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5:55 AM ET, January 21, 2019

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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Oxford-Stanford report outlines how Facebook can improve as a forum for free speech and democracy, from defining hate speech to forming an external appeals body  —  What would you put on Facebook's to-do list?  —  Well, a group of Oxford and Stanford researchers (Timothy Garton Ash …
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James Ball / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tech companies funding journalism projects deepens their codependence and implies the media is the exception that should be protected from tech's disruption  —  Yesterday, Facebook announced it would spend $300 million over three years on journalistic content, partnerships, and programs.
Avi Asher-Schapiro / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Half a dozen female journalists working for local broadcasters across the US talk about threats, stalkers, and harassment they endure while covering stories  —  In 2016, the FBI told a local TV journalist that she wasn't safe sleeping in her own home.  Her TV station, which covers a major American city …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
As Daily Telegraph's YoY circulation comparisons get reported without distorting bulk sales numbers, the real decline, at 8%, looks much smaller than before  —  A decision to stop including bulk sales exactly a year ago has been distorting the year-on-year circulation decline …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Report outlines Perugia Principles, 12 rules for reporters to protect whistleblowers including publishing original docs, gauging public interest value of info  —  “We're being forced to act like spies, having to learn tradecraft and encryption and all the new ways to protect sources.
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with New York Magazine's EIC Adam Moss on why the magazine was well adapted to the rise of the internet, his leadership style, and making editing fun  —  On Tuesday, New York magazine Editor in Chief Adam Moss announced plans to step down this March.
Joseph Lichterman / The Lenfest Institute …:
Q&A with Ernst-Jan Pfauth, the co-founder of De Correspondent, on the strategy behind the successful crowdfunding campaign that raised $2.5M+ for the US launch  —  In spring 2017, De Correspondent, the Dutch member-supported news site, announced that was expanding and launching …
Discussion: @ylichterman
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
A year in, 50K stories have been filed and 90% of roles have been filled in BBC-funded local news initiative that assigns reporters to cover local government  —  BBC-funded local democracy reporters have filed 50,000 news stories in the scheme's first year, although the scheme has yet to fill every role.
Discussion: @bbcnorthpr
Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:
A look at current and former defamation lawsuits filed by the subjects of true-crime shows who were presented as guilty and experienced threats and abuse  —  The Netflix hit helped launch the current boom in sleuthing docuseries.  Now the detective at its center is suing for defamation …
Discussion: @thatrebecca, @thr, @crimeconhq and @thr
Ilya Zhegulev / Meduza.io:
A look at the attacks St. Petersburg's Fontanka faced for its investigative journalism prior to its acquisition by Russian Maxim and Elle owner Viktor Shkulev  —  Viktor Shkulev now owns the St. Petersburg news publication Fontanka.  He also owns the magazines Maxim and Elle.
Discussion: @meduza_en
 
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
How Amazon is leveraging its book publishing unit and self-published authors to create instant bestsellers and compete in lucrative genres such as romance