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11:35 PM ET, January 29, 2019


 Top News: 
Madison Malone Kircher / New York Magazine:
Will Oremus / Slate:
The global layoffs at BuzzFeed, once a successful beacon in a shrinking industry, mark an end of innocence for the outlet and for staffers with big social reach  —  BuzzFeed's layoffs were painful for its staffers—and fatal to its self-mythology.  —  There's a phenomenon familiar …
James Walker / Press Gazette:
BuzzFeed proposes cutting 17 of BuzzFeed UK's 37 editorial staff, with most losses to the Buzz section covering pop culture
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed laid off its Director of Quizzes because lots of people are willing to make quizzes for free
Anthony Crupi / Ad Age:
Nielsen C3 primetime ratings for ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox dropped 11% YoY for Q4 2018 in the 18-49 age group, with a 27% drop in the same period since 2016  —  The big four networks have seen many of their demographically desirable viewers disappear  —  As younger viewers continue …
Discussion: @aexm and @richbtig
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Report: Apple told studios and networks to be ready for a launch of Apple's streaming service by mid-April, the same month investors see a Disney+ preview  —  Studios were reportedly told to be ready by mid-April  —  Little is known about Apple's standalone streaming service, aside from the mountain of original content that's coming.
Jennifer Creery / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
FCCC report on press freedom in China: 55% believe government interference has risen, with notable crackdowns in Xinjiang and visa denials for negative coverage  —  Over half of foreign correspondents say reporting conditions in China deteriorated last year, according to the Foreign Correspondents' Club …
Discussion: Reuters and @nvanderklippe
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Study finds major US newspapers hiked home delivery prices more than 2x between 2008 and 2016, but about two-thirds of print readers remained loyal  —  Once print advertising collapsed, newspapers hiked prices to get more money from readers.  If they hadn't, they'd employ even fewer journalists and be in even worse shape today.
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Apple says Apple News has 85M monthly active users and Apple Music has 50M paid subscribers, a growth of around 10M for Music since April 2018  —  During Apple's Q1 2019 earnings call today, Tim Cook shared an update on how some of the company's Services have been growing including details on Apple News …
Discussion: One Man & His Blog
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Lawmakers are asking Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about his ties to media investor Len Blavatnik, whose Access Industries owns Warner Music Group  —  After the Treasury Secretary lifts sanctions on companies linked to an oligarch, Democrats seek information over Mnuchin's sale of a stake …
Radio & Television Business Report:
Pandora shareholders approve Sirius XM's purchase of the company; Sirius CEO Jim Meyer will lead Pandora and Sirius XM combined, Pandora's Roger Lynch to leave  —  The shareholders of Pandora Media have spoken, and they are OK with a purchase of the streaming audio pioneer …
Discussion: Variety and Pandora
Christoph Droesser / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Germany's BPK, a media institution that hosts government press briefings three times a week, where journalists are not at the whim of politicians  —  It's a familiar scene: roughly a hundred journalists cram into the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook shares draft proposal describing how its new content review board could work, suggesting it have 40 diverse members, none of whom are Facebook staff
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Alison Langley / Columbia Journalism Review:
After crowdfunding $2.4M and raising $3.5M from investors, Swiss investigative news startup Republik gets scrappy, asks initial backers to renew subscriptions
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
NBC veteran Tom Brokaw apologizes after saying “Hispanics should work harder at assimilation” on Sunday's Meet the Press, evoking further criticism
Wall Street Journal:
Bill Simmons says The Ringer, focused on its network of 28 podcasts with ~35M downloads a month is profitable; sources say it made $15M+ on podcasts in 2018