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3:55 PM ET, January 12, 2022

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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Laura McGann and Mark Bauman launch Grid, which will examine the day's biggest news stories from different viewpoints, with $10M in funding and 20 journalists  —  The latest media start-up, with millions in funding and a team of more than 20 journalists, aims to bring clarity to weighty issues.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A look at NPR's staffing issues, including pay gaps and a structure separating podcasts and news, after four hosts, three of them women of color, left in a year  —  In the wake of a trio of departures, news stories and private messages shared among NPR staffers reflected the concern that Black …
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Texas Tribune CEO and co-founder Evan Smith says he will step down by the end of 2022, after 13 years, and stay on as an adviser into 2023  —  Evan Smith, a longtime force in Texas journalism, said on Wednesday that he would step down as the chief executive of The Texas Tribune …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
New York Post:
Sources: DirecTV and Dish Network have restarted merger talks, as executives think regulatory concerns over their combined market power have waned  —  DirecTV and Dish Network are in fresh talks to merge after years of on-again, off-again wrangling and multiple clampdowns from federal antitrust officials, The Post has learned.
Wall Street Journal:
Sally Buzbee tells WaPo staff that business editor Lori Montgomery was reprimanded for tweeting criticism of an SFGate column condemning Ben Roethlisberger  —  Business editor Lori Montgomery received verbal warning for tweeting about an article that addressed allegations of sexual assault against the quarterback
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Local papers shouldn't fret about The Athletic under the NYT because the talent pool is big, “local sports” includes niches The Athletic can't touch, and more  —  Should the combination keep local publishers up at night?  Or are they different markets altogether?
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times announces a fellowship for crossword constructors, aiming to increase the number of puzzles created by underrepresented groups  —  NYT Games editorial director Everdeen Mason on building a more diverse set of puzzle constructors and an “ecosystem” for solvers.
 
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
German regulator says Google offered to exclude News Showcase panels from search results as part of the company's proposals to settle an antitrust investigation
Yiannis Baboulias / Columbia Journalism Review:
Greece sees increasing concerns about media freedom due to media ownership concentrated in a few people close to the ruling party and attacks on journalists
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American Press Institute:
The American Press Institute names Michael D. Bolden as its executive director and CEO, starting on February 14
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
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