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5:25 AM ET, January 25, 2022


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
A look at likely First Amendment ramifications of the Sarah Palin v. The New York Times libel case, as reporters face aggressive defamation allegations  —  The trial comes at a time when those who argue that news outlets should pay a steeper price for getting something wrong are more emboldened than they've been in decades.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin tests positive for COVID-19, delaying her defamation trial against The New York Times from January 24 until February 3
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Hundreds of German advertisers and publishers, including Axel Springer, say Google is breaking EU law by phasing out third-party cookies from Chrome by 2023  —  Axel Springer among the media groups demanding that Brussels intervene on search giant's plan  —  Google is facing a fresh complaint …
Shannon Bond / NPR:
Over 1,000 health professionals sign an open letter calling on Spotify to crack down on COVID-19 misinformation following a Joe Rogan podcast controversy  —  An open letter urging Spotify to crack down on COVID-19 misinformation has gained the signatures of more than a thousand doctors …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS News overhauls its streaming service to capture TV news viewers moving online, by adding hosts, reviving classic programming, and expanding local offerings  —  Talent like Norah O'Donnell and Tony Dokoupil will host streaming shows, including revivals of Edward R. Murrow's ‘Person-to-Person’ and doc series ‘CBS Reports.’
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Sony announces it acquired Bob Dylan's recorded music back catalog and rights to future new releases in July 2021; sources say the deal is worth $150M-$200M  —  Sources tell Variety that the deal was worth between $150 million and $200 million, although the number was not confirmed; reps for Sony and Dylan declined comment.
Joanne O'Connor / Keeping the Receipts:
Carole Cadwalladr's libel trial shows how UK courts are being used to stifle public interest journalism, renewing calls for anti-SLAPP legislation  —  There's more at stake than who picks up the legal bill in the trial of Banks vs. Cadwalladr.  Press freedom is on the stand too  —  the Citizens
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Netflix signs France's new windowing rules to get movies 15 months after their release; other streamers wait 17 months and free-to-air channels wait 22 months  —  After months of heated debates and clashes, the French film industry has set new windowing rules for movies that are released in local theaters.
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Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A: Monica Samayoa of the Uproot Project, a network of environmental journalists of color, on covering climate change effects on communities of color and more  —  Each month, Covering Climate Now speaks with a different journalist about their experiences on the climate beat …
Al Jazeera:
Anthony Cormier / BuzzFeed:
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, who was sentenced to six months in prison for providing BuzzFeed News with US Treasury Department documents, has been released  —  Revelations by Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards prompted sweeping reform to the financial industry.
Simon Galperin / JSK Class of 2022:
A look at the Bloomfield Information Project in New Jersey, a public service journalism lab experimenting with local civic news for and by the community  —  What can we learn from community service providers to build the next model of local journalism?  —  The Fair Lawn Ambulance Corps …
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An update on interventions designed to help journalism, like municipal advertising in the US, tax credits, and ripple effects of Australia's news bargaining law