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6:45 PM ET, January 24, 2018


 Top News: 
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Meg Whitman takes CEO role at Jeffrey Katzenberg's new startup that produces short-form content aimed at mobile consumption  —  Meg Whitman has been appointed CEO of a new venture backed by Jeffrey Katzenberg that aims to revolutionize entertainment with short-form premium content customized for mobile consumption.
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.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Pope Francis condemns “fake news”, praises journalists as “protectors of news”, and lauds educational efforts aimed at helping people recognize misinformation  —  ROME — The serpent in the Garden of Eden hissed the first fake news to Eve and it all went downhill from there …
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 …
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 …
A Netflix documentary about the opioid 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
Washington Post:
How Madison Marriage, a journalist for the Financial Times, went undercover to report on harassment of hostesses at an exclusive London charity event for men  —  LONDON — Wanted: attractive young women wearing sexy underpants to serve as hostesses for British business bigwigs at a drunken old-boys-only charity affair.
Alexandra Ellerbeck / Committee to Protect Journalists:
How the extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act could expose US journalists to surveillance  —  The U.S. Senate last week approved a six-year extension to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA), in a move that could put journalists at risk.
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.
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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
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
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Sources: ex-BBC News chief James Harding is working on a news startup called Tortoise Ventures that will focus on “slow news”
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed identified 1700+ accounts Twitter censored in specific countries at the request of governments and “trusted flaggers” like NGOs
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
A look at the history of The Drudge Report and how, 20 years after it first broke the Lewinsky story, it still attracts millions of readers
 Earlier Picks: 
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook plans global rollout of new privacy center, which puts core privacy settings in one place, in response to EU's GDPR regulations
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Guardian
MPR News:
As Garrison Keillor and MPR finalize severance negotiations, staff interviews show troubling incidents and relationships, and a star heedless of power dynamics
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Funny or Die cuts more jobs in multiple divisions following its 2016 layoffs of about 30% of staff
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Chernin Group invests $15M more in Barstool Sports, source says at ~$100M valuation; Barstool to roughly double staff to 160, start selling subscriptions, more
Discussion: Variety