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5:00 PM 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 …
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Kerry Flynn / Digiday:
Roku has added Alex Jones' InfoWars as a channel, six months after Facebook, Apple, and Spotify banned it from their platforms  —  Roku may have given itself a brand safety issue.  The streaming service has added Infowars, the live show hosted by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as a channel.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
In statement regarding allowing InfoWars on its platform, Roku says it does not censor based on viewpoint and it is not aware of InfoWars violating its policies  —  Roku has just made a bad decision with regard to its growing advertising business by associating its brand with the toxic conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones.
Discussion: @jank0 and Variety, more at Techmeme »
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Memo: NBC News standards department tells staffers not to directly call Rep. Steve King's comments about white supremacy “racist”  —  “It is ok to attribute to others as in ‘what many are calling racist,’” an email from the standards department reads in part.
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.
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.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US Sec of State Mike Pompeo said he told Saudi Arabia's King and Crown Prince that they must hold Khashoggi's killers accountable, described Saudis as “friends”  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he told the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Former Ohio governor and GOP presidential candidate John Kasich joins CNN as a senior political commentator  —  (CNN)John Kasich's time as Ohio governor just came to an end.  And his time as a CNN commentator just began.  —  On Tuesday morning CNN announced that Kasich is the newest addition to the network's stable of commentators.
Michelle Robertson / San Francisco Chronicle:
Reporter Meaghan Mackey was attacked in Chico, California, on Monday while doing a Facebook Live broadcast from the scene of a mass overdose  —  A reporter for a Redding news station was attacked during a live broadcast while reporting from the site of several apparent fentanyl overdoses in Chico, California, on Saturday.
Discussion: New York Post
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  —  Alden Global Capital, the most reviled newspaper owner in the business, now wants to buy Gannett, the United States' largest daily newspaper company.
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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
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
In France, so-called “Yellow Vests” protesters are verbally and physically assaulting journalists and threatened to rape one female reporter  —  In late November, as the Gilets Jaunes—or Yellow Vests—protest movement took hold in France, Martin Goillandeau and Makana Eyre wrote …
 
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Former Senator Claire McCaskill joins NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst and will participate in the network's coverage of Trump's SOTU on Jan. 29
Discussion: Mediaite
Axios:
The New York Times says it plans to build custom Alexa skills for advertisers for six figures through its 175-person branded content studio
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
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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
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
Discussion: Press Gazette and Mediaite
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