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8:40 AM ET, February 10, 2017


 Top News: 
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News cements its standing as Trump TV as Kellyanne Conway plugs Ivanka Trump's products without any opposition from Fox & Friends anchors  —  What's less surprising: that a top aide to President Trump would go on a Fox News program and plug the line of clothing and accessories of Ivanka Trump …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Political journalists now must do the tedious job of second-grade level fact checking of Trump administration statements  —  Mike Allen of Axios counseled journalists to appreciate these times.  “Enjoy this — soak it in,” said Allen in a chat with Breitbart News.  —  Sorry, but there's not much to enjoy.
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Gannett and McClatchy's dismal financial earnings reinforce the growing idea that the current local news revenue model has stalled  —  How deep is the decline in the regional newspaper business?  —  Today, Gannett, the U.S.'s largest newspaper company with 109 local properties …
McClatchy reports Q4 net income of $3.1M, down from $8.8M in 2015, and revenue of $262.2M, down 8.3%; CEO Craig Forman pledges faster digital transition  —  McClatchy (NYSE-MNI) today reported net income in the fourth quarter of 2016 of $3.1 million, or $0.40 per share …
Discussion: Poynter, Reuters and Sacramento Bee
Trey Williams / MarketWatch:
Gannett beats Q4 expectations with revenue at $867M, up from $739M a year earlier, but print advertising revenue is still declining
Adam Klasfeld / Courthouse News Service:
NFL writer Bart Hubbuch sues Murdoch's New York Post, claiming wrongful termination for his tweet critical of Trump on inauguration day  —  MANHATTAN (CN) — Mocking his raunchy tabloid's desire for a “safe space,” a sports writer wants damages after the New York Post fired him for a tweet …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Viacom CEO Bob Bakish says “highly selective” licensing deals for new shows will reinforce the need for pay TV contracts  —  Viacom's new boss reminds the pay TV guys that he likes doing business with the pay TV guys.  —  Do you like watching shows from MTV, Comedy Central and other Viacom-owned networks?
Stephen Witt / Billboard:
Interview with Jeff Bezos and Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music, about the music industry, Echo and Alexa's place in it, more  —  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would make almost any list of the world's most powerful people.  In retail, he's clearly on top, and in tech, he's close to it.
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 …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Technically Media, a Philadelphia-based company which publishes local tech sites in five Mid-Atlantic markets  —  The company, which publishes tech sites in the Mid-Atlantic, wants to grow beyond its core events revenue model while keeping community at the heart of what it does.
Discussion: @leeprocida
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
Facebook hires MTV executive Mina Lefevre as head of development, overseeing scripted and unscripted content  —  Mina Lefevre had been the head of scripted for MTV  —  Facebook has been working to make video a central part of how its users experience the site, first with Facebook Live …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Profile of R. Emmett Tyrrell, founder of The American Spectator and the first conservative editor to embrace Trump  —  It's easy enough to find editors these days who say they saw Donald Trump coming, hard to find ones who are telling the truth about that.  By my estimation perhaps …
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 …
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Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Pandora beats with Q4 revenue of $393M, up 17% YoY, vs. $374M expected, predicts Q1 loss of $70-$80M
Discussion: Pandora Media
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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