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5:30 PM ET, February 6, 2018


 Top News: 
Gaby Del Valle / The Outline:
Memo: Newsweek fires EIC Bob Roe, news director Ken Li; reporters Katz, Saul, who were investigating parent company's finances, also fired, according to report  —  Editors and reporters are being fired, and current staffers speculate Newsweek's ties to a mysterious cult are to blame.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:   Investigative reporter David Sirota has resigned from Newsweek-owned International Business Times, after Newsweek EIC and others were fired
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Snap's Q4 revenue, $285.7M vs. $252.8M est., topped analysts' estimates for first time since the firm's IPO, and average revenue per user rose 46% YoY to $1.53  —  Company tops analysts' estimates for first time since 2017 IPO  —  In rare win, social-media underdog adds clients, runs more ads
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Megan Greenwell becomes the first female chief editor at Gizmodo Media Group's sports site Deadspin, replacing Tim Marchman who was promoted  —  Greenwell becomes the site's first female chief editor and replaces the promoted Tim Marchman.  —  Megan Greenwell was announced on Tuesday …
Boris Kachka / The Cut:
Inside a decade of sexual harassment allegations and bullying at WNYC, amidst CEO Laura Walker's attempt to turn the organization around  —  One morning in late November, an employee in the sponsorship department of WNYC, the public-radio behemoth that transmits “Radiolab,” “All Things Considered …
Financial Times:
Study of 48K FB pages and 14K Twitter accounts from October 2017 to January: Trump backers share more extremist and phony posts than all other groups combined  —  Ultra-rightwing conservatives shared more false stories on Facebook than all other political groups combined in the three months …
Corey Ford / A Matter-Driven Narrative:
Matter announces local news bootcamps for for-profit news outlets, working with colleges in MO, NY, CA, and GA, plus Google News Lab and News Media Alliance  —  Today, we launch Open Matter: Local News Bootcamps with Google News Lab, News Media Alliance, and 4 Top J. schools.
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Viacom is to announce another round of layoffs this week affecting dozens of staff, mostly in its sales and marketing divisions  —  Viacom is planning to announce a significant round of layoffs this week, Cheddar has learned.  —  The exact number of cuts is unclear …
Discussion: Tubefilter
Ricardo Lopez / Variety:
Sources: Viacom close to acquiring annual online video conference Vidcon, which will be an independent division of Viacom and retain leadership team, offices
David Ingram / Reuters:
Seattle's Ethics and Elections Commission says Facebook violated election ad law, orders Facebook to disclose political ad spend info during 2017 city elections  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Seattle's election authority said on Monday that Facebook Inc is in violation of a city law …
Nadia Khomami / The Guardian:
UK judge rules that the warrant for Julian Assange's arrest should stand, despite Swedish case being dropped, because he breached UK bail conditions  —  WikiLeaks founder could be detained if he leaves Ecuador embassy in London … Julian Assange will continue to face arrest if he leaves …
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Stewart Clarke / Variety:
European Commission conditionally approves Discovery Communications $14.6B takeover deal for Scripps Networks Interactive
Discussion: Engadget
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Recent FCC filings suggest Sinclair Broadcast Group will seek waivers so it can own more than one top-four station in a market alongside Tribune acquisition
Two far-right nationalists barged into Vice's Romania offices and filmed the encounter, the latest in a string of similar incidents by white supremacists
Discussion: @caitlin__kelly
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Jim Rutenberg / The Wilson Quarterly:
How attacks by candidate and President Trump gave the NYT a renewed excitement to show the worth of traditional journalism based in fact and without aggression
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Teen Vogue names Samhita Mukhopadhyay, previously of Mic, as its first executive editor, reporting to Chief Content Officer Phillip Picardi
Discussion: WWD and Melville House Books
Steve Erickson / Los Angeles Magazine:
MSNBC's roster of female reporters, anchors, and commentators has grown organically, driven by talent, contrasts sharply with CNN and Fox's male-dominated faces