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5:55 PM ET, December 3, 2019

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Nic Newman / Nieman Lab:
Reuters report on podcasts finds local news pods flourishing; print and digital outlets focus more on deep dives, as broadcasters tend toward micro-bulletins  —  “The big change is commercial, which is that we had advertisers who started to come to us last year and say …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bloomberg Media is rebranding its social media news network from TicToc to QuickTake by Bloomberg, which will launch its own streaming news channel in 2020  —  Bloomberg Media is dropping TicToc as the name of its two-year-old social-media news service, rebranding it as “QuickTake by Bloomberg.”
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Phone records show calls between journalist John Solomon and Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, while Solomon was posting at The Hill about Ukraine  —  (CNN)Armed with never-before-seen phone records, Democrats on Tuesday accused President Donald Trump's allies of coordinating …
David Gilbert / VICE:
A Facebook employee and content moderators working for subcontractor CPL Resources are suing Facebook for trauma in Ireland's High Court  —  DUBLIN — Sean Burke spent years working for big tech like Cisco and SAP.  But nothing could prepare him for the work he did for Facebook.
Apple:
Apple announces first ever Apple Music Awards with ceremony on December 4; Album of the Year and Song of the Year were determined based on streaming data  —  Billie Eilish Takes Top Honor as Global Artist of the Year  —  Apple Music Celebrates with Global, Live-Streamed Performance …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Report from UK-based charity Article 19: media and digital freedom of expression is lower than a decade ago everywhere but the Middle East and North Africa  —  Freedom of expression has reached a ten-year low around the world, according to new research urging governments to “take action to reverse this trend”.
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Tribune announces a three-year, ~$4M initiative called RevLab, a revenue and training lab, with a starting $2.5M donation from Facebook Journalism Project  —  It's a $4 million, three-year effort to identify sustainability strategies for our industry — a freestanding entity …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Following its ACLU settlement, Facebook says its US ads that involve housing, employment, or credit can't target based on age, gender, ZIP code, or race  —  Under the terms of a a settlement with the ACLU and other civil rights groups earlier this year, Facebook has been taking steps to prevent discriminatory ad targeting.
Steve McClellan / MediaPost:
GroupM reports 6.2% US ad growth in 2019 and forecasts 15% digital ad growth and a 4% overall ad spend rise in 2020, to approximately $253B, minus political ads  —  GroupM is forecasting U.S. ad growth next year of 4% to approximately $253 billion.  That's underlying growth …
Discussion: Digiday, AdExchanger and The Wrap
Lee Taehoon / Nieman Lab:
A look at S. Korean independent nonprofit newsroom Newstapa, whose donor base dropped after it investigated liberal politicians amid improving press freedoms  —  Under a conservative government that restricted press freedom, Newstapa became a favorite of Korean liberals who backed its lonely fight.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Laurel Wamsley / NPR:
Russian law lets state label journalists and bloggers as foreign agents if they get foreign funding or share content from outlets registered as foreign agents  —  The Russian government now has the right to classify individual journalists, bloggers and even social media users as “foreign agents” …
 
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Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Profile of Rana Ayyub, one of India's best-known investigative journalists reporting on Narendra Modi's India amid increasing anti-Muslim bigotry
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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