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9:35 AM ET, January 23, 2015


 Top News: 
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Jezebel staffers express concern after Gawker Media seating chart is published  —  Staffers at Jezebel, Gawker Media's women's blog, are upset that Gawker's new seating chart was leaked to and published on The Awl, a blog founded by a former editor at Gawker.
Discussion: @petersterne, The Awl and Gawker
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Vice News debuts ‘virtual reality news broadcast’ of US Millions March  —  Digital artist Chris Milk and Spike Jonze's report was filmed at December protest in New York after death of Eric Garner  —  The current wave of interest in virtual reality technology may be fuelled by games …
John McDermott / Digiday:
Sources: Snapchat's Discover feature will include content created by newly hired media team  —  Inside Snapchat's original media ambitions  —  Snapchat wants to be more than just a distribution channel for other media companies; it's planning on becoming a publisher itself.
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Mother of Japanese reporter Kenji Goto makes public appeal for his life after Islamic State abduction  —  Japanese Isis hostage Kenji Goto's mother makes tearful appeal  —  Junko Ishido calls for end to hatred as supposed deadline approaches for paying ransom for two captured men
Simon Houpt / Globe and Mail:
After conflict of interest allegations, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. bans on-air journalists from paid appearances  —  In wake of Amanda Lang controversy, CBC bans on-air journalists from making paid appearances  —  The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is banning all outside paid appearances …
Linda Ge / The Wrap:
DreamWorks Animation to Cut 500 Jobs, Release Fewer Films  —  DreamWorks Animation will release two films per year, down from three, and cut approximately 500 jobs across the board in a restructuring of its core feature animation business, the company announced Thursday.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Television Becomes a Force at Sundance Film Festival  —  PARK CITY, Utah — The Sundance Television Festival this is not.  —  That snarky, small-screen nickname is nonetheless being tossed around by some of the Hollywood attendees who are gathering here for the 31st Sundance Film Festival, which starts on Thursday.
Discussion:, @nytimes and The Corsair
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Persado Raises $21 Million to Replace Human Copywriters With Computers  —  Persado Inc. has raised another $21 million for software that aims to replace copywriters with computers, in another demonstration of the power of machines to solve problems that used to be the sole domain of humans.
Mark Wilson / Co.Design:
The Upshot: Where The New York Times Is Redesigning News  —  Should I buy a condo or continue renting?  I'd been asking myself that question as I perused Chicago real estate, uncertain how market gains, taxes, tax breaks, maintenance costs, homeowners insurance, mortgage payments, and assessments would add up for me financially.
Discussion: @fst and @jbarro
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The case for, and against, integrated print-digital newsrooms  —  In the dot-com days, publishers tended to treat their online counterparts as second-class bolt-ons to their print editions.  When it became clear the Web was here to stay, they had to demonstrate they were serious about growing their Web operations.
Discussion: @marcwalder
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The case for Marissa Mayer, as key metrics suggest the turnaround at Yahoo is on track  —  Marissa Mayer's Plan for Yahoo Takes Hold.  The Question Now Is Time.  —  When Marissa Mayer was offered the chief executive job at Yahoo in the summer of 2012, she had a script for returning …
Eric Athas / Nieman Lab:
NPR tests audio to find what people share: explainers, strange sounds, storytelling, quick reviews  —  From explainers to sounds that make you go “Whoa!”:  The 4 types of audio that people share  —  Editor's note: Public radio produces a lot of audio — but it doesn't always get the attention …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Journalist and Anonymous advocate Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in prison on charges stemming from Stratfor hack  —  Barrett Brown has been sentenced to 63 months in prison  —  After years of legal battles, Barrett Brown's legal saga has finally come to a close.
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Marc Graser / Variety:
Annapurna Pictures Forms Virtual Reality Division
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
Caroline Alexander / Bloomberg:
Egypt President Seeks End to Jazeera Reporters' Detention
Discussion: TVNewser and @malonebarry
John Otis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
How Ecuador's plans to make communications a public service is threat to free press
Discussion: @albertocairo
Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
How Björk and Madonna acted quickly when digital thieves leaked album tracks
Discussion: @kathryngoldman and @joecoscarelli
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Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Tony Verna, Who Started Instant Replay and Remade Sports Television, Dies at 81
Discussion: @dleonhardt
Jessica Davies / The Drum:
AOP in talks with UK publishers to pool inventory for private marketplace launch