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3:30 AM ET, December 5, 2016


 Top News: 
Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:
Snapchat avoids the fake news epidemic by vetting publishers who appear in Discover, hiring human editors for Live Stories, and limiting re-sharing  —  Being a control freak pays off.  “It's impossible for somebody to go rogue in Discover.”  —  Facebook emerged during the U.S. election …
Susan B. Glasser / The Brookings Institution:
Political reporting has become better, faster, and more competitive in the last 30 years, but the new flood of information may be drowning us  —  Journalism has never been better, thanks to these last few decades of disruption.  So why does it seem to matter so little?  Reflections on the media in the age of Trump.
Merissa Marr / Columbia Journalism Review:
Three years after launch, The Information has a reporting staff of 10, is cash-flow positive, and juggles a closed-club feel with aggressive reporting  —  On the astro-turfed rooftop of a SoHo penthouse this summer, a mix of tech executives, investors, and B-list celebrities sipped Champagne …
Discussion: @tomgara
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
The editor in chief of Melbourne's The Age, Mark Forbes, resigns following accusations of sexual harassment  —  Forbes was stood down on Friday as Fairfax Media investigated a complaint that he groped a reporter at a music awards event  —  The editor-in-chief of the Age, Mark Forbes …
Discussion: The Age and iMediaEthics
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Oklahoma-based investigative news site The Tulsa Frontier ditches $30 per month paywall, becomes a nonprofit  —  The Oklahoma-based investigative site had about 750 subscribers paying $30 a month.  —  The Tulsa Frontier launched in 2015 in an attempt to take a different approach to local news.
Pandora's stock up 16% on reports of a possible sale; sources say Sirius XM approached the company again and Pandora has reached out to other potential suitors  —  Board hasn't responded to new engagement from Greg Maffei  —  Pandora advisers have begun soliciting interest from buyers
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Corey Lewandowski, Trump's informal adviser and potential employee, says NYT editor Dean Baquet should be in jail for publishing Trump's tax documents  —  Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's first campaign manager, said Thursday that New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet “should be in jail” …
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
Automated placement of online advertising complicates brands' efforts to disassociate from Breitbart News and fake news sites  —  The Vanguard Group does its best to stay away from politics when advertising, going so far as to have a policy against marketing on overtly partisan websites.
Discussion: @sapna, NPR and Little Green Footballs
Ben Sullivan / Motherboard:
The Free Press Action Fund wants money raised through the sale of public TV spectrum to be spent on community media and local journalism  —  As society gulps down more and more digital services, it's also rapidly moving away from consuming media via traditional television channels.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump surrogates' disdain for facts should not be surprising but requires vigilance from reporters and a re-reading of Orwell
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC reaches preliminary conclusion that AT&T is violating net neutrality with DirecTV data cap exemption, asks AT&T to respond by December 15
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Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Sources: Facebook is working on Collections, a feature to showcase lists of curated content from publishers directly in the News Feed