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7:50 PM ET, January 3, 2020


 Top News: 
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
The Fox News “cabinet”, which seemingly shapes US policy, has given virtually unvarnished praise for the Suleimani strike, with the exception of Tucker Carlson  —  If President Donald Trump tuned in to Fox News after ordering Thursday night's successful U.S. operation to kill …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
With coverage of Suleimani's death, cable news outlets have again shown they're “hard-wired” to support war, promoting military and government perspectives  —  In the early hours of the morning, local time, state media in Iraq reported that Qassem Suleimani …
Jonah Peretti / BuzzFeed:
Sources: The Hill's owner seeks investors or buyers for the publication, which has faced questions about accuracy of posts by ex-staffer John Solomon on Ukraine  —  Under fire for its role in promoting alleged Ukraine conspiracy theories, the D.C.-based publication faces new questions about its future.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
A look at the Hype House “collab house”, a collective of 19 young influencers renting an LA mansion, whose TikTok group handle amassed 3M followers in ~10 days  —  The city is home to a land rush of “collab houses,” where the content creators are getting younger and younger.
Ailsa Chang / NPR:
Billboard to start including YouTube streams on January 3 to determine chart ranking  —  The question of how Billboard determines the most popular music in the country has gotten a lot harder in the digital age.  It used to be a simple question of which album sold the most physical copies …
Discussion: @wgbhnews and @_smyrk_
J. Craig Anderson / Press Herald:
Four daily Maine newspapers published by Masthead Maine, including the Portland Press Herald, to cut their Monday print editions starting March 2  —  To preserve newsroom jobs, the Portland Press Herald, Lewiston Sun Journal, Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal will discontinue Monday print editions starting March 2.
Rainesford Stauffer / Teen Vogue:
Student journalists are filling news gaps, pushing for student reporters' rights, launching outlets on social media, and focusing on diverse representation  —  Representation is everything.  —  In late September, news broke that Kurt Volker, the United States' special envoy for Ukraine …
Bruce Haring / Deadline:
Report by a PBS external investigator claims Tavis Smiley had sexual relationships with subordinates, committed acts of verbal abuse and inappropriate touching  —  A report by an external investigator hired by PBS claims former talk show host Tavis Smiley spent decades engaged in sexual relationships …
Discussion: Vulture and The Daily Beast
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK government moves daily briefings to Downing Street, instead of the House of Commons; cell phones may not be allowed, prompting concern about press access  —  The group of political journalists reporting from Westminster, known as the Lobby, has raised concerns over Government changes …
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Report: spending on music streaming in the UK rose by 23.5% in 2019 to cross £1B for the first time, while digital video sales grew by 21.5% to hit £2.1B
Brent Lang / Variety:
Study: 10.6% of 2019's 100 highest-grossing films were from female directors, up from 4.5% in '18; women co-directed 2 of top 10 most successful global releases
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Comscore: Disney earned 33% of domestic box office grosses in 2019, the first time since 1999 that one studio had such a high revenue share in US/Canada
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
NYT deletes a tweet calling Eddie Gallagher a “retired” Navy SEAL with a new apparel line while failing to mention his court martial and clemency from Trump
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Mail on Sunday published a correction after IPSO ruled an article about Labour's stance on capital gains tax was inaccurate, 10 days after UK's general election
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Q&A with Jimmy Iovine about music industry's reconciliation with tech in the last decade, why streaming music services are like utilities with low margins, more