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11:25 AM ET, January 20, 2018


 Top News: 
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to survey users to measure trust in publications, data will affect News Feed rankings; news will make up 4% of News Feed posts, down from 5%  —  Tech giant will rely on user surveys of trustworthiness to try to preserve objectivity  —  Facebook Inc. FB .57% plans to start ranking news sources …
Twitter to email 670K+ US users who interacted with tweets from Russia's Internet Research Agency, found 50K+ Russia-linked bots tweeting election content  —  When we appeared before the United States Congress last fall, Twitter publicly committed to regularly updating both congressional committees …
Lydia O'Connor / HuffPost:
Los Angeles Times employees vote 248 to 44 in favor of joining NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America union  —  A day before the vote, senior editors had made a last-ditch effort to quash the unionizing campaign.  —  Los Angeles Times staffers have voted to unionize …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix's new docuseries lineup includes a Vox explainer show and Flint Town, an eight-part series exploring the aftermath of Flint, Michigan's water crisis  —  Anonymous Content-produced ‘Flint Town’ will take a look at the water crisis in the Michigan community, while the untitled series …
Discussion: @tcarmody
Sarah Rabil / Wall Street Journal:
Ross Levinsohn, publisher and CEO of LAT, to take an unpaid leave of absence as Tronc hires outside law firm investigate allegations of misconduct  —  Parent Tronc has hired outside law firm to investigate allegations of misconduct  —  Ross Levinsohn, the publisher and chief executive …
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
At Slate, podcasting has gone from zero to 25% of its revenue since 2014; Slate could become “a podcast publisher with a significant written web engine”  —  Plus: WBEZ tries to turn a podcast into a franchise, Science Friday joins WNYC Studios, and Gimlet opens up the HBO playbook.
Discussion: Digiday
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Sources: YouTube plans to create Intelligence Desk to seek out inappropriate content using Google data, user reports, social media trends, outside consultants  —  YouTube is planning to proactively seek out and police inappropriate or offensive content following public backlash …
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Leaked Snap memo to staff threatens them with termination, financial liability, and even jail time if they leak confidential information about the company  —  Snap Inc. has a simple message to its employees: leak information and you could be sued or even jailed.
Eric Johnson / Recode:
NYU professor Jay Rosen says interviewing the president no longer has any value: “It doesn't necessarily mean anything about his policies”  —  White House reporters are failing when they treat Trump like a normal president, Rosen argues on Recode Media.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Google suspends Reviewed Claims fact-checking feature after criticism from conservative news outlets over erroneous link debunking a Daily Caller story  —  Google is suspending a search feature that displayed fact checks associated to publishers after receiving criticism from conservative news outlets.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Janko Rottgers / Variety:
BAMTech Media hires former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint to build and run Disney's upcoming Netflix competitor  —  Disney's BAMTech Media has hired former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint as SVP and GM, Disney SVOD Service, to build, and ultimately run, the company's upcoming Netflix competitor, Variety has learned.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, The Verge and Engadget
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James Warren / Poynter:
Jim Kirk, formerly interim editor at The Los Angeles Times, was appointed interim editor-in-chief at the New York Daily News, which was sold to Tronc last year
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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