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6:50 PM ET, January 11, 2022


 Top News: 
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
A look at the changes in Chicago's news ecosystem, as nonprofit news assumes a prominent role and public radio station WBEZ becomes a formidable player  —  With Nonprofit News on the March, There Are Plenty of Concerns, but Also New Feelings of Optimism  —  Chicago journalism is undergoing …
Shamus Toomey / Block Club Chicago:
Nonprofit outlet Block Club Chicago receives a three-year, $1.6M grant from the American Journalism Project and Chicago Community Trust matches another $450K
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
The Associated Press will launch a photojournalism NFT marketplace built by blockchain tech provider Xooa on January 31, with sales used to fund its journalism  —  It's offering collectors ‘exclusive, historic, and stunning visual content’  —  The Associated Press, or AP …
American Press Institute:
The American Press Institute names Michael D. Bolden as its executive director and CEO, starting on February 14  —  The American Press Institute, an affiliate of the News Media Alliance dedicated to helping news publishers navigate and adapt to organizational and industry change to sustain journalism …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Internal memo: Spotify shuts down Spotify Studios, also known as Studio 4; former employees say the podcast studio operated as a “junk drawer” for projects  —  The Studio 4 team, aka Spotify Studios, is being laid off  —  This story is part of a group of stories called
Catie Keck / The Verge:
Roku rolls out Live TV Zone on its homescreen, integrating its channel guide with third-party services including YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling, and more  —  An easy-to-find home for live programming  —  Roku is making live TV even easier to find with its new Live TV Zone, a one-stop shop for all things live and linear.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Candle Media, the company led by Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs that bought Hello Sunshine, acquires Faraway Road Productions and a stake in Will Smith's Westbrook  —  Candle Media, a new media rollup company backed by Blackstone and led by former Disney executives Tom Staggs and Kevin Mayer …
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David Cohen / Adweek:
The Markup partners with Mozilla's data sharing project Rally on Facebook Pixel Hunt, a study to investigate Meta's data collection and tracking practices  —  Firefox users who opt into ‘Facebook Pixel Hunt’ will use tools in the Rally browser extension
Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:
The alleged leader of Atomwaffen Division, Kaleb Cole, gets seven years in prison for conspiring to threaten journalists, Jews, and Black people in three states  —  The purported leader of the violent neo-Nazi group the Atomwaffen Division was sentenced to seven years in federal prison …
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
Nielsen BookScan: UK print book sales reached 212M+ in 2021, the highest figure in a decade, with the fiction category up 20% over 2019  —  Booming appetites for crime, sci-fi and romance drive fiction sales 20% higher than in 2019, with Richard Osman the year's bestselling author
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New York Times:
An NYT freelancer is set to be tried on Wednesday for helping NYT reporters enter Zimbabwe illegally; in June, Zimbabwe said its case was on “shaky ground”
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
After CDC objections, ABC posts the full interview with CDC chief Dr. Rochelle Walensky, which it had edited to remove crucial information about COVID-19 deaths
Wired joins The Verge, Quartz, and other publications in making “on the record” the default when anyone in any official capacity talks to its reporters
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Gabriel Snyder / Off the Record:
Justin Smith's plan to chase an elite global audience is a great pitch for sponsors, but a tough editorial product for Ben Smith to deliver
Nic Newman / Reuters Institute for the Study …:
Survey of 246 media leaders in 52 countries: 59% say revenue grew in 2021 and 47% worry subscription models may be excluding less affluent audiences
Mark Joyella / Forbes:
Fox News names Jesse Watters as the permanent host of its 7pm EST opinion show, Jesse Watters Primetime, as of January 24, after a year of rotating guest hosts
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Axel Springer names Goli Sheikholeslami as CEO of Politico Media; Sheikholeslami has been the president and CEO of WNYC for the past two years
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discovery takes a minority stake in Open AP, a joint venture between Fox, NBCUniversal, and ViacomCBS to define video audience segments for advertisers