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9:00 PM ET, January 19, 2022


 Top News: 
New York Times:
André Leon Talley, US Vogue's former editor-at-large and a rare Black fashion editor, dies at 73  —  Called “a creative genius,” he was the rare Black editor at the top of a field that was mostly white and notoriously elitist.  —  André Leon Talley, the larger-than-life fashion editor …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
A group of philanthropies invests $20M+ to launch an independent nonprofit news operation in Houston with about 40 journalists late this year or early next year  —  Three Houston philanthropies are coming together to launch an independent nonprofit news operation in Houston, executives tell Axios.
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Edelman: 67% of people globally say the media purposely tries to mislead, up from 59% in 2021; faith in the media fell in 15 countries and rose in nine  —  A majority of people around the world are concerned that they are being lied to by journalists, according to the latest trust survey from PR firm Edelman.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Democratic lawmakers unveil the Banning Surveillance Advertising Act, which would ban targeted ads but allow broad location-based and contextual ads  —  It could reshape the entire tech industry  —  On Tuesday, Democrats introduced a new bill that would ban nearly all use …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney reorganizes its streaming business, including installing Joe Earley, formerly head of Disney+ marketing and operations, as president of Hulu  —  Disney reorganized its global direct-to-consumer streaming organization, including installing Joe Earley, formerly head of Disney Plus marketing and operations, as president of Hulu.
David Roeder / Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago Public Media's board approves the Chicago Sun-Times acquisition, set to close on or about January 31, which will convert the Sun-Times into a nonprofit  —  The noncash transfer will not be final until contracts are approved, but both media organizations said they hope to close on the deal by the end of the month.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
How newsrooms including NPR, the Miami Herald, WaPo, and NYT Opinion are using and reusing conversations hosted on Twitter Spaces  —  “We're starting to wonder, 'Okay, can this work as a social audio conversation?  How can we get more voices on this whether from the audience or our sources?'"
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Axios Pro launches with financial tech, health tech, and retail newsletters, for $599/year each or $1,799/year for All Access, and plans two more for the spring  —  The smart brevity publisher Axios launched its first paid subscription product Wednesday morning, a series …
Clive Cookson / Financial Times:
The Royal Society finds social media sites banning misleading content is ineffective and can drive misinformation to “harder-to-address corners of the internet”  —  Risks of removing information rejected by the mainstream outweigh benefits, according to the Royal Society
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Filmhub, which lets filmmakers distribute their work to over 100 streaming channels, including Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV, raises a $6.8M seed led by a16z  —  As the streaming market grows, so has the demand for content.  But even though it's now easier than ever for filmmakers to create …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says it's winding down YouTube Originals after six years and will only fund programs that are part of its Black Voices and YouTube Kids Funds  —  YouTube is getting out of the business of originals: The Google-owned video giant said it is winding down its original productions team after more than six years.
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Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Whittington, Reach's first online safety editor, on her background, the abuses journalists face, and creating good reporting systems
Sara Fischer / Axios:
RocaNews, which delivers news via Instagram, raises a $4.4M seed and acquires River News, an app that provides news stories via a TikTok-like video feed
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Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
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Financial Times:
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All seven A.V. Club employees in Chicago, who G/O Media told to either move to LA or quit their jobs, choose to take their severance
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Ex-NY Post digital EIC Michelle Gotthelf sues News Corp, NY Post, and two editors, claiming she was fired for alleging ex-EIC Col Allan sexually harassed her