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4:00 PM ET, February 9, 2017


 Top News: 
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Sources: at least two candidates have turned down WH communications director job, a position that has remained vacant since Jason Miller resigned in December  —  At least two candidates have turned down the job of White House communications director.  —  Controlling the message coming …
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Twitter reports Q4 revenue of $717M, missing estimates, but beats on earnings as MAUs grew 2M from Q3 2016, reaching 319M  —  Twitter missed analysts' expectations for its fourth-quarter revenue — reporting $717 million versus estimates of $740 million — as advertising spend lagged behind …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Flush with donations, ProPublica is planning to add 15-25 journalists to its newsrooms in New York and Illinois as it reorients itself to cover Trump  —  Bleak about the future of journalism?  Here are some encouraging statistics:  — In 2015, ProPublica ended the year with $450,000 in small donations …
Discussion: @charlesornstein and @laur_katz
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Bob Costas ends his 24-year run as NBC's prime-time Olympics host, reducing his overall workload at the network as he takes on a role similar to Tom Brokaw's  —  When NBC televises next year's Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, a familiar face will be gone from the prime-time anchor seat …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Pew study: US adult news consumers can only recall the source of a news link 56% of the time, and 10% name Facebook as a news source  —  “The online news experience is a mix of deliberateness and serendipity,” a new report from Pew finds, noting that no one particular path to finding online news is dominant among users.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Sources: Google combines product teams for YouTube Music and Google Play Music, likely paving way for a single music app in the future  —  Come together, right now, over me  —  According to several sources familiar with the change, the product teams working on YouTube Music and Google Play Music are being combined into a single unit.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting:
WV Gov. Jim Justice proposes elimination of all state funding for WV Public Broadcasting in new budget, which would translate into staff layoffs of up to 75%  —  In his proposed budget, Governor Justice proposes the elimination of all state funding for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
Discussion: Current, @farrahfazal and
Trey Williams / MarketWatch:
Gannett beats Q4 expectations with revenue at $867M, up from $739M a year earlier, but print advertising revenue is still declining  —  Gannett Co. Inc. GCI, +8.51% shares rose nearly 9% in premarket trade on Thursday after the USA Today owner reported fourth-quarter earnings that were better than Wall Street had forecast.
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Jane Martinson / The Guardian:
Sources: Rupert Murdoch was in the room for Trump's Times of London interview with Michael Gove, a sign of his close ties with the president and his family
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
UK mag Private Eye hit highest circulation in 55-year history in second half of 2016, up 9% YoY; its Christmas issue also had biggest sales ever at 287K copies
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Jasper Jackson / The Guardian:
In an unusual move, Wikipedia editors vote to ban The Daily Mail as a source after finding it “generally unreliable”