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7:35 AM ET, January 11, 2020


 Top News: 
Ranjan Roy / Margins:
Facebook's corporate comms have felt combative and sloppy since late 2018, and now even rank and file employees are facing public vilification  —  Ranjan here, writing about how Facebook's communication operations feel completely broken and wondering whether the company's rank and file are okay with becoming the villains.
Joan Summers / Jezebel:
Source: Teen Vogue's editorial team was not aware that sales would be publishing the Facebook election safety advertorial  —  On Wednesday, Teen Vogue found itself in the crosshairs of the internet when an article entitled “How Facebook is Helping Ensure the Integrity of the 2020 Election …
Ryan Glasspiegel / The Big Lead:
In a letter to the union, G/O CEO says G/O plans to relaunch Deadspin in Chicago as an Onion property and is suspending negotiations over editorial independence  —  The entire staff of Deadspin walked away from the site in late October, and there have been no stories published there since November 4th.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Trump's allies are trying to raise $250M for a bid for One America News Network, in an effort to shake up conservative media dominated by Fox News  —  Hicks Equity Partners, a family investment firm tied to Republican National Committee co-chair Thomas Hicks Jr., is pitching GOP donors on possible deal
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Sources: the Chernin Group is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake in Barstool Sports to casino operator Penn National Gaming  —  Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy at a Harrah's casino event in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 2019.  Tom Briglia/ Getty Images
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Murdoch-owned Australian media outlets echo messages from social media bots and trolls and continue to say climate change policy would have no impact on fires  —  Critics see a concerted effort to shift blame, protect conservative leaders and divert attention from climate change.
Deanna Ting / Digiday:
Bloomberg News switched from WhatsApp to Telegram in December and now sends daily updates to 27K+ subscribers, following WhatsApp's ban on bulk messaging  —  On Telegram, the preferred messaging app for the privacy conscious, Bloomberg News is attempting to draw new subscribers and build …
Discussion: @jonrussell and Talking Biz News
The Information:
Sources: Quibi's projections from 2019 show the upcoming streaming service is expected to spend ~$1.5B in its first year; Quibi has raised $1.4B so far  —  If there's one thing to be said for Quibi, the short-form streaming service coming from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman this spring …
In an open letter, 13 former White House press secretaries, foreign service and military officials call for the return of regular WH and other press briefings  —  The last White House press briefing was 301 days ago  —  In an open letter, a group of 13 former White House press secretaries …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Discovery CEO says the company is “looking hard at” launching its own streaming service and that the company can't grow by staying on its existing platform  —  David Zaslav says that the company has exceeded its goal of $3 billion in annual free cash flow ahead of schedule and will roll out HGTV in 12 new markets.
Discussion: @thr
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Oprah Winfrey pulls documentary about a Russell Simmons accuser from Apple TV+ and says she will no longer be an executive producer, citing creative differences  —  The high-profile documentary is scheduled to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.
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Sara Rafsky / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interviews with journalism professionals reveal gaps in New York City's local news coverage for some neighborhoods, and in topic areas like health care and law
Isobel Cockerell / Coda Story:
IFJ: at least 15 Iranian journalists and media outlets report that Instagram has suspended their accounts; Instagram says it is complying with US sanctions
James Pogue / The Baffler:
How the booming book-to-film market has distorted long-form writing, prioritizing drama over insight, style, investigative reporting, or any other factor
The Guardian:
Samira Ahmed wins equal pay case against the BBC: “her work on Newswatch was like Jeremy Vine's work” for which he was paid 7.5 times more than her
 Earlier Picks: 
Ricardo Brito / Reuters:
Brazil's Supreme Court overturns injunction against Netflix that had prevented the latter from showing a controversial Christmas special depicting Jesus as gay
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Reddit bans the impersonation of an individual or entity in a misleading or deceptive manner, but impersonation that's satire will still be allowed
Discussion: Adweek, The Daily Dot, Axios and Input
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
ViacomCBS has reached a carriage deal with Comcast, its first since merger, for 23 CBS TV stations and CBS All Access availability via Xfinity, Flex platforms
Discussion: TvTechnology and Reuters
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook says it won't back down from allowing lies in political ads but will give users the option to see fewer political ads in their feed and in Instagram