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4:55 AM ET, January 12, 2018


 Top News: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
How news outlets handled the decision to repeat President Trump's “shithole” comment, and why some editors decided readers needed to see the word  —  Lester Holt opened the “NBC Nightly News” on Thursday with a parental warning: “This may not be appropriate for some of our younger viewers.”
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Zuckerberg says News Feed will focus on what friends share, de-emphasize content from publishers and brands as it moves to favor interactions over passive posts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than two billion members …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers briefed on News Feed changes say Facebook told them reputable publishers will also be surfaced, though term was undefined, traffic impact was unclear  —  The end is nigh.  Facebook is planning a major change to its news feed, starting as early as next week, that will decisively favor user content …
Rebecca Sun / Hollywood Reporter:
Teen Vogue EIC Elaine Welteroth, who expanded the brand to cover politics, feminism, and more, is leaving the magazine and has signed with talent agency CAA  —  She announced her departure in an internal email to staff on Thursday.  —  Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth is leaving the magazine …
Discussion: Fashionista, Jezebel, The Drum, Folio and thecut
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Sources: Breitbart CEO Larry Solov and Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow say they won't immediately name a Bannon replacement or make other staff changes  —  Steve Bannon is out at Breitbart  —  It's difficult to imagine Breitbart without Steve Bannon.  —  Bannon had headed the far-right website since 2012 …
Robert Mackey / The Intercept:
A group of Dutch journalists collectively pressed the new US ambassador about a false claim he made, in contrast to how US outlets handle Trump's false claims  —  White House correspondents who routinely allow the president of the United States to repeat false claims unchallenged should study …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Ronan Farrow finalizes three-year deal with HBO to develop and front a series of investigative documentary specials and produce other pieces  —  Farrow will develop and front a series of investigative documentaries for the network.  —  Ronan Farrow has finalized a three-year deal with HBO, the network confirmed Thursday.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google to vet videos in the Google Preferred ad program with human moderators and AI, after concerns from marketers over videos including Logan Paul's  —  Google is planning a new push to vet top-tier YouTube videos that it bundles for major advertisers, people familiar with the effort said …
Jessica DiNapoli / Reuters:
Sources: Peter Thiel joins other bidders in making an offer in bankruptcy court for Gawker's remaining assets, including domains and 200K+ articles  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has made an offer for Gawker, hoping to overcome legal hurdles and rival bidders …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Recode partners with MSNBC for town halls about tech's impact, hosted by Kara Swisher, Ari Melber, airing on cable and online; 1st features Google, YouTube CEOs  —  First up to be interviewed: Google's Sundar Pichai and YouTube's Susan Wojcicki.  —  Yes, I am about to become an anchor monster.
Discussion: MSNBC and Vox Media
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Chicago's City Bureau trains and pays Documenters to take notes at public meetings, given absence of journalistic coverage, and is expanding to Detroit  —  Chicago's City Bureau is betting on local residents doing this sort of low-key not-quite-journalism at meetings, and now it's expanding the model to Detroit.
Discussion: @laurenhorsch and @niemanlab
Pew Research Center:
Pew study of 38 countries shows US with the largest partisan gap on whether people see news media as covering political issues fairly, at 34 percentage points  —  Publics around the world overwhelmingly agree that the news media should be unbiased in their coverage of political issues …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Xinhua News Agency rebuilds newsroom around AI, introduces “Media Brain”, a platform integrating cloud computing, Internet of Things, and AI in news production
Max Willens / Digiday:
Quartz to offer five short-run newsletters tied to major events like SXSW, says short-term nature and narrow scope lead to higher than average open rates
 Earlier Picks: 
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Interview with photographer Gabriella Angotti-Jones on what she learned after her image of a protest was picked up and mischaracterized by a fake news site
Jaime Fuller / Politico:
Trump-themed podcasts range from a robot voice reading tweets appearing with #Trump, to Slate and WaPo, to shows on Trump's effect on specific issues