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4:45 AM ET, January 16, 2021

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Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Without naming Fox, James Murdoch blasts media owners who enabled “toxic politics” and says their lies have unleashed “insidious and uncontrollable” forces  —  Comments from Rupert's son are his strongest rebuke of industry practices since leaving the family business
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The Daily Beast:
Sources: Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch are “disenchanted” with Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace; total viewership is down 15% YoY since Dec. 28  —  OUTFOXED  —  Amid sagging ratings, Rupert Murdoch has taken a more hands-on role at Fox, perhaps portending the end …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Politico announces new members of its Playbook team, expanding from two writers to four: Rachael Bade, Eugene Daniels, Ryan Lizza, and Tara Palmeri  —  Facing stiffer competition, a new crew of writers—Ben Shapiro not included—is promising more scoops and scene as the O.G. political tip sheet reboots …
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Some Politico staffers raised concerns internally about the decision to allow Ben Shapiro to guest-write Playbook; editor Matt Kaminski defended the move
Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
Politico draws criticism for having Ben Shapiro serve as a guest writer of Playbook; he wrote about “the real reasons” most Republicans opposed impeachment
Alex Pasternack / Fast Company:
How Wikipedia, where neutrality is prized above all, struggled to chronicle the Capitol insurrection in real time  —  ‘Storming’?  ‘Insurrection’?  ‘Riot’?  ‘Attempted coup’?  On Wikipedia, where neutrality is prized above all, volunteers are still searching for the words.
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Columbia Journalism Review:
On Wikipedia's 20th anniversary, the need for nuance in reporting about the project is crucial as sites like Breitbart and Russian media try to discredit it  —  Last year, as the election approached, we heard that the founder of 8chan had become an active Wikipedia editor.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
As Snapchat starts competing with TikTok via its Spotlight program, some creators begin earning small fortunes and look for ways to expand  —  Top performers are raking in cash, as the company seeks to compete against TikTok and similar platforms.  —  In late November, Cam Casey …
The Information:
Sources: Apple is discussing launching a new subscription service that would charge people to listen to podcasts  —  Apple—long considered the sleeping giant in the podcast space—is waking up.  The company, which runs the most widely used podcasting app in the industry …
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Axios publishes a new Bill of Rights: no opinion section ever, most content free for all people, staff pledge to not take public political positions, more  —  Axios is expanding into local news this month, and broadening our mission to help restore trust in fact-based news with an audience Bill of Rights.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Q&A with Pranay Prabhat, senior director of digital ad tech at NYT, about its new first-party data ad program, losing third-party cookie revenue, and more  —  From the outside, it may appear that advertising is now insignificant for the New York Times when compared with its soaring digital subscriptions business.
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Paul Bennun / KCRW:
California public radio station KCRW drops The Daily, over concerns about NYT's handling of issues surrounding Caliphate
Amaris Castillo / Poynter:
Journalists in Washington, DC, share how they're preparing to cover the inauguration of Biden amid safety concerns, limited access, and heavy security  —  After the Jan. 6 insurrection and with access still unclear, some journalists are being extra cautious about safety.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC's next chairman Richard Sharp says he is not in favor of decriminalization of UK's license fee, describing it as the “least worst” option to fund the BBC  —  The BBC's next chairman, ex-banker Richard Sharp, has said its coverage of Brexit was “incredibly balanced” …
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Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
NBCUniversal launches NBCU Academy, a journalism training program that's set to partner with 17 academic institutions across the US with $6.5M in funding
Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero:
Services like Substack, Spotify, and Clubhouse are coming under scrutiny now that platforms like Facebook and YouTube have warmed to aggressive moderation
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Axios will launch AxiosHQ, its internal company communications service, starting at $10K a year with $1M already booked and Delta and AT&T among its clients