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4:50 AM ET, January 13, 2022


 Top News: 
Peter White / Deadline:
New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi is writing and producing a satirical drama set in Washington, DC, for AMC, teaming up with executive producer Gina Mingacci  —  EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Nuzzi, the Washington correspondent for New York magazine who wrote some of the wildest stories …
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.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
NSO Group spyware is found on devices belonging to 35 journalists and activists in El Salvador; 23 devices belong to journalists linked to the El Faro news site  —  The newly disclosed campaign shows how little the company has done to curb abuses of its powerful surveillance tools.
Justin Hendrix / Tech Policy Press:
Over 260 health professionals tell Spotify to implement a misinformation policy, after a Joe Rogan Experience episode featured a discredited scientist  —  More than 260 doctors, nurses, scientists, health professionals and others have signed an open letter calling on the streaming media platform Spotify to …
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 …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Researchers say focusing on increasing trust in reliable information and news works better than focusing on debunking misinformation  —  Misinformation makes up a teeny-tiny share of what most people read, and we might want to worry a little less about debunking it or trying to get people not to read it …
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 …
Variety promotes Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, its President and Group Publisher, to the newly created post of CEO, effective immediately  —  She will retain the duties of Group  Publisher.  —  As CEO of Variety, Sobrino-Stearns will oversee both the editorial and business units of the venerable entertainment news brand.
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.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
News organizations de-emphasize case counts in their COVID-19 stories as home testing grows, and debate how best to use other stats during the omicron surge  —  NEW YORK (AP) — For two years, coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations have been widely used barometers of the pandemic's march across the world.
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 More News: 
Sandy Mazza / The Tennessean:
Most Gannett newspapers are ceasing home delivery of Saturday print editions in coming months, offering an e-edition instead
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
Hollywood Reporter:
After reports that Nexstar is the lead bidder for The CW, sources speculate The CW's programming strategy could shift toward politics and reruns
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
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

From Techmeme:

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's slow rollout of AI features, impressive visionOS 2 beta, plans for thinnest, lightest devices in tech, including a phone in the iPhone 17 line

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Report: alleged ringleader of the Scattered Spider hacking group was arrested in Spain; sources: the accused is a 22-year-old Scottish man named Tyler Buchanan

Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
Leaked documents reveal life-threatening issues at Amazon's primary-care service One Medical, raising concerns about Amazon's frugal approach to health care

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