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11:40 AM ET, January 25, 2019

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Engaged Journalism Accelerator:
A look at the eight latest media outlets to receive funding from the Engaged Journalism Accelerator program run by the European Journalism Centre  —  Engaged Journalism Accelerator director Kathryn Geels introduces our eight newest grantees, taking the total number of funded news organisations …
BuzzFeed News:
YouTube's “Up Next” still suggests conspiracy videos, hate group videos, and pirated videos after news searches; YouTube says it's still working to improve  —  How many clicks through YouTube's “Up Next” recommendations does it take to go from an anodyne PBS clip …
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Tom Kludt / CNN:
HuffPost layoffs: WGAE spokesperson says at least 15 union members laid off; non-union managers also affected; head of opinion section says unit is “no more”  —  New York (CNN)Some employees at HuffPost learned Thursday morning that their days in the newsroom are numbered, as layoffs hit the popular news website.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Stephen Elliott seeks to subpoena Google for the names of everyone who worked on and accessed the Shitty Media Men list and all emails connected to its creation  —  Stephen Elliott hunts for those who contributed, read and publicized a list of men allegedly behaving inappropriately toward women.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: WarnerMedia Investments, which had invested in Mic, Maker Studios, and Mashable under Time Warner, is no longer its own corporate entity  —  Prior to becoming WarnerMedia, Time Warner was one of the most prominent investors in digital media and technology companies.
Discussion: @rafat
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
UN human rights office says a team of international experts will conduct an inquiry into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, starting in Turkey on January 28  —  GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office said on Friday that a team of international experts would conduct an inquiry …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
In email to staff, CEO Jonah Peretti says BuzzFeed will make a 15% overall reduction in headcount next week, will share more about its future structure soon  —  “Unfortunately, revenue growth by itself isn't enough to be successful in the long run," CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in an email to staff.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Mail Online's Q1 revenue is up 14% YoY, while ad revenue rose 11% YoY; ad revenue across Mail titles rose 4% with digital ad growth offsetting print ad decline  —  Mail titles owner, the Daily Mail and General Trust, has reported revenue growth of 2 per cent year-on-year for the first quarter of 2019.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony's visual effects and animation studio, to launch an open source render manager called OpenCue  —  Google today announced that it has partnered with Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony's visual effects and animation studio, to launch OpenCue, an open-source render manager.
Discussion: Variety, @jank0, 9to5Google and VentureBeat
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Verge starts publishing science fiction, accompanied by video or audio, that imagines how technology and science can improve the world  —  And turning away a bit from Facebook video: “Our video lives on YouTube.  We're going to program for the YouTube audience."
Discussion: Talking Biz News
 
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sports Illustrated partners with Liverpool Football Club and will air Liverpool content including matches across all leagues and original content weekly
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Sources: ratings company Nielsen is looking to sell itself at a potential valuation of $10B; private equity firm Blackstone is a prospective buyer
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Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Pinna, a premium podcast service for kids programming previously under Panoply's umbrella, is being spun out into a standalone company backed by Graham Holdings
Discussion: Hot Pod News
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Two laid off at The Arizona Republic, sources say, as Gannett cost cutting hits newspapers in Indianapolis, Knoxville, TN, Asheville, NC, and more