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9:00 AM ET, January 21, 2019

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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Oxford-Stanford report outlines how Facebook can improve as a forum for free speech and democracy, from defining hate speech to forming an external appeals body  —  What would you put on Facebook's to-do list?  —  Well, a group of Oxford and Stanford researchers (Timothy Garton Ash …
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James Ball / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tech companies funding journalism projects deepens their codependence and implies the media is the exception that should be protected from tech's disruption  —  Yesterday, Facebook announced it would spend $300 million over three years on journalistic content, partnerships, and programs.
Avi Asher-Schapiro / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Half a dozen female journalists working for local broadcasters across the US talk about threats, stalkers, and harassment they endure while covering stories  —  In 2016, the FBI told a local TV journalist that she wasn't safe sleeping in her own home.  Her TV station, which covers a major American city …
Reuters:
WhatsApp is now globally limiting the forwarding of messages to five recipients, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors”  —  JAKARTA (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's WhatsApp (FB.O) messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five …
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
An excerpt from Jason Rezaian's new book “Prisoner”, which recounts the 18 months he spent in Iran's Evin prison after his arrest in July 2014  —  The author, then The Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran, and his wife, Yeganeh, were arrested by Iranian authorities on July 22, 2014.
Discussion: Washington Post
Maria Ressa / TIME:10 minutes ago
Rappler's CEO Maria Ressa on why her news outlet works with Facebook even though it allowed the country's authorities to use it as a weapon against her  —  My reputation and peace of mind were demolished by information operations on Facebook.  It's a cautionary tale for the U.S.
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with New York Magazine's EIC Adam Moss on why the magazine was well adapted to the rise of the internet, his leadership style, and making editing fun  —  On Tuesday, New York magazine Editor in Chief Adam Moss announced plans to step down this March.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
As Daily Telegraph's YoY circulation comparisons get reported without distorting bulk sales numbers, the real decline, at 8%, looks much smaller than before  —  A decision to stop including bulk sales exactly a year ago has been distorting the year-on-year circulation decline …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Report outlines Perugia Principles, 12 rules for reporters to protect whistleblowers including publishing original docs, gauging public interest value of info  —  “We're being forced to act like spies, having to learn tradecraft and encryption and all the new ways to protect sources.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
A year in, 50K stories have been filed and 90% of roles have been filled in BBC-funded local news initiative that assigns reporters to cover local government  —  BBC-funded local democracy reporters have filed 50,000 news stories in the scheme's first year, although the scheme has yet to fill every role.
Discussion: @bbcnorthpr
 
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Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:
A look at current and former defamation lawsuits filed by the subjects of true-crime shows who were presented as guilty and experienced threats and abuse
Discussion: @thatrebecca, @thr, @crimeconhq and @thr
Ilya Zhegulev / Meduza.io:
A look at the attacks St. Petersburg's Fontanka faced for its investigative journalism prior to its acquisition by Russian Maxim and Elle owner Viktor Shkulev
Discussion: @meduza_en
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
How Amazon is leveraging its book publishing unit and self-published authors to create instant bestsellers and compete in lucrative genres such as romance