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3:10 PM ET, January 27, 2023


 Top News: 
Clare Malone / New Yorker:
Sources question The Washington Post CEO Fred Ryan's strategy, after top executives left in 2022, union distrust grew, and layoffs hit beside new job postings  —  After a decade of growth, the paper is laying off staff and was reportedly on track to lose money last year.
BuzzFeed stock jumped 120% on January 26, bringing its market value to nearly $300M, its biggest gain since going public in December 2021, on its OpenAI news  —  BuzzFeed Inc. shares surged by a record on news that the digital-media company plans to use OpenAI to bolster some of its content creation.
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Memo: BuzzFeed plans to rely on OpenAI to enhance quizzes and personalize content; a spokeswoman says the newsroom remains focused on human-generated journalism  —  CEO Jonah Peretti intends for artificial intelligence to play a larger role in the company this year  —  Cheating With ChatGPT: Can an AI Chatbot Pass AP Lit?
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Source: T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach, the anchors of the third hour of ABC's Good Morning America, are negotiating network exits after their romance surfaced  —  New York CNN —  —  T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach, the anchors of the third hour of ABC's flagship morning show “Good Morning America …
The US DOJ announces charges against three people for plotting to kill New York-based Iranian American journalist Masih Alinejad, who has been targeted by Iran  —  The Justice Department announced new arrests Friday in a plot to kill a New York-based journalist and human rights activist who is critical of the Iranian government.
City, University of London launches a Centre of Podcasting Excellence and the UK's first dedicated Master of Arts in Podcasting, which starts in September 2023  —  City, University of London is launching the UK's first dedicated MA in Podcasting and a Centre of Podcasting Excellence.
Discussion: @glendacooper and @chezspecter
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Despite some big deals signed at the Sundance Film Festival, movie buyers are being much more selective in 2023, as theater audiences and content budgets shrink  —  The kind of independent movies that the festival showcases have struggled at the box office, spurring worries about what the market would be like this year.
Discussion: @nytimestech
James Vincent / The Verge:
Springer Nature, the world's largest academic publisher, doesn't let LLMs like ChatGPT be credited as an author but allows AI to help write papers, if disclosed  —  Springer Nature, the world's largest academic publisher, has clarified its policies on the use of AI writing tools in scientific papers.
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Dessi Gomez / The Wrap:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences partners with Letterboxd, a film-focused social network that has 8M members, ahead of the Oscars on March 12
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen's most-streamed titles on US TVs in 2022: Stranger Things, followed by NCIS, CoComelon, Ozark, and Encanto; streaming content consumption rose ~27% YoY
 Earlier Picks: 
Kareem Shaheen / New Lines Magazine:
Mainstream outlets made important missteps in the Hamline University controversy, particularly by not publishing the painting of Muhammad that sparked it all
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Substack introduces private publications, search improvements, chat updates, post duplication, publication toggling, inline footnotes, LaTeX support, and more
Discussion: On Substack and Flack
Washington Post:
After layoffs, The Washington Post adds seven contributors to its opinion section and two visual team members to present content in “new and compelling formats”
Meta plans to reinstate Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks with “new guardrails to deter repeat offenses”, after a two-year ban