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8:55 AM ET, January 7, 2020

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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
News media's coverage of the Trump administration's conflict with Iran will be a test of lessons learned from the reporting preceding the 2003 Iraq war  —  Still living down the 2003 Iraq war disgrace, under pressure from multiple sides, and dealing with a truth-challenged administration …
The Guardian:
Key figures from US media, including Dean Baquet, Ben Smith, Jorge Ramos, and Margaret Sullivan, describe their fears and ideas for covering the 2020 election  —  Key figures from major US newspapers, news sites and TV describe their fears about covering this year's election - and ideas on how to get it right
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
The Sigma Awards for outstanding data journalism will replace the Data Journalism Awards that were earlier maintained by the now-defunct Global Editors Network  —  The Sigma Awards for outstanding data journalism will replace the Data Journalism Awards that were previously maintained by the now-defunct Global Editors Network.
Washington Post:
Facebook bans deepfakes, but its new policy may not cover simpler forms of deception like with the distorted Pelosi video  —  Facebook has banned users from posting computer-generated, highly manipulated videos, known as deepfakes, seeking to stop the spread of a novel form of misinformation months …
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
News Corp to sell Unruly, the video advertising platform it acquired for around £115M in 2015, to the ad tech company Tremor International  —  Rebekah Brooks will join the board of Tremor International as part of News Corp's deal to offload Unruly, Sky News learns.  —  City editor @MarkKleinmanSky
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Sports Illustrated staff say they plan to unionize with NewsGuild, raising concerns about direction under Maven; organizers say 90%+ of staff signed petition  —  The staff of Sports Illustrated plans to unionize, it told management on Monday, saying it wants a greater say in the future …
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Portland Press Herald cutting Monday edition before weekends is unusual, but it makes sense as it has fewer ads, lower circulation, and Sunday labor is pricey  —  Those of us who have followed the transition of newspapers from print to free digital and, now, to paid digital have long predicted …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Amazon expands Fire TV Edition to soundbars, car infotainment systems, set-top boxes, and more, and says Fire TV platform now has over 40M MAUs  —  It was only a few months ago that Amazon took the wraps off over 20 new Fire TV devices to fill out its growing portfolio, including a refreshed Fire TV Cube …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Schneps Media, which recently purchased Metro New York and amNew York, to merge both of NYC's free papers under the new name amNewYork Metro starting January 6  —  Fifteen-year-old Metro New York, one of the city's two freebie daily papers, will disappear following the sale of assets to Schneps Media …
BuzzFeed News:
A look at the worldwide industry of PR and marketing firms, which offer disinformation services including fake accounts, false narratives, and pseudo news sites  —  Peng Kuan Chin pulled out his phone, eager to show the future of online manipulation.  —  Unseen servers began crawling the web for Chinese articles and posts.
 
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The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio's Columbus Dispatch to close its production facility, affecting 188 jobs in Columbus, and move production across state lines to Indianapolis
NBC News:
Los Angeles District Attorney says Harvey Weinstein has been charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents in 2013
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VentureBeat:
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Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Iranian ambassador to UK to complain formally about a frontpage article in the Times claiming Iran is prepared to kill UK troops over Suleimani's assassination
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Vice UK had revenues of £17.3M in 2018, down from £25.7M in 2017, with losses of £3.9M, up 75% YoY; Vice UK blames Brexit uncertainty for the growth of losses