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7:55 AM ET, January 1, 2020


 Top News: 
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Vox Media rolls out Forte, a data marketplace to help advertisers reach its audience, says it now has 125M monthly visitors across its 13 editorial networks  —  - Vox Media's new platform called Forte is designed to help advertisers reach the publisher's expanding audience.
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Ivanka Trump should be asked tough questions as she is a senior White House adviser, but Face The Nation treated her as a political pundit and “first daughter”  —  The morning after Donald Trump became only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached, his senior adviser Ivanka Trump …
Shira Schoenberg / Union-News:
MA court rules that journalists are not liable for defamation when publishing police blotters, regardless of the accuracy of the claims in the police report  —  The editor of a University of Massachusetts student newspaper cannot be held liable for defamation for publishing information …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
This year was the darkest yet for media in the Trump era, with threats of retribution, the end of White House briefings, and 50% more accusations of “fake news”  —  Threats of ‘retribution,’ more accusations of ‘fake news’ and the end of the White House briefing made 2019 the darkest yet for journalists in the Trump era.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Seven UK higher education institutions adopted the methods of BBC's 50:50 Project so that journalism students can track gender balance as they learn to report  —  The BBC is hoping to help improve the representation of women within student journalism by sharing its own methodology relating to on-air gender balance.
Ida Bae Wells / @nhannahjones:
[Thread] NYT Mag writer who spearheaded the 1619 Project reflects on her struggle in newsrooms that hired her for diversity but didn't let her write about race  —  In 2009, I nearly left journalism. I was punished for wanting to write about race. My pitches were shut down and I could not get a story on the front page of my regional newspaper. Newsrooms were bleeding staff so I had nowhere to go. I felt had to quit or lose my sanity.
Discussion: @bencasselman
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Roku's stock has increased 302% since early January, from $32.52 per share; it has been the top performing stock of the year out of all companies worth $5B+  —  It's been a wild and lucrative ride for Roku and its shareholders in 2019.  —  Roku, known for its array of streaming devices …
Discussion: CNBC
Victor Pickard / Nieman Lab:
In 2020, journalism's crisis will be seen as an opportunity to reclaim and reinvent a public good that will include more newsrooms switching to nonprofit status  —  Victor Pickard is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication.
Discussion: @ntnsndr
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Universal Music Group has sold a 10% stake to a consortium led by Tencent in a deal valuing the world's largest music company at €30B  —  Parent company Vivendi to offload 10% stake with more deals likely amid music revival  —  Universal Music Group, the home of stars including Taylor Swift …
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook has started pulling some ads about HIV prevention drugs that fact-checkers deemed misleading, after months-long pressure from LGBTQ orgs and experts
Jason Hovet / Reuters:
Zoltan Andrusko, who was charged with facilitating the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, sentenced to 15 years in plea deal
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Netflix releases list of the ten “most popular” shows and movies that it began streaming in the US in 2019, with its own content taking all but one of the spots
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Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
IPSO's outgoing chief says the portrayal of Muslims in the British press has been “the most difficult issue” facing the press watchdog in the past five years
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BuzzFeed UK made a loss of £9.4M in 2018, up from £2.3M in 2017, and had revenues of £21.5M, down from £33.4M in 2017
Matteo Moschella / First Draft:
Q&A with Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins on “alt-media conspiracy land” and the outlet's role policing the edges between alternative media and mainstream media