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3:15 PM ET, January 20, 2017


 Top News: 
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed:
David Brock's True Blue Media, billed as the left's answer to Breitbart, hires watchdog investigative reporter David Sirota as its new CEO  —  WASHINGTON — True Blue Media, pitching itself as the left's answer to Breitbart, has picked an investigative reporter critical of Republicans and Wall Street Democrats alike as its new CEO.
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  —  After Donald Trump's victory, a debate broke out among journalists about where they should focus their attention during his presidency …
Columbia Journalism Review:
How newsrooms are gearing up to cover the Trump presidency and why media is entering one of its most challenging periods of the past century  —  Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, on March 1, 2016.  (Ty Wright / Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Since Meryl Streep's plug at the Golden Globes, the Committee to Protect Journalists has received $300K from about 2K individual donors  —  THE MORNING MEDIA PROFILE: CPJ'S AMERICAN MOMENT - “This is new,” Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, was telling Morning Media on the phone yesterday.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SEC filing: AT&T gained 200K+ paying video subscribers in Q4, “entirely driven by DirecTV Now”; DirecTV Now launched on November 30  —  Telco also discloses $1 billion charge in quarter related to pension and postemployment benefit plans  —  AT&T added more than 200,000 …
Paul Resnikoff / Digital Music News:
Norwegian newspaper: Tidal publicly claimed 3M members in March 2016, but paid music labels for just 850K subscribers a month later  —  How many subscribers does TIDAL really have?  A new study is now accusing the Jay Z-owned service of completely fabricating their numbers.  And not by a little bit.
Sources: President Trump will tap GOP commissioner Ajit Pai, a fierce critic of net neutrality, to lead the FCC  —  President Donald Trump will tap Ajit Pai as his pick to lead the FCC in the new administration, elevating the sitting GOP commissioner to the top spot overseeing …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Business Insider is launching a sub-Saharan version of its site in conjunction with Ringier Africa Digital Publishing on January 23  —  Business Insider announced Friday that it will launch a sub-Saharan version of its site in conjunction with Ringier Africa Digital Publishing.  —  The site will debut on Jan. 23.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox News signs former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a major backer of Brexit who campaigned for Trump, as a contributor  —  Fox News has signed former United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage as a contributor.  —  Farage — a major backer of Brexit who campaigned for President-elect Donald Trump
Discussion: @thehill, @ggreenwald and @dylanbyers
Corinne Grinapol / FishbowlDC:
Ozy Media launching year-long project, States of the Nation, with politics reporter Nick Fouriezos spending a week reporting in every state, starting January 22  —  There are 52 weeks in a year and 50 states in our country, a math that allows OZY Media to take a year to explore what's happening …
Discussion: @neil_s_parmar
James Warren / Poynter:
Fake news likely did not sway the election, according to a new study by Stanford and NYU academics  —  “Fake news” stories favoring Donald Trump far exceeded those favoring Hillary Clinton but did not have a significant impact on the presidential election, concludes a new survey of social and other media consumption.
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Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Exit interview with outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on net neutrality, privacy, cybersecurity, zero-rating, closed captioning, and more
Discussion: @freepress
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
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
Discussion: @marksimoneny
 Earlier Picks: 
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Wayne Barrett, who spent 37 years at the Village Voice investigating developers, landlords, and politicians, dies at 71
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
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