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12:40 AM ET, January 16, 2020

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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Henry Blodget lays out Insider's growth targets for the next five years: 1M paid subscribers, up from ~200K now, doubling news staff to 1,000, and more  —  Henry Blodget, co-founder and CEO of Business Insider/Insider Inc., summoned his staff last Thursday for a start-of-the-new decade meeting …
BuzzFeed News:
Documents from the Mueller probe show Fox News' Sean Hannity served as a central point of contact and adviser for Trump and allies who were under investigation  —  WASHINGTON — Sean Hannity has never been shy about using his highly rated Fox News show to express his disdain …
Brianna Sacks / BuzzFeed News:
A Michigan reporter wrote that a state senator objectified and humiliated her; the senator has now apologized, and senate leaders called for an investigation  —  “It's so normalized.  You hear something and you don't take the time to say something," Allison Donahue said.
Elaine Low / Variety:
Sources: Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios George Cheeks has stepped down, to succeed Joe Ianniello as the head of CBS within ViacomCBS  —  George Cheeks, vice chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios, has stepped down after nearly eight years with the company and is poised …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Nexstar to launch News Nation, a three-hour primetime nightly national newscast, broadcast from Chicago on the WGN America cable channel, in mid-summer  —  Nexstar Media Group, the nation's largest owner of TV stations, plans to overhaul the primetime lineup of the WGN America cable channel …
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter:
[Thread] HBO to air a documentary in March on “fake news” and the impact of disinformation, directed by Andrew Rossi and executive produced by Brian Stelter  —  HBO just announced something I've been working on for a couple of years: A documentary titled “AFTER TRUTH: DISINFORMATION AND THE COST OF FAKE NEWS.” The film will premiere on TV and online this March. Directed by @a_rossi!
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Some publishers issue multiple versions of textbooks with different narratives of US history in CA and TX, partly due to political pressure from the states  —  TWO STATES.  EIGHT TEXTBOOKS.  TWO AMERICAN STORIES.  —  American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded by partisan politics.
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
For the second year in a row, the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has denied press credentials to a journalist whose writing is critical of its policies  —  FILE - This 2015 file photo provided by Rudicil Photography shows Laura Belin in Windsor Heights, Iowa.
James Vincent / The Verge:
In a Q&A, Jack Dorsey discusses Twitter's thinking around an edit button and says “we'll probably never do it”  —  You've got to live with your mistakes, which include joining Twitter  —  Twitter users have been asking for the option to edit tweets ever since the service launched in 2006 …
 
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Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the broadcaster, to consolidate its distribution businesses in Europe with those in the Middle East and Africa
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Reach, publisher of the UK's Mirror, Express, and Star, expands its hyperlocal news aggregator In Your Area into new regions, creating ten editorial jobs
BBC:
In New Year's speech to staff, Tony Hall says BBC will move more of its news operations out of London, focus on big themes like climate change and AI, and more
Sara Fischer / Axios:
States Newsroom, a nonprofit supporting 14 newsrooms covering state capitals, plans to expand to 20+ new states in 12-18 months; sites have no paywalls or ads
Dawn Rhodes / Chicago Tribune:
Following closure of Tribune's Spanish-language outlet Hoy, DePaul University student newspaper launches La DePaulia, a Spanish-language news site
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Devansh Mehta / International Journalists' Network:
How a citizen journalism platform in India used Bluetooth to distribute news stories via paid messengers' phones in villages with no internet access
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
The Atlantic, which once routinely published fiction from writers including Charles Dickens and Eudora Welty, recommits to regularly publishing short fiction
AllAccess.com:
iHeartMedia announces a restructuring to “modernize operations”, with layoffs affecting on-air hosts, program directors, and others in multiple cities
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: Disney+ was downloaded 30M+ times in the US in Q4 2019, besting TikTok; Disney+ now has 41M+ installs and generated ~$97M in revenue to date
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google says it will phase out support for third-party cookies in Chrome within two years
Joshua Benton / @jbenton:
[Thread] A rebuttal of Lawrence Lessig's newly filed lawsuit against the NYT, in which he alleges that a headline and opening paragraph in a story defames him