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10:50 AM ET, January 27, 2020


 Top News: 
Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
WaPo suspends Felicia Sonmez after she tweeted a story about a rape allegation against Kobe Bryant, responded to criticism, and uploaded abuse sent to her email  —  Felicia Sonmez (right), who covers national politics for The Washington Post, posted a link to a story about the Kobe Bryant rape case …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
The Washington Post says tweets from now-suspended political reporter Felicia Sonmez “displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues”  —  Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez was suspended Sunday after tweeting about the 2003 rape case against Kobe Bryant …
David Welna / NPR:
Pompeo accuses NPR's Mary Louise Kelly of lying in setting up interview, claims post-interview exchange was off the record; NPR CEO says it won't be intimidated  —  One day after a contentious interview followed by an expletive-filled verbal lashing of NPR host Mary Louise Kelly …
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
After a testy interview, All Things Considered co-host Mary Louise Kelly says Mike Pompeo shouted at her, cursed, and asked her to find Ukraine on a map  —  All Things Considered co-host Mary Louise Kelly claimed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shouted at her, dropped the F-bomb …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora, who stepped down from Texas Tribune in November, launch the 19th, a new media outlet focused on women, with $5M in funding  —  The idea of creating a new media outlet focused on women came to Emily Ramshaw four years ago during her maternity leave.
Lynzy Billing / ZORA:
A look at various challenges Afghan female journalists face while reporting in a deeply patriarchal country, where 1,700 out of 10K in its press corps are women  —  Women reporters aim to remain at the forefront of their stories; now international media outlets need to hire them
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
From appeals for investment from wealthy people to union organizing, newspaper journalists are trying to save jobs as investors wring profits from the industry  —  As hedge funds take a greater role in newspaper chains, journalists at the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere are sending out an S.O.S.
Discussion: @mattdpearce
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Politico launches AgencyIQ, a new B2B product covering the FDA, with subscriptions costing $25K-$75K/year and plans to expand coverage to agencies like FTC, FCC  —  Politico is chasing after more subscription revenue by starting on Monday a new business-to-business product covering the Food and Drug Administration called AgencyIQ,
Discussion: @raju
Matthew Kassel / Mediaite:
As he moves on to become New York Times' writer at large, Jim Rutenberg reflects on writing NYT's media-focused column, Mediator, since 2016  —  When Jim Rutenberg began writing the New York Times media column at the start of 2016, on the cusp of Donald Trump's election …
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Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Sky to launch two new channels, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature, in the spring, available as linear and on demand channels and on its streaming service NOW TV
Lauren Fisher / eMarketer:
In 2020, programmatic ad spending on private marketplaces, where a deal exists between publishers and ad buyers, to surpass spending on open exchanges, a first
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Mansha Daswani / World Screen:
PwC: there were 635 deals in the media and telco space in 2019, down 27% YoY; overall deal value dropped 25% to $91.9B with 4 megadeals accounting for $40.6B
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