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12:10 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.
Lawrence Bonk / Mediaite:
Newsweek senior writer Matthew Cooper resigns in protest of firings and installation of editors seeking clicks and retweets over accuracy and fairness  —  What the heck is going on over at Newsweek?  In a staff meeting, held earlier today, editors announced that the publication was firing …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Investigative reporter David Sirota has resigned from Newsweek-owned International Business Times, after Newsweek EIC and others were fired  —  David Sirota, who joined International Business Times as a senior writer, focusing on the intersection of Wall Street and politics, four years ago …
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 …
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 …
Jessica Elgot / The Guardian:
UK's Theresa May launches a review that will examine the health of online ad-driven media and whether state intervention is needed to preserve the press  —  Government review will assess whether state-intervention is needed to preserve the press … The decline of local journalism is a threat …
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Fact-checkers from news orgs including Libération, Snopes, and will meet with Facebook today to discuss their efforts to tackle fake news  —  Facebook and its fact-checking partners will meet in Silicon Valley Tuesday to work out their differences — and the latter have some pretty specific asks.
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  —  In the morning hours of his first Saturday as president-elect, and just days after saying his public posture would change because …
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Teen Vogue names Samhita Mukhopadhyay, previously of Mic, as its first executive editor, reporting to Chief Content Officer Phillip Picardi  —  Teen Vogue has named Samhita Mukhopadhyay its first executive editor.  She will oversee the brand's editorial team and work on brand strategy …
Discussion: WWD and Melville House Books
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  —  Viacom is close to acquiring VidCon, Variety has learned from individuals with knowledge of the transaction.
Discussion: Tubefilter
Steve Erickson / Los Angeles Magazine:
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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
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
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
New Jersey governor signs executive order requiring ISPs to follow neutrality rules if they sell internet services to state agencies, in effect on July 1
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Felice J. Freyer / Association of Health Care …:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services threatened to ban a reporter from the agency's phone news conferences after he refused to alter a story
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Audible's new strategy: purchase audiobook rights from agents prior to the sale of other publishing rights and add bonus material to some titles
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Sources: Facebook in talks with media buyers to expand Watch to more individual creators with a revenue split from ads, similar to YouTube
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Las Vegas Review-Journal killed story in 1998 about Steve Wynn sex misconduct claims and ordered its author to delete it from the newspaper's system