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9:35 AM ET, January 20, 2020

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New York Times:
Journalists at the Chicago Tribune say they are worried that Alden Global Capital will impose draconian cuts, as it has elsewhere, hurting local journalism  —  Journalists worry that a New York hedge fund with a big stake in the paper will impose draconian cuts, as it has elsewhere.
CNN:
Three Capitol Hill press orgs issue statements supporting CNN's Manu Raju after Sen. Martha McSally's “liberal hack” remark, calling it “inappropriate”  —  New York (CNN Business)The Capitol Hill press corps on Friday rallied behind Manu Raju, CNN's senior congressional correspondent …
Danielle K. Kilgo / The Conversation:
Study of 2017 Texas newspaper coverage: anti-Trump protests and women's marches got more coverage and more favorable framing than anti-racism protests  —  The new decade is just days old, but in one respect it is already shaping up like the last one: with mass protests around the world.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify in early talks to buy The Ringer, founded by Bill Simmons, which has a podcast network that had revenue of $15M+ in 2018  —  The Ringer, founded in 2016 by former ESPN commentator Bill Simmons, has over 30 podcasts  —  Spotify Technology SA is in talks to buy sports …
BBC:
Tony Hall to step down as Director General of the BBC in the summer, after seven years in the role  —  Tony Hall is to step down as director general of the BBC in the summer, after seven years in the role … You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
Variety:
Disney drops the “Fox” brand for some units, with 20th Century Fox becoming 20th Century Studios and Fox Searchlight Pictures changed to Searchlight Pictures  —  The mouse has officially killed the fox.  —  In a move at once unsurprising and highly symbolic …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A look at MediaReview, a proposal to create a machine-readable standard for presenting visual misinformation with categories like “missing context” and “edited”  —  One thing you learn when you start fact-checking is that, while some things are clearly true or false, there's a lot that falls in between.
New York Times:
Oprah confirms Russell Simmons pressured her to drop support for a documentary about women who accused him of rape or assault  —  Ms. Winfrey acknowledged that Russell Simmons pushed her to abandon a documentary about his accusers, but said her own concerns led her to pull support.
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook removes a network of several dozen Pages that were coordinating posts defending a Trump impeachment probe figure, which BuzzFeed first revealed in Nov.  —  Some of the pages had described themselves as representing groups of supporters of President Trump from different states
Associated Press:
Discussion: Press Gazette and The Guardian
The Intercept:
Court docs: after a search warrant, Facebook gave Puerto Rico private info from student news outlets; some fear it was a politically motivated search for crimes  —  As seven University of Puerto Rico students prepare to face trial in February for participating in a nonviolent protest more than two years ago …
 
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Catherine Adams / Nieman Lab:
Newsrooms in Europe, inspired by the US' Pop-Up Magazine, are experimenting with live news formats, like presenting unpublished stories, in theaters
Politico:
Researchers: France Libre 24, a far-right site which looks like a French news outlet and has ~150K visitors/mo, is run by a group of Polish far-right activists
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram removes the IGTV button from its home page; Sensor Tower: IGTV's standalone app was downloaded 1.1M times in the US since its launch in June 2018
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
SoundCloud's filing in the UK shows its 2018 revenue grew 19% YoY to ~$127M, with operating losses dropping to $38.7M
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 Earlier Picks: 
John Koblin / New York Times:
In 2019, ~130 original nature shows aired, more than previous three years combined; BBC America Saturday viewership rose 35% after shift to wildlife programming
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Study finds the world's biggest brands, including Samsung and L'Oreal, are unwittingly running ads alongside climate misinformation videos on YouTube
New York Times:
In a Q&A, Joe Biden says Section 230 should be immediately revoked for Facebook and other platforms and that Zuckerberg should be submitted to civil liability