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10:50 AM ET, January 15, 2019

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Campbell Brown / Facebook Media:
Facebook says it will invest $300M over the next three years to support local news in the US, and expand the Local News Subscriptions Accelerator globally  —  Last year, we worked to better understand what kind of news people want to see on Facebook.  We've also asked our partners …
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
A breakdown of Facebook's $300M contribution to journalism: $16M to orgs including the Pulitzer Centre, $20M to expand subscription pilot globally, more  —  The internet giants make billions from ads.  They want news publishers to sell subscriptions instead.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
After 15 years, Adam Moss will step down as editor of New York Magazine in March; his successor is expected to be named in the next few days  —  Adam Moss, whose visual savvy and ear for the zeitgeist made him one of the leading magazine editors of his generation, said on Tuesday that he would step …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal promotes Bonnie Hammer to lead upcoming streaming service, aligns its content businesses under Mark Lazarus and Jeff Shell  —  NBCUniversal is set to unveil a major shakeup of its top executive ranks as CEO Steve Burke reorganizes his direct reports and the company prepares …
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CNBC:
NBCUniversal says it will launch an ad-supported streaming service in Q1 2020 that is free for pay-TV subscribers; source: non-subscribers could pay ~$12/month  —  - NBC's streaming service will be a free, ad-supported product to anyone that subscribes to a pay-TV service.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
NBCU CEO Steve Burke defends NBC News Chief Andy Lack, says it was his decision to hire Megyn Kelly and says Lauer was a “grenade we didn't know was a grenade”  —  The Megyn Kelly debacle at NBC News has raised the question of whether NBC News chief Andy Lack will face repercussions for the costly experiment.
Discussion: CNN, TVNewser and TV Tattle
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Trump's attack on Bezos and praise of the National Enquirer comes amid news that American Media's Pecker is a cooperating witness in SDNY's Stormy Daniels probe  —  Even by the tweeting habits of the 45th president of the United States, it was a puzzler.  —  Until you examined it.
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Inside the Washington Post, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos' divorce is the first test case for the paper regarding how they cover their owner  —  The Post journalists I spoke with, perhaps high-mindedly, acknowledged that tabloid-style extramarital affairs aren't typically in their wheelhouse.
Associated Press:
Gannett says it has received Digital First Media's $1.36B takeover bid and that its board will evaluate the offer  —  DENVER (AP) — The publisher of USA Today has received a $1.36 billion takeover bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing costs.
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
A look at the decline of Gannett over the past decade, its duty to maximize shareholder value, and possible paths forward as it considers MNG Enterprises' offer
Cara Lombardo / Wall Street Journal:
MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, has built a 7.5% stake in Gannett and has offered $12/share, a 23% premium over Friday's closing price
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix raises prices for US subscribers by 13%-18%, its biggest hike ever, immediately affecting new subscribers, over next three months for existing customers  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago.
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Source: John Lasseter faced blunt questions from female employees at a town hall at his new employer Skydance Animation's LA headquarters  —  Incoming Skydance Animation head John Lasseter was grilled for over an hour and a half on Monday by concerned staffers who wanted to know more details …
Concepción de León / New York Times:
Bob Woodward is to receive the 2019 PEN Literary Service Award; past winners include Stephen King and J.K. Rowling  —  The 2019 PEN America Literary Service Award will be given to Bob Woodward, The Washington Post editor known most recently for “Fear: Trump in the White House,” …
Discussion: @simonschuster and @penamerican
Axios:
The New York Times plans to build custom Alexa skills for advertisers through its branded content studio for roughly six figures  —  The New York Times plans to build custom Alexa skills for advertisers through its branded content studio for roughly six figures.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
MailOnline Editor-in-Chief Noah Kotch has left to “pursue other opportunities”, just seven months after leaving his job running FoxNews.com  —  The Daily Mail's editor-in-chief Noah Kotch has left the company “to pursue other opportunities,” a spokesperson for the British tabloid told TheWrap on Monday.
Discussion: Press Gazette and Mediaite
 
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Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
Appeals court says that a local official violated the First Amendment by banning a user from commenting on a Facebook page she used for official communication
Joe Mayes / Bloomberg:
Discovery is applying for broadcast licenses in the Netherlands to keep its pay-TV channels up in EU in case of a no-deal Brexit, will open operational HQ there
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Prominent GOP opposition research group is digging up info on Pulitzer-winning journalist Connie Schultz, wife of potential presidential contender Sherrod Brown
Discussion: The Week
Arielle Duhaime-Ross / @adrs:
Thread: HBO Vice News Tonight Correspondent Arielle Duhaime-Ross says paragraph about her in Jill Abramson's new book contains at least six errors
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James Walker / Press Gazette:
RSF: Afghan citizen journalist Javid Noori becomes first journalist to be killed in 2019, after the Taliban executed him on January 5
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
In a tweet, Stephen King urged his local paper The Portland Press Herald not to drop book reviews, so the paper asked for 100 new subscribers to help fund them
Mark Armstrong / WordPress:
WordPress.com launches Newspack, a publishing platform aimed at small and medium-sized news outlets and backed by Google, ConsenSys, Lenfest, Knight, and others