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2:05 PM ET, January 30, 2019


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Max Willens / Digiday:
How BuzzFeed is reorganizing and charting a path to a sustainable business, according to sources and a memo CEO Jonah Peretti sent to employees Tuesday night  —  The next version of BuzzFeed is being whittled into focus.  —  Over the past week, the venture-backed publisher has been gripped by a very public multi-day round of layoffs.
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
Madison Malone Kircher / New York Magazine:
Q&A with a Michigan college student who has made 692 quizzes for BuzzFeed as a hobby, becoming the 2nd-highest traffic driver for the site's quizzes worldwide
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media's both-sides, middle-lane approach to politics isn't good for the public, but it's great for politicians and pundits who bill themselves as centrists  —  One of supposed golden rules of journalism goes like this: “If everybody's mad at your coverage, you must be doing a good job.”
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Axios made roughly $25M and nearly broke even in its second full year, and plans to launch a high-end subscription business in 2019  —  The start-up, forged by former Politico all-pros, made $25 million in its second full year.  What's next?  Subscriptions, naturally.
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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T Q4: WarnerMedia revenue was up 5.9% YoY to $9.2B, but Entertainment Group revenue was down 4.8% YoY to $12B amid subscriber losses for DirecTV, DirecTV Now  —  AT&T posted healthy growth in wireless and WarnerMedia segments for the fourth quarter of 2018, but missed top-line revenue targets …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Publishers are finding meaningful revenue from podcast advertising, a model that some publications, including The Economist, find more viable than video ads  —  Publishers are finding meaningful revenue from podcasts, a format that, in some cases, offers a more viable ad model than video.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Documenting the R. Kelly case: interviews with Jim DeRogatis, who has reported on the case for almost 20 years, and Dream Hampton, who made Surviving R. Kelly  —  CHICAGO — For the journalists who have dug the deepest on R. Kelly, these should be satisfying days.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Fake news outlets switch domain names to get past Facebook's fact-checking system, publishing old stories under new names to regain reach on Facebook  —  One of the most frequently debunked fake news publishers on Facebook is still getting past the platform's fact-checking system — and it's doing it by using the simplest of tricks.
Discussion: @sbenkelman
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Conviva: streaming TV hours rose 89% YoY in 2018 with a 165% increase in Q4; connected TVs accounted for 56% of all streamed views in 2018, up from 47% in 2017  —  Quality increases, but viewers are less patient  —  The amount of video being streamed showed strong growth in 2018 …
Discussion: MediaPost
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Online women's magazine The Pool, which lost its co-founders last year, is fighting for survival as writers go unpaid  —  Company's director says it is ‘not over yet’ but staff say they are waiting for January wages  —  The online women's magazine The Pool, which was co-founded by Lauren Laverne …
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
Stephanie Sugars / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Analysis of Trump's anti-press tweets since announcing his candidacy show an escalation from targeting specific journalists to attacking the media as a whole  —  Since announcing his candidacy in the 2016 presidential elections to the end of his second year in office, U.S. President Donald Trump …
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources describe how Donald Trump Jr.'s fixer Arthur Schwartz wages war against the media through information trading and social media agitation
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
Discussion: Mediaite
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James Walker / Press Gazette:
University of Kent academics stand by their study, financed by News UK and disputed by BBC Radio 5, that found that the station didn't meet Ofcom standards