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3:45 PM ET, January 27, 2019

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Jim Morrill / Nieman Reports:
As some criticize horse-race political coverage, a look back at The Charlotte Observer's election work using a citizens agenda, from a reporter who was there  —  In 1992, the Charlotte Observer pioneered “public journalism” in its election coverage.  Is that what voters need in 2020?  —  ARTICLE BY
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Distributed Denial of Secrets, a WikiLeaks-like online repository launched last month by transparency advocates, publishes 175 GB of leaked Russian documents  —  A group of transparency advocates on Friday posted a mammoth collection of hacked and leaked documents from inside Russia …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How the success of Netflix's Bird Box film, which was watched by 58% of its user base in its first month, drives Netflix's virtuous cycle as an aggregator  —  Bird Box, the Netflix original film, started streaming on December 21 while I was on vacation.1 That perhaps explains why the majority …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Research at the University of Texas finds that when more than 75% of comments on news sites are uncivil, it negatively affects readers' perceptions of the site  —  You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  —  Grandma adage aside, the comments matter, folks.
Discussion: @niemanreports
Jill Abramson / New York Magazine:
An excerpt from Jill Abramson's book “Merchants of Truth” on her time as the New York Times' executive editor as digital disruption took off  —  Adapted from the forthcoming book Merchants of Truth, by Jill Abramson.  Copyright © 2019 by Jill Abramson.  Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Analytics company Parse.ly's new feature “demand sorting” identifies most in-demand topics for readers, allowing journalists to discover underreported subjects  —  Okay, I'll admit it: Sometimes, I write stories because I think they're going to be popular.  And sometimes, those stories fall flat anyway.
Discussion: MediaPost
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
After appealing for paid subscriptions via a printed letter and social media, Arkansas Life magazine survives by gaining 1K subscribers, reducing print issues  —  How many fans does it take to keep a regional print magazine afloat?  —  In December, subscribers to Arkansas Life received a printed letter along with their January issue.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Edelman: number of people who read traditional news weekly rises 14% YoY to 40% as number of people who read traditional news less often drops 20% YoY to 28%  —  An urgent desire for societal change and a chaotic media environment is driving a renewed interest in fact-finding, according to Edelman's 2019 Trust Barometer.
Kali Hays / WWD:
Interview with Kate Lewis, the Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, about the future of print, what advertisers really want, and more  —  The new chief content officer of Hearst Magazines on what people read “secretly,” whether magazines will last another 20 years and much more.
 
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Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
Wattpad, the online reading and writing community, is launching its own publishing division, Wattpad Books, this fall with six YA titles
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Condé Nast's Bon Appétit, an ad-supported streaming channel on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku, to launch on February 21
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Staff from Toronto's Citizen Lab, behind exposés of government hacking tool vendors like NSO, describe meetings likely arranged to get compromising quotes
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
BuzzFeed News laid off 43 on Friday, closing its Spain bureau, eliminating the national desk and national security desk, and slashing the health and LGBT desks
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Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
YouTube says it will no longer suggest videos with “borderline content” or those that “misinform users in a harmful way” even if they don't violate guidelines