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8:55 AM ET, December 17, 2018


 Top News:
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 …
Washington Post:
Leaked report prepared for Senate analyzes Russian disinformation that supported Trump across millions of posts on YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, more  —  The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to analyze the millions of posts provided …
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 …
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 …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
How Netflix aims to disrupt films after shaking up TV: opening in theaters briefly to qualify for Oscars and spending big on talent and quantity, ~90 films/year  —  As hundreds of movie buffs waited in line to see Alfonso Cuarón's “Roma” at the Telluride Film Festival in August …
Deborah Haynes / Sky News:
Latvia's Foreign Ministry has raised concerns with the UK over “hardcore propaganda” broadcast by two Russian-language TV channels registered in London  —  Latvia has raised concerns with Britain over what one diplomat described as “hardcore propaganda” against the UK …
Amanda Loviza / Online Journalism Blog:
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
When actor Geoffrey Rush sued Murdoch's Nationwide News over a sexual harassment story, the company publicly identified the alleged victim in a court filing  —  Why Yael Stone is terrified to talk about Geoffrey Rush.  —  Ms. Weiss is a writer and editor for the Opinion section.  —  Yael Stone is scared.
Ruma Paul / Reuters:
Ahead of a general election next month, journalists in Bangladesh say they are living in fear of ever-tightening media laws and are engaging in self-censorship  —  Ruma Paul, Serajul Quadir, Zeba Siddiqui  —  DHAKA (Reuters) - With less than a month to go to a general election …
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+.
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Inside Rupert Murdoch's deal that brought Fox, a second-tier network in 1993, into the US mainstream: heavily outbidding CBS on NFL TV rights and hiring Madden  —  An oral history of the most important deal in sports TV history, when Rupert Murdoch and Fox stole the NFL and John Madden …
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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
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
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
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Committee to Protect Journalists:
Nicaraguan police raid independent news outlet Confidencial, taking away documents, computers, and TV cameras