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10:15 AM ET, January 29, 2021


 Top News: 
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  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  After an outcry, Robinhood says it will allow users to trade GameStop again on Friday.
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  —  The paper's top COVID reporter joined a group of students on a trip to Peru in 2019.  Participants alleged he repeatedly made racist comments.
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Facebook says it will begin testing “topic exclusion” controls that would help advertisers stop running ads next to topics they want to avoid in News Feed  —  - Facebook is building tools to help advertisers keep their ad placements away from certain topics in its News Feed.
Discussion: MediaPost, Ad Age and Adweek
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  —  This is how Fox News is describing the Biden administration  —  Nicole Hemmer is an associate research scholar at Columbia University …
Gene Park / Washington Post:
When journalists parachute in to report on an unfamiliar topic like video games, stereotypes and broad generalizations often obscure important issues  —  Reporters need to understand what video games are before they write stories about video games.  That's because video games are more than just a medium.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
ABC News President James Goldston is stepping down on March 31 after 17 years with the network  —  ABC News president James Goldston is stepping down after 17 years with the network.  Of those 17 years, he spent seven as president.  —  In a memo to staff sent Thursday, he said his last day with the company will be March 31.
Jenny Singer / Glamour:
A look at the female Wikipedia editors working to make the site more equitable in terms of gender as ~90% of editors are men and ~20% of bios are about women  —  About 90% of the people who write Wikipedia are men.  A brilliant team of women is making sure that we have a place in greatest collection of knowledge in human history.
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UK court rules that News UK can't claim back VAT paid on digital news services through 2016; digital news services have been exempt from VAT since May
The Information:
Sources: ESPN is looking to sell its X Games extreme sports franchise
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
Free, ad-supported streaming service Documentary+, a joint venture between XTR and former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, launches today with a library of 200+ movies
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
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Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Walmart Media Group, now Walmart Connect, has launched a demand-side platform that provides data for ad targeting as it seeks to become a top 10 ad company
Discussion: CNBC and Bloomberg
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
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