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8:35 AM ET, January 4, 2021

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman, and John Bresnahan launch Punchbowl, a political news outlet publishing three daily newsletters and a daily podcast for $300/year  —  A Beltway school of journalism wants to get back to just-the-facts-ma'am reporting.  But how do you cover this Republican Party?
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Insiders say Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer's exit from Politico was due to a rift with some colleagues, as they launch their new venture  —  Politico insiders say the highly influential newsletter authors' exit was the result of long-simmering editorial tensions between the duo and some of their colleagues.
Elian Peltier / New York Times:
A British judge rules against extraditing Julian Assange to the US, which has accused him of violating the Espionage Act, citing mental health concerns  —  The WikiLeaks founder, who is currently jailed in Britain, had been indicted in the United States on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act.
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Disney says Disney+ will add a Star-branded block from February 23 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada  —  The series “Big Sky” by David E. Kelley, “Love, Victor” and iconic shows including “24,” “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” are among the programs heading to the Star-branded block …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Quibi is in advanced talks to sell the rights to its short-form content catalog to Roku  —  Short-form streaming service Quibi is winding down its operations after failing to gain traction  —  Quibi is in advanced talks to sell its content catalog to Roku Inc. …
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
Netflix and Prime Video are reshaping India's creative landscape amid threats of censorship; Netflix invested $400M in original content in India in 2019  —  The streaming giants are making bold TV shows but the threat of censorship looms large  —  This year's Emmy awards …
Mark Shanahan / The Boston Globe:
How the non-profit VTDigger, which now has 700K monthly readers, and alternative weekly Seven Days are filling the gaps in local news coverage in Vermont  —  Could their examples hold the key to fixing ‘The Expanding News Desert’?  —  Anne Galloway wondered if her journalism career might be over.
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Discovery and Vodafone sign a multi-year deal to bring Discovery's content to the UK and 11 European countries, as Discovery+ streaming service launches  —  Discovery and Vodafone have signed a multi-year deal that will make Discovery TV content and new streamer Discovery Plus available …
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Comscore: North American box office fell 80% YoY in 2020 to $2.3B, behind China for the first time ever, which was down 70% YoY to an estimated $2.7B in sales  —  For the first time ever, China supplanted North America as the world's top moviegoing market.  Yet no country was spared …
Graham Vyse / Voice of America:
Profile of Forbidden Stories, a journalism collective which aims to continue the work of investigative journalists who have been threatened, jailed, or killed  —  WASHINGTON - Eight years ago, investigative journalist Regina Martínez was found beaten and strangled to death in her home in Veracruz, Mexico.
Siva Vaidhyanathan / New Republic:
Criticism of Facebook must move beyond content moderation issues; the effort to invent and invest in public cultural institutions should be our focus instead  —  Every day, a Twitter account run by Kevin Roose, a technology reporter for The New York Times, posts a list of the top 10 sources …
James Dobbins / New York Times:
A look at The 830 Times, a 16-page, ad-supported weekly tabloid launched in Del Rio, Texas in November by a PR veteran after the city's last paper shut down  —  People in Del Rio, Texas, complain that nothing ever happens there.  Those are fighting words for the publisher of The 830 Times …
 
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