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12:25 AM ET, January 30, 2020


 Top News: 
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Felicia Sonmez's suspension exposes the tyranny of newsroom social media policies, which often read like hamfisted attempts to reconcile competing impulses  —  On Sunday—amid the wave of public eulogizing that followed the death of Kobe Bryant—many people on Twitter stressed …
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
WaPo reinstates reporter Felicia Sonmez after her suspension following her tweets about a rape allegation against Kobe Bryant and her response to backlash
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
ABC News suspends chief national correspondent Matt Gutman for wrongly reporting that all four of Kobe Bryant's daughters were on the helicopter that crashed  —  ABC News has suspended the correspondent who speculated on-air that all four of Kobe Bryant's daughters were on board the helicopter …
Katherine Chiglinsky / Bloomberg:
Berkshire Hathaway to sell its BH Media unit and its 30 daily newspapers to St. Louis Post-Dispatch publisher Lee Enterprises for $140M in cash  —  Warren Buffett is getting out of the newspaper business.  —  Berkshire Hathaway Inc. sold its BH Media unit and its 30 daily newspapers …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Q&A with Ben Smith on his move to NYT, his lack of doubt about publishing the Steele dossier, BuzzFeed's young union, and the merging of politics and media  —  On Tuesday, the New York Times announced that its new media columnist, a job most famously held by the late David Carr …
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
EIC Ben Smith is leaving BuzzFeed in early March to join NYT to write the Media Equation column made famous by David Carr
Sarah Manavis / The Guardian:
The BBC's inability to handle internet culture subjects and develop a presence on platforms like TikTok will exacerbate its failure to connect with under-30s  —  Young people want content shared on social media platforms they actually use.  The BBC must keep up, or lose them
News Corp:
News Corp launches Knewz, a news aggregation platform covering more than 400 publishers that uses AI and human editors, available on the web, iOS, and Android  —  Groundbreaking News Platform Free of Filter Bubbles Launches in Beta;  —  Features Headlines from Publishers Large & Small, Left & Right, Here, There & Everywhere
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The Guardian says it will no longer accept ads from companies that extract fossil fuels, becoming the first major news organization to institute such a ban  —  Move follows efforts to reduce carbon footprint and increase reporting on climate crisis  —  The Guardian will no longer accept advertising …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SEC filing: MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection  —  Helios and Matheson Analytics, which owns the defunct MoviePass cinema-subscription service, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.  —  The company disclosed the move …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Study that looked at 72M YouTube comments across 330,925 videos finds evidence of radicalization effect on users that leads them to extreme far-right content  —  Research presented at the ACM FAT 2020 conference in Barcelona today supports the notion that YouTube's platform is playing a role …
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Investigation: in 2019 Trump spent ~$20M on 218K+ Facebook ads, with the media and its “fake news” the top topic mentioned at 18.25%, followed by immigration  —  A Guardian investigation of 218,100 ads reveals how the campaign's sophisticated social media machine targets conservative voters
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Casino operator Penn National Gaming buying 36% stake in Barstool Sports; deal values Barstool at $450M and lets Penn National buy a controlling stake later  —  Barstool Sports co-founder Dave Portnoy in 2018 |  Penn National Gaming is buying the online publisher — which can thank sports betting, and the Supreme Court for the deal.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Former HBO CEO Richard Plepler has acquired a stake in Luminary Media, a podcast-subscription service, and has taken a seat on its board  —  Richard Plepler has hopped on the podcast train.  The former HBO chief executive has invested in Luminary Media, a podcast-subscription service, and taken a seat on its board.
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
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