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12:50 AM ET, January 28, 2014


 Top News: 
Jack Shafer:
The limits of Ezra Klein's star power  —  No greater act of press criticism exists than to launch your own publication.  Starting anew allows a journalist to leave the cracked glass, dents and rust of the old behind, to reject the past and all its mistakes and compromises, and to show by example how the work should be done.
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff on Ezra Klein's Plan to Re-Imagine the News  —  News and Culture Site Expected to Launch in the Spring  —  The parent company of tech news site The Verge and sports blog SB Nation has lured The Washington Post's recently departed politics-and-policy wunderkind Ezra Klein …
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
China Appears Set to Force Times Reporter to Leave  —  BEIJING — Despite objections raised by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in meetings with its top leaders, China appears set to force a correspondent for The New York Times to leave the country this week, and it is continuing to block …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Bloomberg's China business grows despite ‘brouhaha’
Discussion: Forbes
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Inside's News Is Longer Than Twitter, Shorter Than Business Insider and Jason Calacanis Says You'll Love It  —  It's 2014.  Do we need another service that summarizes news other people have written?  —  Yes, says Jason Calacanis.  And because Jason Calacanis is a very persuasive pitchman …
Discussion: The Verge
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Comcast, Charter Said to Near Pact on Time Warner Cable Assets  —  Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) is near a deal to buy New York City, North Carolina and New England cable assets from Charter Communications Inc. if shareholders approve Charter's takeover bid for Time Warner Cable Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said.
Susan Crawford / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable Sale Will Cost Us All
Discussion: Light Reading
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Omidyar: First Look plans to launch ‘family of digital magazines’  —  In a video explaining his plans for First Look Media, founder/funder Pierre Omidyar says that in addition to a flagship site covering news, entertainment, sports and politics, the venture plans to launch “a family of digital magazines.”
Discussion: Mashable and NetNewsCheck Latest
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Pierre Omidyar releases video previewing First Look Media
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nate Silver has hired 15 journalists for FiveThirtyEight and plans relaunch “early this year”  —  Status Update: Building FiveThirtyEight  —  We're continuing to build our team of journalists at FiveThirtyEight as we prepare for re-launch with our partners at ESPN and ABC News early this year.
Discussion: @brianstelter, @dansinker and @burger
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Facebook Is Seeking “Editors” for News App  —  For years, Facebook has sworn by the power of algorithms to serve users a personalized mix of status updates, stories and photos.  It's what makes up the heart of the company's premier product, the News Feed.  —  Soon, Facebook will add another approach …
Rachele Kanigel / Mediashift:
SF Chronicle Hopes Incubator Will ‘Turn Around Legacy Media Company’  —  After two decades of being pummeled by savvy tech companies that have stolen its readers, its advertisers and perhaps even its place as the leading media company in town, the San Francisco Chronicle has decided to fight innovation with innovation.
Discussion: @mediatwit
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Leaked ‘Hateful Eight’ Script (Exclusive)  —  The director takes legal action over the distribution of his script.  —  Quentin Tarantino  —  Quentin Tarantino has filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media for allegedly disseminating copies of his script, The Hateful Eight.
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
News Websites Proliferate, Stretching Thin Ad Dollars  —  Many Generate Revenue by Hosting Conferences  —  Big profits in online news may be as scarce as buried gold but that isn't deterring journalists and investors from rushing into the sector.  —  In the past few months …
Discussion: @aburnspolitico and @mattyglesias
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
ProPublica's Richard Tofel: ‘Our mission is to end abuses of power’  —  The president of the non-profit investigative journalism website on measuring impact, team work - and Edward Snowden  —  Richard Tofel has had a dream.  It came upon him the night before we meet and he is still a little rattled by it.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
To Cover State of the Union, Fusion Taps Talking Animals and A Chatty Hot Dog  —  Cable net backed by Univision and ABC News strikes out in satirical direction to stand apart from TV-news pack  —  When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, NBC News will trot out Brian Williams to anchor its coverage.
Discussion: TVNewser and @rove
Robert Lipsyte / ESPN:
ESPN Ombudsman criticises Grantland's Dr. V story, calls it “inexcusable”  —  Dr. V story understandable, inexcusable  —  A young golfer's obsession with an oddly shaped putter invented by a mysterious scientist and endorsed on YouTube?  I will give that kind of story …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Q&A: Andrew Golis on matching great journalism with big audiences (and, oh yeah, dollars)  —  Andrew Golis has been hanging out at The Atlantic for the past six months or so, getting to know people and working on whatever interests him.  Golis was hired in June to inaugurate the role …
Discussion: @agolis, @ceodonovan and @amlwhere
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why Capital New York's $6,000 paywall will probably work  —  When Politico's owner bought Capital New York in September, the move came as a surprise to many of us, but it could certainly be seen as a concrete assertion of the viability of Politico's business model, which is hybrid …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The mobile inevitability: How CNN is prepping for the majority-mobile audience coming in 2014  —  This will be the year CNN sees the majority of its online audience come from mobile devices.  —  There's a level of inevitability to that stat that almost seems boring at this point.
Discussion: @niemanlab and @iammobilebob
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Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Discussion: Folio and Capital New York
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Dish, DirecTV Team For Addressable Political Ads
 Earlier Picks: 
Brian Lowry / Variety:
Howard Kurtz reneges on promise to cover new Ailes biography on MediaBuzz
Discussion: Gawker and @pwgavin
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Stop Beating a Dead Fox
MSNBC to launch new daytime schedule, Ronan Farrow to host at 1 p.m.
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Yahoo's Former Chief Revenue Officer Joins Millennial Media As Its CEO
Discussion: AdExchanger
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Post names David Brinker as President, announces record web traffic
Discussion: FishbowlNY