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4:40 PM ET, January 7, 2019


 Top News: 
Emma Best:
A copy of the 5,000 word email WikiLeaks sent to news organizations, listing 140 “false” statements it doesn't want journalists to make about Julian Assange  —  Update: After publication, WikiLeaks responded by tweeting a version on pastelink.  They posted (and were apparently …
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
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.
Maria Halkias / Dallas Morning News:
The Dallas Morning News lays off 43 employees, including 20 writers, editors, and newsroom support personnel, as ad revenue declined in recent months  —  As the newspaper industry struggles to stem declines in revenue, The Dallas Morning News on Monday laid off 43 employees in its newsroom and other parts of the company.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Twitter has renewed BuzzFeed's live morning show, “AM to DM,” for a full year, having previously only done so on a quarterly basis  —  Twitter has renewed BuzzFeed's live morning show, “AM to DM,” for a full year.  —  The daily morning show, which first premiered on Twitter …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Source: Netflix discussed the potential problems Hasan Minhaj's episode would cause in Saudi Arabia before broadcast and even raised idea of scrapping it  —  Under Article 6, Paragraph 1 of Saudi Arabia's Anti-Cyber Crime Law, the following is punishable by up to five years in prison …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New York Observer's Ben Robinson is out as editor-in-chief after just 10 months in the role; the company says it does not plan to replace him  —  Observer Media has once again bounced its editor-in-chief — the latest sign of turmoil at the New York publication with ties to Jared Kushner …
Discussion: @nypost
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Yahoo Finance expands from five to eight hours of live programming and launches a number of new shows  —  Andrew Hoffman, the senior executive producer of Yahoo Finance, previewed the website's launch Monday of eight hours of live programming.  —  “We've all been watching the markets the last few weeks …
Discussion: MediaPost, Thanks:@steverubel
James Walker / Press Gazette:
UK Ministry of Justice staff referred to a BuzzFeed News reporter as a “real bitch” and “crazy”, internal communications reveal  —  Government staff called a Buzzfeed UK news reporter a “bitch” and “crazy” in internal communications released under a data request by the journalist.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Associated Press:
Roku discloses preliminary Q4 2018 data, saying there are now over 27M active accounts and streaming hours are up about 68% YoY to ~7.3B hours; stock jumps 22%+  —  Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) today disclosed preliminary Q4 2018 data for two key operating metrics, active accounts and streaming hours …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As 2020 campaign coverage begins, early signs suggest that the press is repeating the mistakes of 2016: focusing on gaffes and personalities instead of policies  —  As the new year dawned, the top editor at the Associated Press — one of the most influential journalists in the country …
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Kali Hays / WWD:
Another 200 Vice employees, working at its TV operation Viceland and video operation Vice Digital, have unionized with the Writers Guild of America East
Judith Shulevitz / New York Times:
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, book publishers and magazines, including The New Yorker, are asking their writers to sign contracts with morality clause
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix's stock rose 5% in Monday morning trading, after it won five Golden Globes on Sunday night
Quint Forgey / Politico:
On Saturday, Trump used claims in Jill Abramson's new book to bash The New York Times but the paper's former exec editor defended it
Discussion: Newser
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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 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
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