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5:05 PM ET, January 28, 2018

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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.
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 …
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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
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  —  Data-driven news stories produced by members of the European Data Journalism Network are translated into English, French …
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 …
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 …
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
YouTube's new rules, allowing ads only on channels with 1000+ subscribers and 4000 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
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.
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Germany reportedly may allow Turkey to make previously banned arms deal in exchange for release of journalist Deniz Yucel, imprisoned in Turkey for 11 months  —  Along with increased pressure and threats from unfriendly governments, journalists in some parts of the world face the prospect of becoming bargaining chips.
Discussion: @boothwilliam and Spiegel Online
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Fox News' dismissal of New York Times' scoop on Trump's attempt to fire Mueller illustrates the growing distance between Fox and the rest of the media  —  For a moment last night, the winter chill was replaced with memories of May.  The New York Times's was responsible for the time warp …
Discussion: The Independent, Politico and @jray05
 
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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
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
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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
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