January 17th, 2017
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

Before jumping into the news of the day (and learning why Putin's talking to journalists about sex workers) check out the latest blog post from PR pro Jared Goodman: "The rise of the citizen journalist."

We must act with urgency

The quote above comes from the New York Times' 2020 Report titled "Journalism That Stands Apart" which, in the words of Times staffer Carla Correa, "outlines the newsroom's strategy and aspirations."

Journalists at the Times and elsewhere are pulling out choice quotes from the report, like the New York Times' Erin McCann who tweets, "'We write too often in a male executive voice, which tends to push away many readers we should be bringing close.'"

Others are drawing attention to less immediate insights, like Wired's Tim Carmody who points out, "On a per-dollar basis, NYT freelance-written journalism attracts a larger audience than its staff-written journalism."

Fortune's Mathew Ingram notes that "The NYT says it publishes 200 pieces of content a day -- the Washington Post publishes almost 10 times that many."

Elsewhere, data journalist Roberto Rocha of the CBC posted a portion of the report's text that reads, "No newsroom in the world has more journalists who can code," adding, "Attention journalism students. This is a boasting point for the NYT."

And if you're still wondering whether it's worth your time to read an earnest, detailed report straight from journalism's front lines at one of the most storied news organizations in history, Ad Age's George Slefo is here to tell you it's his "favorite read so far in 2017."

In other news:

Phew, I think that's the longest we've gone in months without mentioning Donald J. Trump. Don't get used to it. Bloomberg reports that while Vladimir Putin doesn't believe the president-elect met prostitutes in his country, the Russian leader added (in what Bloomberg's Mike Dorning calls the "QUOTE OF THE DAY") that "ours are undoubtedly the best in world."

According to the New York Times' Robert Pear, you can add the Congressional Budget Office to the chorus of voices predicting that a partial repeal of the ACA/Obamacare as planned "would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year and could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million in 10 years, while causing insurance premiums to double over that time." Greg Dworkin of The Daily Kos says, "um... Republicans? think before act."

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Trump will be inaugurated as the least popular president in at least four decades. There's a lot of data to take in here, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Mike Wereschagin points out one of the poll's more telling statistics: "Three days before his inauguration, 44% of Americans say Trump is qualified to be president & 52% say he is not."

"Dear everybody who pivoted to video to get Facebook revenue, you're screwed. Again." That's Mother Jones' Clara Jeffery, weighing in on the report from Recode's Kurt Wagner that Facebook "looks like it's going to stop paying publishers to make live videos."

"Marla Maples tried to get out of paying a local stylist to do her and Tiffany Trump's inauguration hair," reports Emily Heil of the Washington Post, adding that they were told they'd receive "no free services in exchange for Inauguration Day 'exposure.'"

"We're working with @ProPublica to track and document hate crimes — and you can help!" tweets BuzzFeed's Mark Schoofs, urging followers to check out a new collaboration between newsrooms, called Documenting Hate.

"Trump's megaphone is also his shield," tweets Michael Bender of The Wall Street Journal, linking to a "great read on the isolated new prez" by the Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker.

And finally, amid repeal efforts by Congressional Republicans, the ACA/Obamacare "has never been more popular," according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. "More Americans think Obamacare is a good idea than a bad idea," tweets Judd Legum of ThinkProgress.

Question of the Day

Last week, we asked: On Inauguration Day 2009, Sasha and Malia Obama slid down which banister in the White House? Hint: It was so precious that Barbara and Jenna Bush wrote about it recently.

Answer: No one came up with the correct answer! Let's try this again, shall we?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winner tomorrow!

Featured Journalist: Daniel Phan

Today's featured journalist is Daniel Phan, a "multi-platform freelance journalist and perpetual foreigner seeking a career in Southeast Asia" with bylines at the Sydney Morning Herald and Check out his profiles on Twitter and Muck Rack!

Career Updates
Election hero David Farenthold becomes CNN contributor... and so does Rick Santorum

David Farenthold, whose relentless election reporting for the Washinton Post helped unravel the twisted strands of Donald Trump's various financial obligations and "charities," will become a CNN contributor. Unfortunately for some observers, Farenthold wasn't the only new member announced to CNN's contributor team.

"CNN hired David Farenthold and Rick Santorum today, so we're back to zero," tweets the Guardian's Sam Thielman.

Elsewhere in Cablenewsland, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post reports that erstwhile CNN contributor and self-proclaimed Islamaphobe Bob Beckel is returning to Fox News' program "The Five."

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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