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12:40 PM ET, January 12, 2022


 Top News: 
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.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Texas Tribune CEO and co-founder Evan Smith says he will step down by end of 2022 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, the nonprofit news organization he has led for 13 years.
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 …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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?
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  —  Last November Ingeborg Beugel, a Dutch journalist who has been covering Greece for decades, was advised by her country's embassy …
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 …
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.
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
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
German regulator says Google offered to avoid putting News Showcase in search results as part of the company's proposals to settle an antitrust investigation  —  In the latest bit of regulatory woe for Big Tech in Europe, Google is trying to settle a German antitrust investigation …
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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