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1:30 PM ET, January 24, 2018


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says it will invest $5M in its Creators for Change program in 2018, aimed at YouTubers who “counter hate and promote tolerance”  —  YouTube is looking for some upbeat PR — pushing the idea that the Google-owned global video platform can be a force for social good …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook's survey to rank trust of publications asks two questions: “Do you recognize the following websites” and “How much do you trust each of these domains?”  —  Last week, Facebook said its News Feed would prioritize links from publications its users deemed “trustworthy” in an upcoming survey.
Tim Carmody / Adweek:
Facebook's News Feed changes make sense amid the findings of Edelman's Trust Barometer, which shows plummeting trust in US media driven by mistrust of platforms
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
AT&T CEO pushes for an “Internet Bill of Rights”, a net neutrality law covering ISPs and tech firms, in a series of full-page ads in major newspapers  —  AT&T is calling on Congress for a national net neutrality law that would govern Internet providers and tech companies alike …
A Netflix documentary about the opiod crisis, funded by the Center for Investigative Reporting's Glassbreaker initiative, has been nominated for an Oscar  —  “Heroin(e),” the story of three women battling the opioid epidemic in West Virginia, has been nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary short subject.
Discussion: The Ringer and Engadget
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Comcast's Q4 revenue was up 4.2% to $21.9B; cable division lost 33K video customers; cable networks saw revenue grow 7.5% to $2.7B  —  Gains in the cable division and double-digit increases in content licensing for NBCUniversal's film and TV units boosted Comcast's fourth-quarter earnings.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed identified 1700+ accounts Twitter censored in specific countries at the request of governments and “trusted flaggers” like NGOs  —  The second half of 2017 saw an unprecedented number of Twitter accounts banned in Germany and France thanks to an increase in removal requests …
MPR News:
As Garrison Keillor and MPR finalize severance negotiations, staff interviews show troubling incidents and relationships, and a star heedless of power dynamics  —  When Minnesota Public Radio abruptly severed ties with Garrison Keillor in November, the sole explanation offered by the company was …
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Lewis D'Vorkin, the recently installed editor-in-chief of the LA Times who has ruffled feathers in the newsroom  —  Lewis D'Vorkin speaks at the Forbes Centennial Celebration in September 2017.  Photo: Stephen Smith/SIPA USA via AP.  —  Lewis D'Vorkin's voice is tranquil as he threatens his staff.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Profile of Harlo Holmes, an activist developer who helps journalists learn to use the anonymous whistleblower platform SecureDrop and how to stay safe online  —  A couple of years ago, a journalist that used SecureDrop, the WikiLeaks-style submission system that allows sources …
Alex Lockie / Business Insider:
Newsweek is reviewing its relationship with Newsweek Pakistan, which operates under a license, after an editor seemed to defend child abuse in a tweet  —  - An editor for Newsweek's edition in Pakistan tweeted what many took as a defense of sexual abuse against children …
Discussion: Mediaite
Sources: ex-BBC News chief James Harding is working on a news startup called Tortoise Ventures that will focus on “slow news”  —  Former BBC News boss James Harding, who came up with the anti-fake news concept of “slow news”, has set up a new company called “Tortoise,” BuzzFeed News has learned.
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Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and The Guardian
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
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