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8:55 PM ET, January 27, 2019

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BuzzFeed News Staff Council:
In a letter to BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti and others, the BuzzFeed News Staff Council demands that BuzzFeed pay out earned paid time off to laid-off employees  —  To Jonah Peretti, Lenke Taylor, and Ben Smith:  —  We are the BuzzFeed News Staff Council, a group of employees appointed to open …
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
BuzzFeed News laid off 43 on Friday, closing its Spain bureau, eliminating the national desk and national security desk, and slashing the health and LGBT desks
Rafi Schwartz / Splinter:
A source shared BuzzFeed News Slack messages in which staffers criticized the CEO for the handling of layoffs; 40+ BuzzFeed News staffers were fired on Friday
Jim Morrill / Nieman Reports:
As some criticize horse-race political coverage, a look back at The Charlotte Observer's election work using a “citizens agenda”, from a reporter who was there  —  In 1992, the Charlotte Observer pioneered “public journalism” in its election coverage.  Is that what voters need in 2020?
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Distributed Denial of Secrets, a WikiLeaks-like online repository launched last month by transparency advocates, publishes 175 GB of leaked Russian documents  —  A group of transparency advocates on Friday posted a mammoth collection of hacked and leaked documents from inside Russia …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
The Telegraph apologizes to Melania Trump for false statements in “The Mystery of Melania”, an article published last week, agrees to pay “substantial damages”  —  (CNN)A British magazine has issued an apology to first lady Melania Trump for an article it published …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Major TV networks like NBC and Viacom embrace addressable TV ads, which allow advertisers to create targeted ads by demographic based on viewer data  —  The hottest new trend in TV tech is “addressable” ads, or TV ads that can be targeted to specific households via user data.
Discussion: @pomeranian99
Jill Abramson / New York Magazine:
An excerpt from Jill Abramson's book “Merchants of Truth” on her time as the New York Times' executive editor as digital disruption took off  —  Adapted from the forthcoming book Merchants of Truth, by Jill Abramson.  Copyright © 2019 by Jill Abramson.  Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Research at the University of Texas finds that when more than 75% of comments on news sites are uncivil, it negatively affects readers' perceptions of the site  —  You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  —  Grandma adage aside, the comments matter, folks.
Discussion: @niemanreports
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
After appealing for paid subscriptions via a printed letter and social media, Arkansas Life magazine survives by gaining 1K subscribers, reducing print issues  —  How many fans does it take to keep a regional print magazine afloat?  —  In December, subscribers to Arkansas Life received a printed letter along with their January issue.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Edelman: number of people who read traditional news weekly rises 14% YoY to 40% as number of people who read traditional news less often drops 20% YoY to 28%  —  An urgent desire for societal change and a chaotic media environment is driving a renewed interest in fact-finding, according to Edelman's 2019 Trust Barometer.
 
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Kali Hays / WWD:
Interview with Kate Lewis, the Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, about the future of print, what advertisers really want, and more
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
Wattpad, the online reading and writing community, is launching its own publishing division, Wattpad Books, this fall with six YA titles
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Condé Nast's Bon Appétit, an ad-supported streaming channel on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku, to launch on February 21
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Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Toronto's Citizen Lab, behind exposés of hacking tool vendors like NSO, details meetings arranged by alleged undercover agents likely to get dirt on researchers
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Apple's first beta of iOS 12.2 for developers includes images of a magazine subscription service, rumored since Apple first bought Texture
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