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7:15 AM ET, January 18, 2017


 Top News: 
New York Times:
The NYT's 2020 report: the paper has 1.5M+ digital-only subs but needs to rapidly expand subscription revenue, hints at potential cuts to editing jobs, more  —  This report, by a team of seven Times journalists, outlines the newsroom's strategy and aspirations.
The New York Times Company:
In newsroom memo, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn confirm the paper will face budget cuts in 2017  —  Please see below for a note from executive editor, Dean Baquet, and managing editor, Joe Kahn:  —  Colleagues,  —  Our newsroom has been through …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Goals in NYT 2020 report: aggressive Trump coverage, budget cuts focusing on multilayered editing, more hiring of visual experts, more training, staff diversity  —  “For all the progress we have made, we still have not built a digital business large enough on its own to support a newsroom that can fulfill our ambitions."
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Chelsea Manning to be freed on May 17 rather than in 2045 after Obama commutes bulk of 35-year sentence  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Sources: publishers think it's unlikely Facebook will renew paid livestreaming deals, as it has been pushing them to focus on creating longer content  —  Publishers don't expect Facebook to renew the deals it was pushing last spring; now Facebook wants something else.
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump's threats against the press are mostly cheap stunts and bluffs, and journalistic access to White House isn't necessary for reporters to do their jobs
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Turkey detains New York Times correspondent Rod Nordland at Istanbul airport and then forces him to fly back to London without providing an explanation  —  Border officials in Turkey detained a veteran New York Times correspondent as he arrived at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on Tuesday …
Discussion: @greekanalyst and @brianstelter
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Fox to offer free livestream of the Super Bowl on as well as mobile and smart TV apps  —  Non-authenticated stream to support local ad insertion from participating Fox affiliates  —  Fox said it will offer a live, non-authenticated stream of Super Bowl LI via Fox Sports Go …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
A look at Axios as it launches today: a “nesting doll” of news with individual articles within excerpted summaries within a larger news stream  —  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.
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Dan Rather on Trump, BuzzFeed's decision to publish unverified allegations, his new social media stardom, and how journalism has changed  —  The veteran newsman speaks with the Hive about the threat facing journalism, his new social-media stardom, and how he ended up on the president-elect's “not-so-great” list.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Pearson shares down almost 25% after publisher issues profit warnings, says it will cut payout to shareholders, and sell its 47% stake in Penguin Random House  —  Education giant lines up sale of stake in largest book publisher to Bertelsmann as it cuts payout to shareholders
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Associated Press:
UC Davis protests led to cancellation of talk by Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos, Martin Shkreli; UC Davis' Interim Chancellor says he's “deeply disappointed”
Discussion: @boleygo
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
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Discussion: Media Update and C21Media
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
How The Washington Post and El País are bundling daily top stories in one post using new option for Facebook's Instant Articles
Discussion: @digiday
Peter Beaumont / The Guardian:
Publisher of Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth questioned by police about allegedly offering Netanyahu positive coverage in return for weakening the competition
Matthew Sheffield / Salon:
Neo-Nazi blogger and podcaster Mike Enoch, whose real name is Mike Peinovich, resigns from The Right Stuff after doxxers reveal his wife is Jewish
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite