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1:50 PM ET, January 19, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Amid stories about LA Times' CEO, a look at Tronc's plans for a “Los Angeles Times Network”, borrowing from Lewis D'Vorkin's work on Forbes' contributor network  —  The Tronc rollercoaster continues: Just as it tries to unveil a familiar strategy ("gravitas with scale"!), its top digital leader's past catches up with him.
Discussion: @shansquared and Ad Age
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.
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.
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.”
Boing Boing:
Boing Boing and EFF file a motion to dismiss Playboy lawsuit that would set a dangerous precedent by making publications liable for linked content  —  A few weeks ago we were shocked to learn that Playboy had, without notifying us, sued us over this post (we learned about it when a journalist DM'ed us on Twitter to ask about it).
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 …
MoviePass announces at Sundance that it plans to acquire rights to films through a newly created subsidiary, MoviePass Ventures  —  Senior Film and Media Editor @BrentALang FOLLOW  —  MoviePass must have some serious Netflix envy.  —  The subscription service isn't just content offering customers bargain-basement tickets to movies.
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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
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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