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11:35 AM ET, January 29, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman opens investigation into Devumi, the company that sells millions of fake followers to celebs, journalists, others  —  The New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, on Saturday opened an investigation into a company that sold millions …
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
Eric Lichtblau / New Yorker:
An interview with historian Gar Alperovitz, the previously anonymous mastermind behind Daniel Ellsberg's leak of the Pentagon Papers to the press  —  Speaking publicly for the first time, a historian reveals the crucial role he and a small band of others played in helping Daniel Ellsberg leak the documents to journalists.
Discussion: @robertellsberg
Graydon Carter / Vanity Fair:
Profile of Graydon Carter, who recalls fond memories and shares tricks of the trade as editor of Vanity Fair for 25 years  —  The author recounts the key to his longevity, and some of his greatest hits along the way.  —  All good things—certainly in my case this month—eventually come to an end.
Philip Eil / Columbia Journalism Review:
As alt-weeklies die out, communities lose them as local media ombudsmen, career entry spots for diverse writers, and platforms for strong voices  —  Alt-weekly boxes circa 2012.  Adoephoto, via Flickr  —  THE OREGON-BASED ALT-WEEKLY Willamette Week recently published a piece explaining why its 2002 article, “RUBBISH!
Graham Ruddick / The Guardian:
Source: on Tuesday, the BBC will publish PwC's audit of its top stars salaries and unveil a set of proposals designed to tackle its gender pay gap  —  Broadcaster to publish audit and proposals following calls from women to overhaul pay structure  —  The BBC will admit this week …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Steve Greene / IndieWire:
La La Land director Damien Chazelle signs deal with Apple to write and direct new series, will partner with La La Land producers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger  —  Here's to the content providers who dream.  —  Less than a year after becoming the youngest Best Director winner in Oscars history …
Discussion: @indiewire
John Koblin / New York Times:
Interview with Reese Witherspoon on her production company Hello Sunshine, which has sold three projects to Apple, a third of Apple's TV purchases to date  —  From Oscar-winning actress to Emmy-winning producer: After taking charge of her career, she makes deals with HBO and Apple.
Discussion: TV Tattle and Refinery29
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal cable network Bravo is near a deal for a two-season drama based on LA Times podcast Dirty John; sister network Oxygen greenlights companion series  —  Fellow NBCUniversal-owned cable network Oxygen has also greenlighted a companion unscripted series exploring the real-life crimes of “Dirty” John Meehan.
Discussion: TV Tattle
Max Willens / Digiday:
HuffPost's Head of Product Julia Beizer joins Bloomberg Media as its first chief product officer, overseeing its desktop and mobile site and more  —  Bloomberg Media wants to build stronger bonds with its audience across devices in 2018, so it's hired its first digital head of product in Julia Beizer …
Discussion: @lpolgreen and @raju
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 …
Meg Dalton / Columbia Journalism Review:
Slate Editor-In-Chief Julia Turner on the site's redesign, the end of its DoubleX section, and its expansion into narrative-driven podcasts  —  Last year, while others pivoted to video (and failed), Slate did not.  The online magazine decided to stick with what it does best: words.
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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
Discussion: @boothwilliam