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9:40 PM ET, January 24, 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  —  The long-awaited trial, which could test key First Amendement protections for media, is rescheduled for Feb. 3.  —  NEW YORK — A long-awaited showdown …
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.’
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Deadline, IndieWire and @frasermatthew
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Business Wire:
Ziff Media promotes Wendy Sheehan Donnell to EIC of PCMag and hires Alesha Williams Boyd as EIC of Mashable; both will report to Ziff publishing SVP Ronak Patel  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Ziff Media Group is announcing two leadership appointments for its flagship publishing brands.
Discussion: @danawollman and @pcmag
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Bill Donahue / Billboard:
A federal jury awards Cardi B around $1.25M in a suit against YouTuber Latasha Kebe, found liable for defamation for claims in dozens of videos and other posts
Max Stephens / Telegraph:
After a listener complaint, BBC says sometimes it removes offensive language and stereotypes from archived shows as a “vast majority” of listeners would expect
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Amazon buys exclusive ad and distribution rights to My Favorite Murder and more Exactly Right shows; new episodes will be only on Amazon and Wondery for a week
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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Anya Schiffrin / Columbia Journalism Review:
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nielsen: in 2021, Criminal Minds on Netflix was the most-viewed on-demand TV show in the US, and CoComelon was second; Luca on Disney+ was the most-viewed movie
Discussion: Gawker

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Kamila Wojciechowska / Android Authority:
Source: Google's new Pixel 9 series, next-gen Pixel Fold, and 5G tablet that is under development will feature a new modem that supports satellite connectivity

Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
As Netflix's new film chief Dan Lin takes charge, the company aims to shift its film strategy to focus on audience appeal and cost efficiency

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