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10:35 PM ET, December 2, 2019

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Report for America says it's on pace to place 250 journalists in 164 local newsrooms in 2020, which is four times the size of its 2019 class  —  Efforts to fill local newsrooms are ramping up as the industry continues to face rapid cuts, consolidation and closures.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Trump campaign says it will no longer credential Bloomberg reporters until it rescinds decision to not probe Michael Bloomberg or rival Democratic candidates  —  Trump campaign chairman Brad Parscale announced Monday that they will not be offering press credentials to any reporters of Bloomberg News seeking to cover the Trump campaign.
Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg:
A loophole in Google's political ads policy, which lets advertisers buy spots using their own targeting data, can let campaigns get around microtargeting limits  —  - Campaigns can still target ads on the web using other tools  — Google is changing its ad policy after months of debate
Annalee Newitz / New York Times:
Kate Knibbs / The Ringer:
How Vice's Toronto office ended up being used as the headquarters for a cocaine-smuggling ring, leading to the arrest of two former employees earlier this year  —  In December 2015, five young people were arrested in Australia during a botched drug trafficking attempt.
New York Times:
NYT Editorial Board says Trump's attacks on the media are damaging democracy globally by legitimizing the practice of pretending that facts don't exist  —  “Concocting fake news to attract eyeballs is a habitual trick of America's New York Times, and this newspaper suffered a crisis …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
As TV networks join media conglomerates like Comcast and Disney, news divisions are avoiding investigative stories that pose financial, legal, or political risk  —  This has been the autumn of discontent for investigative TV journalists.  —  Ronan Farrow's bestselling book “Catch and Kill” …
Whitney Phillips / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporters think debunking falsehoods counters them, but bringing facts to light through coverage should be weighed against increasing the exposure of the lies  —  Disinformation is polluting our media environment.  Facts won't save us. … Statements such as these frequently emerge …
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Hearst launches a website encouraging Hearst Magazines staff not to unionize, describing it as “the information they need to make a choice about the union”  —  On Monday morning, employees at Hearst Magazines were treated to an email from Troy Young, the president of the company …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Profile of Bellingcat, the open source project that has broken major stories using public data rather than relying on traditional methods such as inside sources  —  LONDON — Leaked documents and interviews with whistle-blowing sources will always be a part of investigative journalism.
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
South Korean NGO files complaint against Disney alleging Frozen 2 was shown on 88% of local screens on opening day, violating the country's anti-monopoly laws  —  An NGO based in Seoul has alleged that the film occupied 88 percent of local screens on its opening day, violating Korea's anti-monopoly laws.
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BBC:
Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat says he will resign in January, after coming under fire for his handling of the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
 
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Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Alden Global Capital, now the largest shareholder in Tribune, names two representatives to Tribune's board, while agreeing to cap its stake at 33% through June
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Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Following Newsweek's firing of a reporter for writing an inaccurate article about Trump's Thanksgiving Day plans, the editor of the story has been demoted
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
David Pemsel, who was set to leave his job as Guardian CEO in early 2020, stepped down early after messages to a female former Guardian colleague were revealed
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Forbes acquires stock prediction service Quantalytics AI Labs; source: Forbes' non-ad revenue almost doubled from 18% of annual total in 2014 to 33%+ in 2019
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Chairman of UK's News Media Association calls on political parties to end the practice of mimicking local newspapers with their election campaign material
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
Susan Wojcicki on YouTube's stance on political ads, hate speech, conspiracy theories, and if it should be morally responsible for the content it recommends