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9:10 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.
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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama will use his last press conference to highlight his concerns about the restrictions Trump has placed on the media, says outgoing WH Press Sec Josh Earnest  —  The president will use his final press conference to highlight his concerns about the Trump's restrictions on the press.
Howard Kurtz / @howardkurtz:
Trump tells Fox & Friends he won't move reporters out of the briefing room because the press “went crazy”  —  Trump tells Fox & Friends he won't move reporters out of the briefing room because the press “went crazy”
Discussion: @blackamazon
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  —  The tweet that launched 80,000 subscriptions  —  A month has passed since Donald Trump gave Vanity Fair the social-media equivalent …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Variety and The Guardian
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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In an age of clickbait and online surveillance, the tactile experience of reading zines has gained a subversive appeal
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
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Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Viceland will launch across Sub-Saharan Africa through an exclusive partnership with Kwesé, operated by African telecom and pay-TV company Econet
Discussion: Media Update and C21Media
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Tarbell, a reader-funded reporting project focused on corporate cash's political influence and founded by ex-health insurance exec, to launch this summer
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