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6:55 AM ET, January 20, 2017


 Top News: 
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
As Trump prepares to take office, an analysis of where journalists went wrong in covering his campaign  —  On Friday at noon, a Category 5 political cyclone that few journalists saw coming will deposit Donald Trump atop the Capitol Building, where he'll be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
Michael Massing / The Nation:
To understand what's driving Trump's supporters, editors need to create a series of new beats focusing on religion, blue-collar workers, poverty, and more  —  To understand what's driving his supporters, editors need to create a series of new beats.  —  By ,
Discussion: MediaShift
Alexandra Ellerbeck / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Q&A with First Amendment attorney James Goodale on press freedom and the challenges facing journalists as the Trump administration prepares to take office  —  As a new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S., CPJ examines the status of press freedom …
Discussion: @pressfreedom and @joelcpj
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
New York Times stands by story saying Cabinet nominee Rick Perry “knew almost nothing” about Energy Department five weeks ago, just after being offered position  —  The New York Times is standing by its story about former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's nomination as energy secretary …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Four examples of how Trump coverage is flawed, including a thinly sourced NYT report on Rick Perry and a WaPo headline mocking Sonny Perdue's religion
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Wayne Barrett, who spent 37 years at the Village Voice investigating developers, landlords, and politicians, dies at 71  —  Wayne Barrett, the muckraking Village Voice columnist who carved out a four-decade career taking on developers, landlords and politicians, among them Donald J. Trump …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Quartz ends three-year-old Next Billion conference, lays off three, will focus on projects like new subscription business  —  It will focus on projects like a new subscription business instead.  —  Quartz, the digital business news publisher, is going to stop putting on a high-end technology conference.
Discussion: @bmorrissey and @rafat
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Exit interview with outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on net neutrality, privacy, cybersecurity, zero-rating, closed captioning, and more  —  If you're familiar with the comedian John Oliver, then you may also remember the man he once memorably called a “dingo.”
Discussion: @freepress
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Nielsen: Tucker Carlson averaged just under 3M viewers in his first week in Fox's primetime line-up, 10% more than the 2.72M Megyn Kelly averaged last year  —  NEW YORK (AP) — In his first week, Tucker Carlson moved seamlessly into Megyn Kelly's time slot at Fox News Channel without skipping a beat in the ratings.
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Fusion TV launches Fusion Fights, a cross-platform project elevating social justice issues that impact young and diverse communities overlooked by the press  —  As the world prepares for Donald Trump to be sworn in as the 45th president on Friday, Fusion has decided to ramp up it's efforts …
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Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
Seumas Milne, on leave from The Guardian since being appointed Jeremy Corbyn's director of communications in 2015, is formally leaving the paper
Discussion: Telegraph and The Independent
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Facebook unblocks RT after 20-hour ban from posting articles, photos, and videos, after the publication had allegedly run a pirated stream of Obama's presser
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
LA Weekly is up for sale, Voice Media Group announces, as part of a realignment that began when a new ownership group took over four years ago