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5:15 AM ET, December 12, 2018

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Verizon's declining focus on media has been apparent for a while, signaled by the departure of executives who bought AOL and Yahoo and combined them into Oath  —  And Verizon investors seem fine with that.  —  It was easy to predict that Verizon would end up regretting the $10 billion or so that it had invested in AOL and Yahoo.
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Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Verizon has slashed the value of its AOL and Yahoo acquisition by $4.6B, says a tough ad market has led to a shortfall in revenue and profit  —  Verizon Communications Inc. slashed the value of its AOL and Yahoo acquisitions by $4.6 billion, conceding that tough competition for digital advertising …
Edward Felsenthal / Time:
Time Magazine awards its Person of the Year honor to Jamal Khashoggi, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, imprisoned Reuters journalists, and Capital Gazette staff  —  On the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, two young reporters sit in a prison said to be “the darkest hellhole in Burma.”
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Writers and editors at Slate vote 52-1 in favor of strike action, as they demand better diversity policies and removal of “right-to-work” clause  —  - Outlet's editorial staff authorize walkout by 52 to 1 vote  — Company's “right-to-work” stance riles its employees
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
A study sponsored by Creative Artists Agency and shift7 shows the top movies from 2014 to 2017 starring women earned more than movies led by men  —  “Trolls.”  “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”  “Moana.”  “Inside Out.”  “Wonder Woman.”  All were global box-office hits that had women in leading roles.
Linley Sanders / Teen Vogue:
Profiles of nonprofit news outlets Borderzine, Flint Beat, and The Colorado Independent, run by young women reporting local news that reflects their experiences  —  When Irais Urias reads headlines about the Mexican border, they don't often match her experience as a young Latinx woman who lives …
Washington Post:
How Russia sowed doubt after Sergei Skripal's poisoning using dozens of false narratives and conspiracy theories in Russian news outlets and on social media  —  The initial plan was a Cold War classic — brutal yet simple.  Two Russian agents would slip onto the property of a turncoat spy …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Latest recommendations for EU's Article 13 seek to appease both the legacy copyright industries and tech companies without actually addressing key concerns  —  As we've been discussing the “Trilogue” negotiations between the EU Commission, EU Council and EU Parliament over the EU's Copyright Directive …
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
Memo: Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the Today show after eleven years to focus on film, music, and book projects  —  NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim announced this morning that Kathie Lee Gifford has decided to exit Today show, where she has hosted the final hour of the four-hour franchise since 2008.
Joe Parkin Daniels / The Guardian:
Colombian journalism project, Colombia 2020, which launched in early 2016 with EU funding, aims to report on the transition to peace from war in the country  —  Reporting was restricted by the remoteness of the war zones and the military's control of access.  Peace is allowing a new approach
Discussion: @llombartpatue
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a lawsuit on Monday against CNN, the Huffington Post, and Rolling Stone, claiming they falsely portrayed his criminal record  —  Joe Arpaio will not stand idly by as the media paints him as a felon.  —  Former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff and Senate candidate Arpaio …
Discussion: @danielpmcdermot
 
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Mike Barnes / Hollywood Reporter:
Mark Morrison, a West Coast entertainment journalist who helped launch the publication InStyle in 1994, has died aged 69
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Vox Media's sports site SB Nation drops writer Ian Kidd after learning he was convicted of possessing child pornography in September 2018
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journalism.columbia.edu:
Columbia Journalism School announces the winners of the 2019 duPont awards; 12 of the 16 reporting teams recognized were led by women