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3:30 AM ET, January 29, 2018

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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Jim Kirk, former publisher of The Chicago Sun-Times, to be named EIC of the LA Times, to replace Lewis D'Vorkin, who will become Tronc's chief content officer  —  In an attempt to calm rising newsroom tensions at The Los Angeles Times, the paper was expected to name Jim Kirk …
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HuffPost:
LA Times staffers fear that a secretive new management team appears to be quietly building a non-union shadow national newsroom  —  A mysterious new management team appears to be quietly building a non-union network.  —  As lunch was winding down Wednesday in the Los Angeles Times cafeteria …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Tronc refuses to answer staff questions about Los Angeles Times Network LLC, its new content creation, distribution, and syndication entity and associated hires  —  And why is the Tronc newspaper treating its own newsroom as a group not to be trusted?  —  All of the furor consuming …
New York Times:
How Devumi uses its 3.5M+ automated Twitter accounts, sometimes based on stolen social identities, to sell followers and retweets to 200K+ customers  —  Everyone wants to be popular online.  —  Some even pay for it.  —  Inside social media's black market.
Natasha Madov / Nieman Lab:
A profile of Brazil's Sergio Spagnuolo and his data journalism agency, Volt Data Lab, as data journalism grows thanks to the passing of a local version of FOIA  —  Volt started as a passion project, rode a wave of interest in Brazil for better online data stories, and today builds data-based stories …
Discussion: @niemanlab
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:   European Data Journalism Network has 15 partners who produce data-driven stories translated into six languages and distributed free to partner, non-partner orgs
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
New Copyright Royalty Board ruling requires streaming services to give 15.1%, up from 10.5%, of revenue to songwriters and music publishers over next five years  —  (Reuters) - U.S. copyright authorities on Saturday decided to increase over the next five years the royalty payments music streaming companies …
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
GroupM's Rob Norman on Google and Facebook's digital ad duopoly, Facebook's News Feed changes, Disney's opportunity with Hulu if 21st Century Fox deal closes  —  Rob Norman was greeted with a social media flood of well-wishes and compliments from marketing executives at major brands …
David Shaftel / New York Times:
Inside London's Hyman Archive, the world's largest private magazine collection with more than 120K titles, which researchers can access for about $100 per hour  —  LONDON — When James Hyman was a scriptwriter at MTV Europe, in the 1990s, before the rise of the internet, there was a practical …
Nick Fernandez / Media Matters for America:
In June 2017, Hannity and guests called on Robert Mueller to resign, recuse himself, or be fired 39 times, claimed Mueller had a conflict of interest 102 times  —  The New York Times reported that in June 2017, President Donald Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
YouTube's new rules, allowing ads only on channels with 1,000+ subscribers and 4,000 watch hours, may drive away niche channels and new creators  —  THOMAS M. WAGNER has uploaded over 300 science fiction reviews to YouTube since 2013.  He's not a major star, but his content has attracted …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
David Beard / Poynter:
A look at Berkeleyside, a local news site in Berkeley, CA, which has now raised $830K from 240 investors after launching a direct public offering in 2016  —  When Lance Knobel and Tracey Taylor helped dream up a local news site for their community nine years ago, they knew coverage …
T.A. Frank / Washington Post:
Small conservative magazines like the Weekly Standard, National Review, and others are vital voices of debate and introspection, while often opposing Trump  —  President Trump has scrambled the very meaning of conservatism.  Now, a small group of intellectual publications are enjoying a golden age.
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti, on Facebook's News Feed changes and lack of revenue sharing, BuzzFeed's revenue miss in 2017, and more  —  Photo courtesy BuzzFeed.  —  BuzzFeed co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti is the kind of guy who never sees the cloud, only the silver lining, no matter how dark things get.
 
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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Bay Area local news site Hoodline launches an automated wire service that packages data and editorial content for local newsrooms in smaller markets nationwide
Discussion: Hoodline Insider
Facebook Media:
Facebook launches Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship, gives four organizations focused on diversity in journalism $250K each, to offer student scholarships
Alexandria Neason / Columbia Journalism Review:
Emails show Texas Monthly had a deal with Bumble, for app to pay for social media promotion of Texas Monthly cover story featuring Bumble's founder
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook will allow fans of game streamers to tip creators a minimum of $3 as part of its new gaming creator pilot program
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Bloomberg says its Twitter video channel, TicToc, now has 750K daily viewers, 1M daily views, and 119K followers, with half of the audience outside the US
Richard Deitsch / Sports Illustrated:
Jemele Hill, the ESPN anchor called out by Trump in a tweet after she called him a white supremacist, is leaving SportsCenter to join The Undefeated
Reuters:
China's Bytedance partners with BuzzFeed to distribute its content on Toutiao, though how Toutiao will select content not subject to censorship is unclear
Discussion: Bloomberg, Sixth Tone and Quartz
Scott Hilton / Walmart:
Walmart to start selling ebooks, audiobooks, and ereaders powered by Rakuten's digital book arm, Kobo, as part of Walmart-Rakuten alliance
Will Oremus / Slate:
Google is testing Bulletin, an app for allowing local users to submit stories about their communities, as a limited pilot in Nashville, TN and Oakland, CA