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1:40 PM ET, December 3, 2018


 Top News: 
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
Rappler's Maria Ressa, charged with tax evasion after coverage critical of Philippine gov't, says she'll surrender to police after an arrest warrant was issued  —  Editor of independent news website Rappler has been released on bail over charges she says are being used to intimidate her
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
CIA intercepts show MbS sent at least 11 Whatsapp messages to his closest advisor, who oversaw the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, before and after the murder  —  Conclusion that Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘probably ordered’ killing relies in part on 11 messages he sent to adviser who oversaw hit squad around time it killed journalist
Canadian activist sues NSO Group, claims its spyware empowered Saudi officials to access WhatsApp messages with Jamal Khashoggi, possibly leading to his killing  —  London (CNN)In his public writings, Jamal Khashoggi's criticism of Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was measured.
Aimee Rinehart / First Draft:
How collaborative verification project in Brazil, Comprova, used WhatsApp for Business API and Zendesk to fact-check ~70K questions during the latest elections  —  First DraftBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing  —  The collaborative journalism project was the first to have special access to one of Brazil's most popular apps
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Poynter
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Oath executives are exploring subscriptions for HuffPost news and Yahoo Sports content after digital ad sales miss revenue targets  —  Oath media unit at the wireless carrier to focus on e-commerce and paid subscriptions to content  —  Verizon Communications Inc.'s VZ 1.43% Oath unit …
Simon Owens / What's New in Publishing:
When BuzzFeed relied on native ads it praised Facebook, but after failing to scale that business, it's now alarmed by Facebook/Google like any other publisher  —  I can't be the only person who was genuinely perplexed by the interview BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti gave to The New York Times last week.
Discussion: The Drum
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Glenn Beck's TheBlaze and Mark Levin's CRTV are to merge, creating a conservative-media entity called Blaze Media which they say will reach 165M people  —  The homes of Glenn Beck and Mark Levin are combining to create Blaze Media, which insiders say will reach 165 million people via television, digital platforms and social media.
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Far-right activist and ex-Breitbart journalist Milo Yiannopoulos is $2M+ in debt, with creditors including his employees and Breitbart writer Allum Bokhari  —  Cache details deterioration in relationship between far right activist and his former Gold Coast-based promoters
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As digital outlets, which became entry points for young journalists after the demise of local newspapers, go under, journalism may lose a generation of talent  —  About five years ago, I was asked to visit the newsroom at Mic, a digital-media start-up backed by venture capital and focused on news for the millennial audience.
Reuters found 70+ websites pushing Iranian propaganda aimed at 15 countries using content with a connection to Tehran-based International Union of Virtual Media  —  LONDON/WASHINGTON A Tehran-based agency has quietly fed propaganda through at least 70 websites to countries from Afghanistan to Russia.
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The Washington Post is adding reporters in West Africa and Brazil from 2019, bringing total number of foreign correspondents to 30 in 22 locations
Nicholas Diakopoulos / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at algorithms that help journalists weed through hype and spin like ClaimBuster, which identifies fact-checkable claims made on air and alerts reporters
Christina Sturdivant Sani / Washington City Paper:
A black journalist on how the underrepresentation of black reporters in D.C. media is leading to non-existent or inaccurate coverage and taking a personal toll
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Profile of The Times-Picayune food team of 3 journalists running which, between its Instagram account and Facebook group, has almost 100K followers
Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed News:
Arkansas school district suspends Har-Ber Herald high school newspaper after a critical article about player transfers to a rival school's football team