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4:10 PM ET, January 18, 2017

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Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
An open letter to Trump from the US press corps, on access, airtime, objective truth, dividing the press corps, and more  —  Dear Mr. President Elect:  —  In these final days before your inauguration, we thought it might be helpful to clarify how we see the relationship between your administration and the American press corps.
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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Obama emphasizes the importance of a free and adversarial press corps in his final press conference  —  Amid growing concerns about his successor's treatment of the media, President Barack Obama began his final press conference on Wednesday by stressing the importance of a free and adversarial press corps.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump says he will “pick” which reporters get into future press conferences at the White House and claims reporters will be “begging” for a larger room  —  said his administration will not move the press briefing room.  —  “The press went crazy, so I said …
SPJ News:
SPJ, 60 other journalism groups, ask Trump administration for meeting on government access  —  INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists and 60 other journalism organizations have requested a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to discuss access to government.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
In broad ranging interview, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker says the era of access journalism is over, discusses Trump, Megyn Kelly, more  —  At his press conference last week, President-elect Trump refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta, denouncing the network as a purveyor of “fake news.”
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump's hotel in DC has banned journalists during inauguration week; a Politico reporter, at the venue for a breakfast meeting, was prevented from entering  —  The Trump International Hotel in Washington is banning the media from its premises during inauguration week.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Quartz Editor-in-Chief Kevin Delaney says the site is working on a subscription product  —  Qz.com will remain free.  But it's working on a research product.  —  Quartz, the business news site owned by Atlantic Media, gives away its global economics coverage to anyone who wants to click.
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
How recent college graduate Cameron Harris launched a fake news operation that published a viral story about fraudulent Clinton ballots found in Ohio  —  ANNAPOLIS, Md. — It was early fall, and Donald J. Trump, behind in the polls, seemed to be preparing a rationale in case a winner like him somehow managed to lose.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Sources: NBCUniversal to shut down Esquire Network cable channel, relaunching the brand as a digital-only service  —  NBCUniversal will shutter Esquire Network's linear cable channel and relaunch the brand as a digital-only platform, Variety has learned.  The decision to end …
Washington Post:
Washington Post debuts The Lily, a publication for millennial women, featuring original content and WaPo stories, initially available on platforms like Facebook  —  The Washington Post today announces The Lily, an experimental, visually-driven product designed for millennial women …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Axios launches with a vertical news stream resembling Facebook's News Feed, presenting brief excerpts of stories  —  Chances are, you're not going to finish this article.  —  The rise of social media has turned us into a legion of swipers and scrollers who rarely reach the end of a story.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
After being criticised by Trump on Twitter, Vanity Fair gained 80K subscribers; Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter says 2016 may have been the magazine's best year  —  A month has passed since Donald Trump gave Vanity Fair the social-media equivalent of a middle finger by firing off a tweet about its …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
WPP CEO Martin Sorrell says clients spent $90M, three times the WPP forecast, on Snapchat last year  —  Clients of WPP, the world's largest advertising firm, spent $90 million on Snapchat last year, helping the ephemeral messaging app to become a threat to Facebook, chief executive Martin Sorrell told CNBC on Tuesday.
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
The New York Times appoints David Perpich, a senior executive at the paper who helped establish its paywall, president and general manager of The Wirecutter
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The centralization of the internet via app stores has made government censorship of the press easier, as shown by the removal of the NYT's app in China
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