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8:10 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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:   New study finds the use of warnings on fake stories alongside real news can mitigate the spread of misinformation
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 …
Discussion: @bzelizer, @david_hicks and @digiday
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 …
Tamar Wilner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Texas Senate cites ‘decorum’ to increase distance between legislators, reporters  —  REPORTERS IN TEXAS have long enjoyed an unusual level of access to their state legislators.  But when the legislative session started earlier this month, they became the latest statehouse journalists to find …
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 and @augensteinwtop
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.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Samantha Bee is hosting a counter-event to the White House Correspondents Association's annual dinner, called “Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner”  —  The annual custom of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner suddenly seems uncomfortable if not untenable …
Discussion: Variety and Washington Post
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
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.
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 …
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