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8:10 AM ET, January 28, 2022


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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
On Substack:
Substack says it will stick to its hands-off approach to content moderation amid increased pressure to censor what some see as dubious or objectionable content  —  Hamish McKenzie, Chris Best, and Jairaj  —  Last year, in an interview with the New York Times, anthropologist Heidi Larson …
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Interview with Bob Iger, recently retired as Disney CEO, on the shift to streaming, China, wages, NFTs, and the relationship between Big Tech and Hollywood  —  (SINGING) When you walk in the room, do you have sway?  —  I'm Kara Swisher, and you're listening to “Sway”.
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
NBCUniversal says Peacock has 9M+ paid subscribers, with the vast majority on the $5/month ad-supported tier; CFO says content spend will double to $3B in 2022  —  NBCUniversal revealed streamer Peacock ended 2021 with 9 million paid subscribers during parent company Comcast's fourth-quarter …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalist and Washington Post columnist Rana Ayyub has received 26K+ tweets, including rape and death threats, since criticizing Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen  —  Indian authorities must immediately conduct a swift and thorough investigation into threats made to Mumbai-based Washington Post columnist …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify is removing Neil Young's music after he gave the company an ultimatum between his music and Joe Rogan's podcast with COVID-19 vaccine misinformation  —  Folk-rock star had over six million monthly listeners on the service, which he blames for spreading fake info about vaccines
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Analysis of journalism ads finds mentions of being “passionate” rose from 4% in 2002 to 16% in 2013 as reporting jobs have become economically irrational  —  News outlets seem to want “passion for the work” above all else in who they hire.  But all that passion comes with an unhealthy price tag.
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
A look at The Root under G/O Media: 15 of 16 staffers have quit since April over issues like hiring an EIC outsider and blurring advertising and editorial lines  —  When The Root launched as an offshoot of The Washington Post in 2008, it aimed to fill the gap between print and online media …
Three case studies quantify the spikes in harmful online speech mentioning women journalists after prominent men targeted them on social or broadcast media  —  On March 9, 2021, Fox News host Tucker Carlson took aim at a favorite target: a New York Times journalist.
Oscar Lopez / New York Times:
Journalists in Mexican cities held vigils on Tuesday after three media workers were murdered this month; some say the attacks have left an information blackout  —  The killing of three media workers in less than a month triggered protests in cities across the county this week demanding an end to the violence.
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad is leaving after almost 20 years; Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser, named co-hosts in late 2020, will take over the show  —  Oh, you like podcasts?  Sign up for Vulture's new recommendation newsletter 1.5x Speed here.  —  Radiolab is moving into a radically new era.
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
In Hungary, six journalists and two others targeted by NSO's Pegasus are planning legal action against Hungary and NSO  —  Legal action planned against Hungary and NSO, the spyware's maker, in what could become template for other cases  —  Hungarian journalists targeted with Pegasus spyware plan …
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