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4:45 PM ET, January 24, 2023

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Steve Waldman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Local journalism groups representing 3,000+ newsrooms form Rebuild Local News, a new nonprofit dedicated to public policy initiatives aiming to save local news  —  It's understandable that the idea that government should help save local media makes many journalists' skin crawl.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The Washington Post lays off 20 newsroom employees and shuts down its gaming vertical Launcher; Executive Editor Sally Buzbee says 30 open roles won't be filled  —  The Washington Post on Tuesday became the latest media company to conduct layoffs, people familiar with the matter said …
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Victor Navasky, a witty and contrarian journalist who for 27 years was either editor or publisher of the left-leaning magazine The Nation, dies at 90  —  Witty and contrarian, he was the longtime editor and later publisher of The Nation and wrote an acclaimed book about the Hollywood blacklisting era.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
In his new book, Mike Pompeo calls Jamal Khashoggi an activist, not a journalist, which The Washington Post's Fred Ryan says is a shameful “ploy to sell books”  —  In a new book, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo derides the idea that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist …
Edward Ludlow / Bloomberg:
Reddit promotes Harold Klaje to be its first chief revenue officer; Klaje joined in 2020 and expanded advertising to markets like the UK, Germany, and Australia  —  Social media company Reddit Inc. has made several changes to its executive ranks about a year after filing for an initial public offering.
American Journalism Project:
The American Journalism Project announces its first three 2023 grants, $3.25M total to local nonprofit news organizations in North Carolina, Texas, and Nebraska  —  The American Journalism Project announced its first three new grants of 2023 to nonprofit news organizations that aim to reach …
Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
The DOJ sues Google, joined by California and seven other US states, calling for the breakup of its ad tech business that allegedly monopolizes the US ad market  —  The US Justice Department and eight states sued Alphabet Inc.'s Google, calling for the break up of the search giant's ad-technology business …
Kristin Robinson / Billboard:
Hipgnosis confirms buying the music rights to Justin Bieber's catalog up to 2022, a source says for just over $200M, a record for an artist from his generation  —  The deal is the biggest yet for any artist of his generation.  —  Hipgnosis Songs Capital has closed its deal to buy 100% …
 
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Netflix, Apple, and Amazon accounted for 19 Oscars nominations, down from 37 in 2022, and only one streaming title got more than one nomination
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
A look at the challenge of moderating livestreams for children and vulnerable users, even if age verification can be improved and privacy concerns addressed
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Magna study: 41%, 49%, and 36% of surveyed US, UK, and Australian consumers believe a brand's video ad is supporting the content simply by being adjacent to it
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Natalie Allison / Politico:
A look at Miami-based Americano Media, launched in March 2022 and called “Fox News in Spanish” by its CEO, and its plans to grow and cover the 2024 US election
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources: ABC News is considering offloading Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight, which faces renewed scrutiny for polling data selections, as ABC looks to cut costs
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Schools tell teachers in Manatee County, Florida to make their classroom libraries unavailable until they are “vetted” by librarians, or risk felony prosecution
Eva Mathews / Reuters:
Spotify plans to lay off ~6% of its workforce, or ~600 jobs, says content and ad head Dawn Ostroff is leaving, and reorganizes its engineering and product units