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6:30 AM ET, January 1, 2018


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John Bowden / The Hill:
In a New York Times interview, Trump says media will shift in his favor for the 2020 election because they need ratings: “they basically have to let me win”  —  predicted he will win the 2020 presidential race on Thursday due to a media shift in his favor, telling The New York Times …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
How The New York Times' interview with Trump happened, with the help of a lunch invitation from Christopher Ruddy, Trump's longtime confidant and CEO of Newsmax  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday, President Trump came off the 18th hole of his golf course here and walked into the club house's Grill Room.
Ben Kentish / The Independent:
Iran blocks access to Instagram and Telegram apps amid anti-government protests  —  Authorities respond after demonstrations leave at least two dead  —  Live: New Year's Eve celebrations kick off around the world  —  Coutinho move from Liverpool to Barca accidentally confirmed by Nike
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Telegram, citing ToS, suspends public channel that incited violent anti-government protests in Iran; Telegram is a major platform with ~40M users in Iran  —  “There are lines one shouldn't cross,” says the CEO of the popular messaging app.  —  The executives of Telegram …
Megan Specia / New York Times:
Facebook says it removed Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov's accounts due to US sanctions, prompting questions on why others, like Venezuela's Maduro, are still active  —  The strongman leader of the Chechen Republic has long been a prolific social media user, filling his accounts with photos …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SEC filing: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings will receive $28.7M in stock options for 2018, a $7M+ increase, while his salary will decrease from $850K to $700K  —  Reed Hastings, Netflix's chairman and CEO, is set to receive $28.7 million in company stock options for 2018 in addition to an annual salary of $700,000.
John Otis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Amid shortages of paper blamed on Maduro and a dearth of ads, 24 Venezuelan newspapers stopped printing since 2013; 10 shut down altogether, 14 publish online  —  The lobby of El Carabobeño includes a display of vintage cameras, engraving plates and paper cutters from the 1930s …
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Verge:
Niche online communities and media grew in 2017, through Patreon, TinyLetter, “finstagrams”, and more as people looked for alternatives to Facebook and Twitter  —  Why tiny, weird online communities made a comeback in 2017  —  Americans got tired of big social media in 2017.
Melody Kramer / Poynter:
A look at good explanatory Twitter threads for journalism, based on interviews with Byard Duncan of Reveal and Eric Umansky and Terry Parris Jr. of ProPublica  —  Throughout the year, I've been collecting tweetstorms from journalists and news organizations explaining how they do what they do.
Discussion: @mkramer
Lara Hamdan / St. Louis Public Radio:
Interview with 16-year-old Gabe Fleisher, who has grown his nonpartisan political newsletter Wake Up to Politics to 48K subscribers  —  Politics can be overwhelming at times with all its nuances.  But 16-year-old Gabe Fleisher makes it a goal to take the confusion out of politics.
James Warren / Poynter:
Jeff Kittay, creator of the academic journal Lingua Franca, has launched a new site covering the food industry, called the New Food Economy  —  If you've ever wondered why cooks and line servers in cafeterias and commercial kitchens have to work with heads covered, you should.
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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Startups aim to provide an alternative route to internet access via VPNs and mesh networks, amid net neutrality repeal, but their approaches are as yet unproven
Alana Hope Levinson / MEL Magazine:
Staffers at Mel, a men's magazine funded by Dollar Shave Club, grapple with how to respond to the #metoo movement
Financial Times:
Sources: investor Todd Boehly working to merge Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Group with Dick Clark Productions and Media Rights Capital, maker of House of Cards
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Investor's Business Daily president Jerry Ferrara says profits doubled in 2017 and digital subscriptions are up 11%+ year-to-date
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
In 2017, pro-Trump media and conspiratorial hyperpartisans amplified by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube created two parallel universes of information