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11:10 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 …
Justin Hendrix / Tech Policy Press:
Over 260 health professionals call on Spotify to create a misinformation policy, after a discredited scientist spread COVID-19 misinfo on Joe Rogan's podcast  —  More than 260 doctors, nurses, scientists, health professionals and others have signed an open letter calling …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
NBCU names as an official measurement partner, in addition to Nielsen, in a new multiyear agreement  —  NBCUniversal, the media company most critical of the audience measurement data it receives from Nielsen, is testing an alternative service next month to track viewing of the Olympics and the Super Bowl.
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.
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 …
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Jana Bennett, former president of BBC Worldwide and ex-president and general manager of The History Channel, dies at 66  —  Jana Bennett, the former president and general manager of History channel, has died.  She was 66.  —  Bennett, who had at one point been the top director at the BBC, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019.
Don Seiffert / Boston Business Journal:
136 of 253 Gannett newspapers are ceasing home delivery of Saturday print editions in coming months, offering an e-edition instead  —  The nation's largest newspaper chain is discontinuing Saturday print editions starting March 5 at more than half of its newspapers nationwide …
Netflix renews its carriage deal with Telefonica's Movistar Plus in Spain for another five years  —  In what looks like a win-win deal for, Netflix has renewed for a five years its carriage deal for Spain with Movistar Plus, the pay-SVOD operator of giant European telco Telefonica.
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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.
Discussion: @claytravis, @ap, @naseemmiller and Fox News
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 …
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
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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
Variety promotes Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, its President and Group Publisher, to the newly created post of CEO, effective immediately
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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