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3:45 AM ET, November 27, 2020

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John Bowden / The Hill:
NYT offers free digital subscriptions to all US high school students and teachers until September 2021 as part of a partnership with Verizon  —  The New York Times says it will offer U.S. high school students and teachers free digital subscriptions to the Times's content through next year.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
ViacomCBS to sell publisher Simon & Schuster to Bertelsmann, owner of Penguin Random House, for $2.175B in cash  —  Bertelsmann, owner of publishing giant Penguin Random House, was seen as a logical contender for Simon & Schuster.  ViacomCBS announced its intent to sell the publishing arm …
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Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Book publishing has been consolidating to increase its bargaining power in the face of Amazon's dominance, whose lock on the book business must be addressed  —  In 1960, Dwight Eisenhower's attorney general, William Rogers, read the paper with alarm.  He learned that Random House intended …
Maya Binyam / Columbia Journalism Review:
A deep look at newsroom diversity over the years, and how unions have begun to push for contracts with binding language for diversity in hiring  —  Media companies haven't made newsrooms inclusive.  Can unions?  —  For two decades, from its genesis in the mid-nineties, Vice Media branded itself in the image of the dispossessed.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Sources: Fox producers have been told to avoid booking some regular guests if the latter kept doing Newsmax appearances after being encouraged to stop  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News is taking action to stave off newfound competition from Newsmax TV.  —  Producers on some Fox programs …
Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
An in-depth look at how The Drudge Report changed over the past few years finds it may have become a conduit for ad fraud and some think Drudge left in 2017  —  The Drudge Report has become a conformist shadow of its formerly bratty, oppositional self.  Why?
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Profile of Jennifer Jacobs, a senior political reporter for Bloomberg News, who has come to dominate the White House COVID-19 cases beat  —  Jennifer Jacobs, a senior political reporter for Bloomberg News, has come to dominate this only-in-2020 beat  —  If you want to find …
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Interview with Jonathan Swan, the national political correspondent at Axios, on becoming an internet meme, interviewing Trump, migrating to the Biden beat, more  —  Jonathan Swan, the star national political correspondent at Axios, has built a reputation as one of the most enterprising …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Carole Cadwalladr drops a defense of truth in a libel case brought by Arron Banks, but plans a “robust defense” on public interest grounds in a trial next year  —  Carole Cadwalladr has insisted she will continue to defend her reporting against a libel case brought …
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Sources: Fox agreed to a 7-figure payout to Seth Rich's family in a deal made in time for Fox News President Jay Wallace and Sean Hannity to avoid depositions  —  WASHINGTON — Just as star anchor Sean Hannity and other high-profile Fox News figures were due to be deposed about their promotion …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Actor Faizon Love is suing Universal Studios, claiming executives broke promises after Love was omitted from the international poster for 2009's Couples Retreat  —  Faizon Love was whitewashed from the international marketing for ‘Couples Retreat.’ More than a decade after getting an apology, the actor is suing over what he didn't get.
 
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Leigh-Ann Jackson / New York Times:
A day in the life of Nilay Patel, EIC of The Verge and host of The Vergecast and Decoder podcasts, as he juggles management, creative duties, and remote work
Julian Brave NoiseCat / Columbia Journalism Review:
Examining the challenge of being an Indigenous journalist covering Indigenous people, through the lens of being part of a postapocalyptic community
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
HuffPost staffers worry BuzzFeed may not do much to improve HuffPost's diversity problem, as some BuzzFeed staffers say Peretti is all talk, not enough action
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK publisher Future is acquiring GoCo Group, owner of price comparison site Go Compare, for £594M, and says it had pre-tax profit of £52M in 2020, up 309% YoY
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Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Draft of Australia's news code now includes public broadcasters ABC and SBS, allowing them to receive payments from Google and Facebook for using their content
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
TheLi.st, a 10-year-old social network for women cofounded by Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol, has been sold to New Power Media, headed by Ann Shoket
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it will relaunch account verifications in early 2021 for news; journalists will need to provide at least three recent bylines in qualifying outlets
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: WaPo is nearing 3M digital subscribers, up 50% YoY; NYT has tripled digital-only subscribers since 2016 to 6.1M