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12:10 AM ET, January 7, 2019


 Top News: 
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Longtime producer Susan Zirinsky is replacing CBS News president David Rhodes in March; Rhodes will oversee Zirinsky's transition and later have advisory role  —  Longtime producer Susan Zirinsky is replacing CBS News President David Rhodes in March, becoming the first woman to lead the storied division in the network's history.
The Authors Guild:
Survey of 5,067 US-based published book authors finds median author income in 2017 was $6,080, down 42% from 2009; median pay for full-time authors was $20,300  —  The Authors Guild's 2018 Author Income Survey, the largest survey of writing-related earnings by American authors ever conducted …
Ashley Rodriguez / Quartz:
Netflix has released about 345 original series, movies, and other productions in 2018, which comes to an estimated 90K minutes or 1,500 hours of content  —  Netflix released a ridiculous amount of original programming in 2018.  How ridiculous?  By Quartz's measure, the streaming-video giant put …
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InsideClimate News:
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association awards a $1M grant to InsideClimate News and $1M to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press  —  The grant provides ICN critical support for its investigative journalism, national reporting network and student journalism program.
Lavanya Ramanathan / Washington Post:
What may be lost as women's magazines kill print editions: fact checkers, iconic editors, and outlets for some of the best female journalists  —  In late November, Glamour came to the same conclusion reached by so many other women's magazines these days: After 80 years in mailboxes …
Alyssa Bereznak / The Ringer:
How Bird Box's success was driven by online memes, which Netflix viewers seemed more attached to than the movie itself  —  Before the Sandra Bullock movie was a “hit,” it was a joke (or a bot-related conspiracy theory) on your Twitter feed.  Here's how ‘Bird Box’ became so popular—and why it might be the future of movie marketing.
Dylan Byers / Byers Market:
Sources: Facebook execs “fed up” with NYT coverage and frustrated by a sponsored post on how to leave Facebook; NYT EIC says coverage is separate from business  —  What's Next: Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives are fed up with The New York Times after weeks …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Samsung's 2018 and 2019 TV models will be able to access iTunes content directly via a dedicated app and support Apple's AirPlay 2 wireless streaming standard  —  Coming to all 2018 and 2019 TVs along with AirPlay 2  —  Samsung's 2018 and 2019 range of televisions will be able to access …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Media critics say cable news networks should rethink airing President Trump's comments live during press briefings, which can often be PR stunts  —  New York (CNN)Should cable news networks air President Donald Trump's words in real time?  —  Since the 2016 campaign, news organizations …
Jack Hough / Barron's Online:
Bob Iger on Disney's streaming efforts, BAMTech acquisition, and challenges like changing compensation models as the company's new services get closer to launch  —  Burbank, Calif.—At Walt Disney (DIS) headquarters in this studio-filled city, Suite 3H in the original animation building holds stacks …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
YouTubers popular with kids are promoting a shady gambling site selling “mystery boxes” filled with supposed prizes  —  Paul and Bryan “Ricegum” Le are among the popular children's entertainers promoting “mystery boxes” filled with supposed prizes the site says underage users are ineligible to win.
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Cristi Hegranes / Nieman Lab:
Global Press CEO: news outlets need to provide better physical, emotional, digital, and legal security for local journalists who live in communities they cover
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix revises its operating expenses, revealing it spent $534M more on streaming operations for the first nine months of 2018 than previously reported
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Conde Nast Britain made a pre-tax loss of £13.5M in 2017, down from a pre-tax profit of £6.7M in 2016
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Los Angeles sues the company behind the Weather Channel app, which is owned by IBM, for slyly using location data for commercial purposes
Marcus Baram / Fast Company:
In her new book, Jill Abramson says the NYT's publisher drafted a letter “all but apologizing” to the Chinese govt for a Pulitzer-winning story on corruption