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6:20 PM ET, December 16, 2018

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TMZ.com:
Colin Kroll, the CEO, co-founder of HQ Trivia and co-founder of Vine, has died at 34; police source says a drug overdose is suspected  —  Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, has died of an apparent drug overdose ... TMZ has learned.  —  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ …
Louisiana State University:
Study shows that combination of articles defending journalism and fact-checking increased readers' trust in the media while fact-checking articles alone did not  —  Baton Rouge, LA - In a first-of-its-kind study from Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication …
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
Reuters Institute:
Analysis of 760 articles on AI in six UK news outlets finds 33% of sources were from the industry, ~2x more than from academia, and 6x more than from government  —  As industry, government, and academia invest in various forms of artificial intelligence, many believe that these rapidly developing technologies …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Q&A with Le Monde's CEO Louis Dreyfus on its surging digital subscriptions and Skyline, an advertising alliance with Le Figaro, which generated €5M in 10 months  —  This article appears in the latest issue of Digiday magazine, a quarterly publication that is part of Digiday+.
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 …
Mike Caulfield / Nieman Lab:
Despite confirmation bias, teaching media literacy works, and it helps mitigate the small mistakes that lead media consumers to radicalization  —  A few days ago, YouTube star Pewdiepie recommended his 75 million subscribers follow a YouTube account that was associated with promoting alt-right and anti-Semitic content.
Discussion: @niemanlab
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 …
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 the vacuum  —  The news industry these past few years has been a middle schooler with low self-esteem, trailing around after the popular kids at Facebook …
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 …
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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
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
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
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
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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
Discussion: Multichannel News
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