubbed salt into an already raw wound.

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Michelle Tafoya to Be Keynote Interview at a Podcasting Conference

Radio Ink announced that Tafoya would be a keynote interview as part of The Radio Ink/Podcast Business Journal virtual podcast conference

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It’s been a busy week for former Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya. First, she’s back in the media business, as this week she announced a new podcast with Salem Podcast Network; now, she will be a keynote interview. 

Radio Ink announced that Tafoya would be a keynote interview as part of The Radio Ink/Podcast Business Journal virtual podcast conference held on July 18th and July 20th from 9 AM to 2 PM.

The conference is called “How to Make Real Money Podcasting,” with the second annual event hosted by Radio Ink & Podcast Business Journal Editor Ed Ryan. 

Tafoya is now in the podcasting business herself, hosting her new show called “Sideline Sanity,” which will debut on May 23rd and concentrate on life, politics, and world news with four episodes airing each week. 

“I’m thrilled to launch my first podcast with the Salem Podcast Network,” Tafoya said. “It’s exciting to join the chorus of talented Salem voices discussing the historic issues facing America and the world.”

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