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9:55 PM ET, January 12, 2020

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Stephanie Grisham cannot be described as the worst ever White House press secretary, because she may hold the title, but she is not doing that job  —  Hearing Joe Lockhart talk about his old job as White House press secretary almost seems quaint.  —  The idealism: “Your main job is to advocate for the press within the government.”
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CNN:
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 …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Interview with journalist Nick Martin on starting The Informant, a newsletter and news site dedicated to covering hate and right-wing extremism in the US  —  “I'd never want to be in the position of doing like The New York Times style of writing about the Nazi next door who sometimes eats at Applebee's."
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The number of news outlets in a Florida partnership sharing climate change reporting has tripled; some say the partnership makes grant funding easier to get  —  “On this one issue, we've decided to drop the guns and share consistently.”  “Our readers are getting 10 times more stories about climate change than they otherwise would.”
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Wired:
StreamElements: Twitch's “Just Chatting” category for non-gaming streamers was the most popular category for the first time in December with 81M hours watched  —  After years of ridicule, streamers who ‘just chat’ prove that there's room for gabbing, not just gaming, on the platform.
Nancy Tartaglione / Deadline:
Comscore: 2019 global box office revenues hit an all-time high of $42.5B, with non-US markets accounting for $31.1B, including $9.2B in China and $2.2B in Japan  —  The theatrical business continued to thrive overseas in 2019, hitting a record $31.1B per comScore's latest estimates, and an all-time high of $42.5B globally.
Derek M. Norman / New York Times:
A look at the Archive of Contemporary Music, one of the world's largest music collections with 3M+ recordings, which must leave its Manhattan space by June  —  The Archive of Contemporary Music is losing its space in TriBeCa.  —  In a part of Manhattan booming with trendy green high rises …
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
FX on Hulu to launch on March 2; going forward, FX will premiere 2-3 episodes in the first week, even on its linear networks, then release episodes weekly  —  Company had ‘hit a ceiling’ as a basic cable network  —  Key Insights:  —  For more than a decade, FX Networks has honed its brand as a premium basic cable network.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The antitrust exemption that would allow publishers to collectively negotiate with Google and Facebook will not produce the results publishers seek  —  Republicans and Democrats are (surprisingly!) teaming up to help news organizations negotiate with the tech giants.
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.
 
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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
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IFJ: at least 15 Iranian journalists and media outlets report that Instagram has suspended their accounts; Instagram says it is complying with US sanctions
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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
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
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