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11:10 AM ET, January 12, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
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.”
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
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
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
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.
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
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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
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
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
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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 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
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