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5:10 AM ET, February 4, 2019


 Top News: 
New York Times:
The Instagram egg account, with 10M+ followers, was started by an advertising professional; a Hulu ad based on the egg debuted Sunday promoting mental health  —  He works in advertising.  —  When Chris Godfrey learned in early January that the record for “likes” on an Instagram post was held …
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Sources: ESPN fired host Adnan Virk after allegations he leaked confidential company information to the media on multiple occasions  —  ESPN rising star Adnan Virk has been fired by the network, sources told The Post.  —  Virk is accused of leaking confidential company information to the media …
Discussion: Awful Announcing and USA Today
Nick Evershed / The Guardian:
The Guardian Australia publishes its first story written by an automated system called Reporter Mate, which automates analysis and writing of formulaic stories  —  Guardian Australia has just published its first automated article but reporters fear not - you're still needed for a while yet
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
The Economist's redesign, its podcasting and documentary efforts, and Open Future initiative are part of a drive to make the magazine seem less inaccessible  —  The Economist is taking a series of steps to bring more emotion to its brand after research revealed that it was seen as lacking in humanity and accessibility.
Tiffany Stevens / Poynter:
A look at independent journalistic endeavors like Southerly pushing for deeper coverage of the South and Appalachia, occupying roles once played by alt-weeklies  —  Two years before the 2016 election, freelance reporter Matt Stroud became fascinated by an area that soon would be labeled Trump country.
Martin Scott / Nieman Reports:
Interviews with 74 journalists and foundation representatives show concerns with relying on philanthropy because funding shapes which issues get covered and how  —  New research raises questions about unintended consequences when it comes to foundation funding of international coverage
Amazon spent over $41M at the Sundance Film Festival to buy three films  —  They came.  They saw.  They bought a lot.  —  That's more or less the story of the 2019 edition of the Sundance Film Festival.  It was a return to the free-spending days of a couple of years ago …
Discussion: The Wrap, Deadline and Business Insider
Dalit Shalom / Times Open:
NYT's “The Daily” episodes will now come with transcripts created by 3Play transcription software; transcripts of other Times podcasts are coming in the future  —  Dalit ShalomBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing  —  It's an introduction familiar to many: “From The New York Times, I'm Michael Barbaro.
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Nick Statt / The Verge:
After backlash over stolen jokes, founder of the popular Instagram aggregator account Fuckjerry apologizes, pledges not to post content without permission
Global Editors Network:
Interviews with two R&D managers on their daily routines, specific projects, and the future of news: Tristan Ferne of BBC and Kourtney Bitterly of NYT
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Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
The Washington Post is airing a 60-second ad during the Super Bowl's fourth quarter on Sunday, with Tom Hanks describing journalism's importance to society