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8:50 PM ET, January 29, 2021


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Rick Davis, a CNN staffer since its launch 40 years ago and now executive vice president of news standards and practices, retires Jan. 31  —  New York (CNN Business)The longest-serving executive in the history of cable news is retiring, and CNN will never be the same.  —  Around the network he is known simply as Rick.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
WaPo, LAT, Reuters, Wired, Vox, and HuffPost are seeking new leadership as the pipeline from regional papers has slowed and promising stars have left the field
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Internal memo: CBS has hired a law firm to conduct external investigations into recent allegations of racist and misogynist behavior by two senior executives  —  CBS has set in motion “an external investigation” into allegations of racist and misogynist behavior by senior executives at its local-TV unit …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Wrap
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Facebook is developing newsletter tools for journalists and writers, including tools to help build followers, curate email lists, and offer paid subs  —  Facebook is working on newsletter tools for journalists and writers, according to three people familiar with the company's plans …
New Jersey Hills:
A family-owned group of 14 weekly NJ newspapers plans to convert to nonprofit ownership by the Corporation for New Jersey Local Media  —  In an effort to preserve and expand community journalism, the Corporation for New Jersey Local Media (CNJLM) today announced a letter of intent has been signed …
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Verizon's media unit, which owns TechCrunch and Engadget, plans personalization features linked to Yahoo Mail, starting on sites like Yahoo News and Finance  —  - Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan tells Insider the unit is preparing a “mega” product launch in the coming weeks.
Financial Times:
Sources: Vivendi's Universal Music is looking to go public this year instead of in 2022; the label has been approached about going public via merger with a SPAC  —  World's largest record label seeks to capitalise on frothy stock market  —  Universal Music, the world's largest record label …
Tim Lambert / WITF:
Pennsylvania public radio station WITF says stories about lawmakers who supported the effort to overthrow the election will systematically identify them as such  —  - Scott Blanchard/StateImpact Pennsylvania  —  In the weeks leading up to the 2020 election, WITF's journalists worked …
Jeff Morris / WCHS-TV:
HD Media, owner of the Charleston-Gazette Mail and other WV papers, has sued Google and Facebook, saying they conspired to further their digital ads dominance  —  West Virginia-based HD Media has filed a lawsuit against Google and Facebook, saying the two archrivals “conspired to further …
Discussion: Editor and Publisher
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK regional publisher Archant, now owned by PE firm Rcapital, furloughs staff on its regional magazines across the country for the next month  —  Archant has furloughed staff on its regional magazines across the country for the next month to help ease the impact of the latest lockdown on its finances.
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Evening Express:
UK minister called a HuffPost journalist's behavior “creepy and bizarre” and accused her of “sow[ing] distrust” after the latter emailed her asking for comment
Jessica Jerreat / Voice of America:
USAGM approves renewal of J-1 visas for foreign journalists working for VOA for the first time since June 2020 when Michael Pack took over
Nicole Hemmer / CNN:
The Fairness Doctrine is not a disinformation fix both because of limited FCC jurisdiction and because it could be used to spread right-wing propaganda further
 Earlier Picks: 
The Daily Beast:
In 2019, participants on a NYT trip with reporter Donald McNeil Jr. complained he used racist and sexist language; a probe was conducted and he was reprimanded
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Pakistan's Supreme Court orders release of the man convicted in the beheading of Daniel Pearl and dismisses the appeal of his acquittal
A TV news crew was ejected from a town hall meeting with new US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Dalton, GA, and threatened with arrest after asking a question