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5:55 AM ET, January 30, 2017


 Top News: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
A look at Sean Spicer's first week on the job and feedback he's received, including Trump's distaste of his suit size, comments from Bannon and GOP strategists  —  WASHINGTON — In his first, rocky week as President Trump's press secretary, Sean M. Spicer was scolded by his boss …
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Despite erosion of trust, Pew research shows people still appreciate media's watchdog role and want journalists to call out lies  —  Journalism, according to the renowned media scholar and historian Sean Hannity, is dead.  —  Of course, the Fox News host and Donald Trump disciple …
Tamar Wilner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Texas Senate cites ‘decorum’ to increase distance between legislators, reporters  —  The Texas State Capitol.  Photo via Wikimedia Commons  —  Reporters in Texas have long enjoyed an unusual level of access to their state legislators.  But when the legislative session started earlier this month …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
An anonymous junior reporter who's worked at Gannett and Tronc discusses life in the daily newspaper trenches  —  Newspapers have struggled more than any print media in finding a sustainable digital media model.  For the latest in our anonymous Confessions series, we talked …
Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists arrested in DC inauguration protests have law on their side … Or, if you're a journalist, you get arrested simply for gathering news at protests.  —  At least six journalists have been charged with felony rioting, as The Guardian first reported, after their arrests Friday at Trump's inaugural parade.
Discussion: DCist
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
How one of the largest and most profitable regional newspapers in the UK fell from £59M revenue and 581 staff in 1996 to £16m and 107 staff by 2011  —  Former editor of the Leicester Mercury and Derby Telegraph Keith Perch is now a lecturer at Derby University.
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Posts on Facebook from ultraconservative websites like Breitbart News and Infowars stoke anxiety about Muslim refugees  —  Type the word refugees into Facebook and some alarming “news” will appear about a refugee rape crisis, a refugee flesh-eating disease epidemic and a refugee-related risk …
Ethan Zuckerman / Deutsche Welle:
News media landscape is changing with the spread of fake news, propaganda, and “disinformatzya,” and these variants must be treated with different techniques  —  Fake news, propaganda and “disinformatzya” are changing the media landscape - in the US, Russia and Turkey and across the world.
Discussion: @dmlresearchhub and TechCrunch
The Guardian:
George Orwell experts on how the Trump era shares aspects of the dystopian world of 1984  —  Since Kellyanne Conway spoke of ‘alternative facts’, Nineteen Eighty-Four has hit the No 1 spot in Amazon's book sales chart.  So, is the age of Newspeak here? … Jean Seaton: The seeds were sown during the George W Bush era
Discussion: @penamerican and New Matilda
Ted Johnson / Variety:
ISPs, studios, and record labels end the four-year-old copyright alert system that sent warnings to users over P2P downloads of pirated content  —  Major internet providers are ending a four-year-old system in which consumers received “copyright alerts” when they viewed peer-to-peer pirated content.
Discussion: Engadget and Multichannel News
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The flood of leaks now coming out of the White House suggest that Trump's aides have resorted to influencing him through a public airing of grievances  —  All White Houses leak.  Sometimes the leaks are big, sometimes small.  But there are always people willing to talk to reporters about the …
Discussion: New York Times
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