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11:40 AM ET, January 7, 2021


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Journalists covering the mob at the Capitol and Trump protests elsewhere were surrounded and threatened; protesters smashed equipment and punched a photographer  —  “Murder the media” was scratched into a door of the Capitol.  Violent protesters smashed equipment and punched a photographer.
Michael Schaffer / Washingtonian:
Newsrooms wrestle with what to call crowds that stormed the US Capitol, with WaPo Editor Marty Baron choosing “mob”, and WAMU choosing “insurrectionists”  —  The question of what to call people engaged in angry protests has been a recurring theme in media this year.
Washington Post:
How news coverage of the violent storming of the US Capitol unfolded throughout the day, as congressional correspondents became war correspondents  —  A day that began with a series of news events long in the making — a protest rally, a congressional vote — unexpectedly morphed into chaos on Wednesday …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
After Capitol breach, conservative media figures say “Trump supporters don't do these things” and baselessly claim “infiltration” by “agitators” like antifa  —  Pundits on the right condemned the violence but many maintained that “Trump supporters don't do these things.”
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's chief of staff and former White House press secretary, resigned Wednesday following violence at the Capitol  —  (CNN)Stephanie Grisham, the former White House communications director and press secretary and current chief of staff for first lady Melania Trump …
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Former Disney and Discovery execs to launch Struum, an aggregator that will give users a la carte access to content from streaming services, in the spring  —  Struum aims to give customers à-la-carte access to content from hundreds of lesser-known platforms
Discussion: TechCrunch and @benmullin
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
News aggregator app News Break, which has 12M DAUs, raises $115M after previously raising $36M and says it is now a unicorn  —  The popular news app News Break is announcing that it has raised $115 million in new funding.  —  The press release claims this round makes News Break …
Discussion: GlobeNewswire, @yoda and @somospostpc
J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
Challenger, Gray & Christmas: US broadcast, digital, and print media layoffs hit 16,160 in 2020, up nearly 200% YoY, 13% higher than the 2008 record  —  Newsroom layoffs reached a record high in 2020, growing nearly 200% compared to the previous year, according to a new study …
Discussion: @hamrickisms and @katiecouric
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
A look at the work of Tallahassee Democrat reporter CD Davidson-Hiers, who became a one-woman help desk for seniors trying to get the COVID-19 vaccine  —  A Tallahassee Democrat journalist told seniors to reach out if they needed help signing up for COVID-19 vaccines, and boy did they
Netflix raises prices in the UK from £8.99 to £9.99 for the two-screen subscription and from £11.99 to £13.99 for the premium one  —  Netflix is raising the cost of some of its UK subscriptions from next month, its customers have been told.
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Tampa Bay Times:
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