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1:55 AM ET, December 16, 2018

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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Shutting down the Weekly Standard is an intellectual and political crime that enables its parent company to harvest its subscriber base for another publication  —  The Weekly Standard will be no more.  There is no real reason we are witnessing the magazine's demise other than deep pettiness …
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The Weekly Standard will publish its last edition on December 17 and shut down after 23 years
Mandy Jenkins / Nieman Lab:
In 2019, journalists should not abandon social media because billions of people still use it and fake news makers and trolls will gladly fill vacuums  —  The news industry these past few years has been a middle schooler with low self-esteem, trailing around after the popular kids at Facebook …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Nicaraguan police raid independent news outlet Confidencial, taking away documents, computers, and TV cameras  —  Nicaraguan police last night broke into one of the country's few remaining independent news organizations and hauled away documents, computers, and TV cameras …
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the harsh negotiating tactics used by Jones Day, a law firm hired by media companies like WaPo and NPR to negotiate with media unions  —  In May, the law firm Jones Day hosted a conference in its Manhattan office focused on labor and employment law in the news media industry.
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Q&A with Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism, the decline of scoops and how Twitter has made journalists dumber, meaner, and more reactive  —  Klein says Twitter has made journalists dumber, meaner and more reactive.  —  On the latest episode of Recode Decode …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
How Bob Bakish turned around Viacom by focusing on content, diversifying into digital programming and live experiences, expanding to India and UK, more  —  Bob Bakish was days into his job as CEO of Viacom in late 2016 when he began convening meetings with senior executives to execute …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: China approves the release of more US films to meet its goal of 60B yuan in 2018 ticket sales; ticket sales for US movies in China are down 20% YoY  —  - Year-end window opened again to imports in bid to boost sales  — Film authorities also responding to pressure from Hollywood
Discussion: @lucas_shaw
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
CBS launches local news streaming service, CBSN, which will stream coverage from major markets served by CBS's owned and operated stations, starting in New York  —  CBSN New York offers local news from CBS 2 and WLNY  —  CBS Television Stations and CBS Interactive have launched …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Washington Post:
As digital media faces bigger hurdles, PitchBook numbers show investors on track to close 19 deals worth $130M in 2018; they closed 27 deals worth $206M in 2014  —  Sites' reliance on Facebook, Google seen as a contributing factor.  —  As legacy news companies suffered tremors over the past decade …
Discussion: @peterchoran
 
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Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
The LA Times to produce a one hour prime-time news TV series for Charter's Spectrum News 1 channel, starting in February and airing Monday through Thursday
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Amazon makes NBA League Pass package available through Amazon's Prime Video Channels, offering regular-season out-of-market games for $29/month or $169 a season
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS will award $20M of the $120M earmarked for Les Moonves's severance package to 18 organizations that work to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Sources say that negotiations between Tribune and McClatchy ended mainly because McClatchy was offering $16.50/share and Tribune wants at least $18/share
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Literary Hub:
Literary magazine Tin House will cease print publication in June 2019, but online edition will remain
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Nexstar settles with DOJ over the sharing of ad price rates among TV station owners that let them manipulate prices; six other groups settled last month
New York Times:
Behind the secret $9.5M CBS settlement with actress Eliza Dushku, who was written off the show Bull after her complaints about star Michael Weatherly's comments
Tom Winter / NBC News:
Source: Trump was present in August 2015 when National Enquirer's David Pecker met with Michael Cohen and offered to help suppress stories about Trump and women