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5:40 PM ET, December 3, 2021


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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
White supremacists urge supporters to use Twitter's updated Private Information Policy against journalists and activists who identify them in photos of rallies  —  Researchers fear the new ban on posts sharing people's private information will be ‘emboldening to the fascists’ eager to keep their identities concealed.
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists and activists worry Twitter's new privacy policy will be weaponized and make their jobs harder, due to vague terms like “the public interest”  —  On Tuesday, Twitter said it is expanding its privacy policy to include what the company calls “private media.”
New York Times:
BuzzFeed will go public via a merger with 890 5th Avenue Partners, raising $16M from the SPAC and $150M via debt and acquiring Complex Networks for $300M  —  Shareholders in BuzzFeed, the digital media pioneer known for its listicles, quizzes and a news division that won its first Pulitzer Prize this year …
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
BuzzFeed News' union holds a walkout after two years of contract negotiations, as shareholders approve a plan to take the company public via a SPAC
Heather Landy / @heatherlandy:
[Thread] Crediting a move by The Verge, Quartz updates “off the record” and “on background” rules, noting no conversation is on background until Quartz agrees  —  Quartz updated its guidance today on the conditions under which our journalists will talk to people off the record or on background. H/t to @TheVerge for recognizing/publicizing some of the confounding new practices of tech sector PR people, which necessitate a fresh look at this
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
A Philippine court lets Maria Ressa travel to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize after the government blocked her; she still needs two more courts to approve  —  The decision came after days of growing international pressure on the government to allow the journalist to attend the ceremony in Norway.
Univision launches Noticias Univision 24/7, the first news streaming channel on its streaming service PrendeTV  —  Noticias Univision 24/7 is Now Reporting Live on PrendeTV  —  Over 100 Univision Newsroom Jobs Announced in October Have Been Filled Throughout the U.S.
Isaac McIntyre / Dexerto:
YouTube suspends streamer Ludwig Ahgren days after his publicized move from Twitch; Ahgren blames DMCA notices for listening to Baby Shark while streaming  —  The 26-year-old has been the talk of the streaming world these past few days, after he signed an exclusive streaming deal with Twitch arch-rivals YouTube.
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Martin Clarke, DMG Media publisher and CEO/EIC of MailOnline and, is leaving at the end of February 2022 after 12 years  —  “I wanted to pursue new challenges,” the MailOnline boss wrote in announcing his exit from the digital tabloid.  —  MailOnline's publisher …
Lindsay Kornick / Fox News:
NYT is reviewing a Wirecutter editor's tweets and voicemails she allegedly sent to a gun rights group about their press release after the Oxford school shooting  —  Erin Marquis: 'Aren't you just a bit worried that there might be a hell?'  —  Michigan school shooting survivor remembers the victims: We are one family
Shraddha Chakradhar / Nieman Lab:
Inaugural diversity survey of 209 Canadian newsrooms finds nearly 80% have no Black or Indigenous staff; 52.7% of staff identify as women and 74.9% as white  —  Almost half of all newsrooms in Canada have only white people on staff, and nearly 80% of all newsrooms don't have any Black or Indigenous journalists on staff.
Columbia Journalism Review:
A proposal to protect democracy by safeguarding local journalism: provide ~$34B in federal funds to nonprofit news outlets, allocated based on local votes  —  Readers of the Columbia Journalism Review are well aware of the importance of local news media; they have been the foundation …
Austin Huguelet / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Lee Enterprises says Alden's notice to nominate three board candidates is invalid and that the deadline for 2022 board nominations has since passed  —  ST. LOUIS — The owner of the Post-Dispatch on Friday rejected a prospective buyer's attempt to nominate three new board members next year, citing procedural flaws in its filing.
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Associated Press:
Ogden Newspapers acquires Swift Communications' local newspapers in the US West; the deal is set to close on December 31
Carlos Greer / New York Post:
Ex-Shape staffers say they worked 375 unpaid overtime hours on the new Sweet July magazine, were laid off, and then asked to return as temps for the next issue