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9:50 AM ET, February 5, 2023


 Top News: 
Julia Angwin / The Markup:
The Markup founder Julia Angwin says she is leaving the outlet after five years to pursue other projects; Angwin moved from EIC to editor-at-large in April 2022  —  Hello, friends,  —  I'm sad to inform you that this is my last missive to you.  After founding The Markup five years ago …
Erin Woo / The Information:
Internal messages: Twitter wants to charge brands $1,000 per month to keep their gold verification badges, plus $50 per month for each affiliated account  —  Twitter is likely to charge brands $1000 a month to keep their gold verification badge, plus $50 a month for each affiliated account …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Elon Musk says Twitter will start sharing revenue from reply-thread ads with users who pay for Twitter Blue, starting on February 3, but doesn't give details
Duncan Campbell / Byline Times:
A look at The Nation's refusal to retract a 2017 story saying the 2016 DNC email leak was an inside job, not a Russian hack, and its history of defending Russia  —  The Article the CJR Didn't Publish  —  Two and a half years ago, the Columbia Journalism Review refused to publish Duncan …
Sources: Disney explores licensing more films and TV series to rivals to earn more from its content library, a strategy shift from 2019 when Disney+ launched  —  Walt Disney Co. is exploring more licensing of its films and television series to rival media outlets as pressure grows to curb the losses in its streaming TV business.
Elizabeth Spiers / New York Times:
Gawker's founding editor says its last iteration read like a literary journal and the original couldn't exist today as mainstream media covers salacious stories  —  Ms. Spiers, a contributing Opinion writer, is a journalist and digital media strategist.  She was the editor in chief …
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Gannett ended online comments for most of its ~200 news sites on February 1 as “a safe, moderated” discussion is no longer feasible due to “changes in staffing”  —  Previously, Gannett journalists moderated online comment spaces.  ‘Changes in staffing’ have made that difficult.
Wall Street Journal:
A look at “de-influencers”, a rising cohort of TikTok users criticizing viral products and promoting thoughtful shopping; #deinfluencing videos passed 68M views  —  TikTok users are speaking critically about viral products and advocating for thoughtful shopping habits.
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Sports Illustrated publisher Arena Group is working with AI startups Jasper and Nota to help produce articles from its own content library and pitch journalists  —  Arena Group uses the technology to help produce Men's Journal pieces such as workout tips  —  The publisher of Sports Illustrated …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Sources: Hello Sunshine is closing its kids and animation business and will collaborate with CoComelon creator Moonbug on future kids and animation projects  —  EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Hello Sunshine is shuttering its kids and animation business as part of a strategic decision …
Discussion: @mrschimpf
Peter Laufer / Inside Higher Ed:
University of Oregon journalism professor Peter Laufer asks Gannett to donate The Register-Guard to the university; Gannett says no as the newspaper makes money  —  Travel with me to my not atypical college town, Eugene, Ore., where I'm privileged to labor as a professor at our vibrant University …
Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
A US federal judge dismisses a 2020 Trump campaign defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post but lets the campaign revise its complaint within 30 days  —  A defamation lawsuit by President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign against the Washington Post was dismissed by a federal judge.
Discussion: Insider and The Guardian
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Kelsey Weekman / BuzzFeed News:
After YouTuber MrBeast made a video about paying for 1,000 blind people's eye surgery, critics raise questions about “stunt philanthropy” and “charity porn”
Emily Leedham / PressProgress:
Canada's Overstory Media Group, which presented itself as a local news savior and set a goal of hiring 250 journalists by 2023, has 22 journalists after layoffs
Discussion: Ricochet
Scott Roxborough / The Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, the largest independent content provider to AVOD services, on finding undervalued shows, his business model, and more
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Jesse Whittock / Deadline:
BFI: production spend in the UK's high-end TV and film industries reached a record £6.3B in 2022, of which 86% came from international streamers and studios
Mandy Dalugdug / Music Business Worldwide:
Los Angeles-based Shamrock Capital raises $600M+ for its third equity fund, investing in film, television, music, video games, sports rights, and other content