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3:25 PM ET, January 28, 2017


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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Melania Trump wins the first round in a libel suit she filed against a Maryland blogger who claimed she worked as a “high-end escort”  —  First Lady Melania Trump prevailed Friday in the first round of a libel suit she filed against a Maryland blogger over a report he published …
Mădălina Ciobanu /
Discourse Media to focus on six issues, including gender, welfare, and Canadian economy over next 12 months as the company rebrands with a new digital presence  —  In 2017, the media company's coverage will be focused on six issues, including gender, welfare and energy poverty
Discussion: @carlneustaedter
H.G. Watson /
NYT hires Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter as its Toronto bureau chief; a Times editor says the paper has 44K subs in Canada, a 47% increase since 2015  —  By Dylan C. Robertson  —  The New York Times has hired its Toronto Bureau Chief.  —  Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:   An estimated one-third of Canadian journalism jobs have been lost since 2010, says a new report, which offers 12 ways to safeguard the future of Canadian news
Lauren Katz / Vox:
Q&A with Lauren Naturale, the person behind the Merriam-Webster dictionary's sassy Twitter account  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway coined a new term this weekend: “alternative facts.”  And the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a 186-year-old authority on English language use, had to weigh in.
Discussion: Digiday, @npr, Recode and Adweek
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
New study finds the use of warnings on fake stories alongside real news can mitigate the spread of misinformation  —  Research conducted by social psychologists at Cambridge University in the UK, and Yale and George Mason in the US, offers a potential strategy for mitigating the spread …
Carlos Greer / Page Six:
Sources: NBC is canceling the third hour of Today to make way for Megyn Kelly, who starts in September and will take over the 9AM or 10AM slot  —  More On:  —  NBC is canceling the third hour of “Today” to make way for new star Megyn Kelly, sources exclusively confirm to Page Six.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Recode's Ina Fried joins Axios Media, founded by Politico alumni, as chief tech correspondent  —  Axios Media — a new media venture founded by former Politico executives — is beefing up its tech team with the new hiring of longtime reporter Ina Fried as its chief tech correspondent in San Francisco.
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Upworthy is merging with Good Worldwide, a media and consulting company; about 20 staffers from both companies have been let go  —  About 20 staffers were laid off as part of the merger  —  The viral news and video site Upworthy is merging with the media and consulting company Good Worldwide …
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Lindsay Stein / Ad Age:
Publicis Groupe names Arthur Sadoun Chairman and CEO to succeed Maurice Levy June 1, 2017
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
New legal threat from Charles Harder, who represented Hulk Hogan, demonstrates the need for much stronger anti-SLAPP laws
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Condé Nast reorganizes revenue teams and juggles publishers, renaming them “chief business officers”