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3:06 AM ET, December 15, 2019


 Top News: 
Matt Cohen / Mother Jones:
Sources: Atlantic managers told CityLab staffers that only 7 of 13 full-time staffers and 3 contractors will be rehired after the site's sale to Bloomberg Media  —  Journalism has had a rough year full of layoffs across the country, and Bloomberg Media, the company owned the latest entrant …
Amy X. Wang / Rolling Stone:
Music streaming subscription prices have remained flat for a decade, amid competition from tech giants like Apple that can operate their music arms at a loss  —  The price of music streaming has stayed flat for a decade, but not because tech companies are generous
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The Newseum, an overbuilt edifice and a fine venue for weddings, fell short of its potential to be an educational institution archiving historical newspapers  —  We are taught from an early age not to speak ill of the dead (unless we write obituaries), so I suppose I should hold my tongue about the demise …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Judge rules against The Wrap, which sued The Information for allegedly poaching a reporter, in contrast to this week's Netflix/Fox ruling on the same issue  —  Sharon Waxman falls flat in a poaching suit against The Information just as the entertainment industry witnesses the opposite result in a battle between Fox and Netflix.
Heather Murphy / New York Times:
The Hallmark Channel pulls company's ads showing lesbian brides kissing, citing distraction from network's purpose, after conservative group's targeted campaign  —  A spokesman for the channel said the lesbian couple's P.D.A. violated its policies.  Hallmark did not reject a similar ad featuring an opposite-sex couple.
Soraya Roberts / Longreads:
Canada shows what can happen when the media industry shrinks: staffers are overwhelmingly white, while people of color make up over one fifth of the population  —  I wouldn't call Canada racist.  I'm not being nice when I say that, I'm being polite.  Canadians are like that.
Dave Karpf / MediaWell:
Online disinfo campaigns, whether they sway voters or not, erode the idea that deception has consequences, a concept that presupposes the media's watchdog role  —  What is the sound of a thousand social media bots clapping?  —  For two years, from 2015 to 2017, the Russian Internet Research Agency …
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
CPJ: 30 journalists are in jail worldwide on charges of “fake news”; 65 of the 120 journalists imprisoned on these charges since 1992 were imprisoned after 2012  —  As 2019 draws to a close, there are 30 journalists in jail worldwide on charges of “false news” — or, as it's also called these days, “fake news.”
Discussion: Nieman Lab and @raju
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times names Greg Winter as international managing editor, only the second editor to hold that position at the news organization  —  Greg, who has overseen some of our best award-winning journalism, will continue to focus on the enterprise and investigative journalism, while also steering the daily report.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
YouTube has shut down some channels posing as US news outlets, using sensationalist thumbnails and content primarily from CNN; one had 2M+ views in one weekend  —  Relive your favorite YouTube Moments of 2019  —  New York (CNN Business)YouTube channels posing as American news outlets racked …
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Michael Calderone / Politico:
Over 115 newspaper boards called for Clinton's resignation after the Starr report, while only 6 coastal and national outlets have called for Trump's impeachment
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Apptopia estimates that Disney+ has been downloaded 22M+ times on mobile devices since launch; bundling with Hulu and ESPN has upped downloads of the latter two
Discussion: Quartz
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Gretchen Carlson / New York Times:
Gretchen Carlson calls on Fox to release employees from NDAs they'd been forced to sign: “buying silence instead of stopping harassment is immoral and unjust”
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCU's 42 NBC and Telemundo stations, along with its 9 RSNs, have partnered with TVSquared, which tracks response to ads to determine their effectiveness