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9:30 AM ET, January 19, 2018

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David Folkenflik / NPR:
LA Times CEO Ross Levinsohn has been defendant in 2 sexual harassment suits, and colleagues questioned his conduct over 2 decades; Tronc says it's investigating  —  The Los Angeles Times has given prominent coverage to recent revelations of sexual harassment of women by prominent men, particularly in entertainment and media.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
HuffPost says it will replace its platform for self-published unpaid contributors, which had 100K writers, with new sections from paid, edited contributors  —  Since its founding nearly 13 years ago, The Huffington Post has relied heavily on unpaid contributors, whose ranks included aspiring writers …
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Jon Christian / The Outline:
How publicists solicit writers for paid links, and how contributor networks can be used by marketers like “Vicky Law”, with ~150 bylines on HuffPost's platform  —  When journalist Dimitar “Mix” Mihov got a LinkedIn message from a person who said she worked for a PR firm that helped clients …
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Snap laid off about 24 people across 8 teams, mostly in the content unit that curates users' videos; some staff were asked to relocate to Los Angeles  —  Snapchat parent Snap Inc. laid off roughly two dozen people across 8 different teams on Thursday, people familiar with the matter told Cheddar.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
Manhattan DA's staff visited Newsweek and IBT Media to gather details about company servers; Newsweek says visit “is not about any content-related issues”  —  More than a dozen police showed up this morning at the office that serves as the shared headquarters for Newsweek magazine and IBT Media …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Spotify partners with eight firms, including Buzzfeed, to launch Spotlight, an initiative offering news and political programming, as it vies for radio revenue  —  Eight companies will supply coverage of news, sports, culture  —  Studio head wants ‘content that can be seen and listened to’
Rebecca Addison / Pittsburgh City Paper:
In Pittsburgh, Newspaper Guild and former newspaper staffers write to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, condemning editorial on MLK Day defending Trump “shithole” remark  —  Last week, in a tweet from its official Twitter account, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said its publisher John Block requested …
Garrett Pelican / WJXT-TV:
Layoffs hit The Florida Times-Union, affecting four reporters, two photo staff members, and others following GateHouse Media's purchase of newspaper in 2017  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Newsroom layoffs have begun at The Florida Times-Union, which signaled plans to downsize last month with the decision …
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Amazon cancels “One Mississippi,” “I Love Dick,” and “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” after Roy Price's ouster as it moves to broader series with international appeal  —  Amazon has canceled three original series — “I Love Dick,” “One Mississippi,” and “Jean-Claude Van Johnson.”
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Staffers at The Hill express concerns to management about it becoming a propaganda outlet because of John Solomon's reporting, which they see as partisan  —  A group of newsroom staffers at The Hill have complained to management about stories written by John Solomon, the publication's executive vice president of digital video.
 
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Southern California journalism faces a collapse, with layoffs at Digital First Media and Tronc, LAist closure and LA Weekly sale, but radio helps fill vacuum
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
Eulogy for The Awl and The Hairpin, which showed that, for a while, a corner of the internet could be silly, fun, free, and honest
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
NYT replaces editorial page with letters from Trump supporters; critics say space given over to supporters is disproportionate given president's approval rating
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Trump tweets a link to “2017 Fake News Awards” on RNC's website, GOP.com; “winners” include NYT, CNN, ABC, and a broad entry on stories of “Russia collusion”
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Apple wins bid for 10-episode comedy series starring Kristen Wiig, its first scripted comedy show and third series via Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner