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5:20 PM ET, January 27, 2017


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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Melania Trump wins the first round in a libel suit she filed against a Maryland blogger who claimed she worked as a “high-end escort”  —  First Lady Melania Trump prevailed Friday in the first round of a libel suit she filed against a Maryland blogger over a report he published …
H.G. Watson /
NYT hires Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter as its Toronto bureau chief; a Times editor says the paper has 44K subs in Canada, a 47% increase since 2015  —  By Dylan C. Robertson  —  The New York Times has hired its Toronto Bureau Chief.  —  Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
An estimated one-third of Canadian journalism jobs have been lost since 2010, says a new report, which offers 12 ways to safeguard the future of Canadian news
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘war’ with the media (and the facts) forces journalists to question their role  —  No president has ever said what Donald Trump has said, let alone said it a day into his administration.  “As you know,” he remarked Saturday, “I have a running war with the media.”
Carlos Greer / Page Six:
Sources: NBC is canceling the third hour of Today to make way for Megyn Kelly, who starts in September and will take over the 9AM or 10AM slot  —  More On:  —  NBC is canceling the third hour of “Today” to make way for new star Megyn Kelly, sources exclusively confirm to Page Six.
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Upworthy is merging with Good Worldwide, a media and consulting company; about 20 staffers from both companies have been let go  —  About 20 staffers were laid off as part of the merger  —  The viral news and video site Upworthy is merging with the media and consulting company Good Worldwide …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Recode's Ina Fried joins Politico co-founder's Axios Media as chief tech correspondent  —  Axios Media — a new media venture founded by former Politico executives — is beefing up its tech team with the new hiring of longtime reporter Ina Fried as its chief tech correspondent in San Francisco.
Lindsay Stein / Ad Age:
Publicis Groupe names Arthur Sadoun Chairman and CEO to succeed Maurice Levy June 1, 2017  —  After years of speculation about one of advertising's best-kept secrets, Publicis Groupe has answered the question of who will succeed Maurice Levy: The holding company today announced Arthur Sadoun will take the role of chairman and CEO.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Frontline annotated Trump's Road to the White House script to test new navigation and sharing techniques for films, provide alternate options for interaction  —  “The challenge for journalists now is to show how we have done our work.  The audience needs to have it at their fingertips …
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