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6:00 PM ET, December 20, 2015


 Top News: 
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
GateHouse ordered Las Vegas Review-Journal to scrutinize local judges before sale of paper; one judge is involved in Adelson casino wrongful termination suit  —  Judge in Adelson lawsuit subject to unusual scrutiny amid Review-Journal sale  —  Just over a month before Sheldon Adelson's family …
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Washington Post “What was fake on the Internet this week” column ends because readers who share hoax stories aren't convinced by debunking  —  What was fake on the Internet this week: Why this is the final column  —  There is nothing — NOTHING — too crazy for the Internet hoax beat.
Bloomberg Business:
Star Wars sets record for largest opening weekend, with $238M earned in US and Canada, and $517M worldwide  —  ‘Star Wars’ Soars With Record-Breaking $238 Million Debut  —  Anousha Sakoui and Christopher Palmeri  —  “Chewie, we're home.”  —  Han Solo's line in the new “Stars Wars” …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan will depart in 2016  —  Margaret Sullivan will conclude her tenure as public editor of The New York Times when her four-year contract expires in eight months, she told Poynter today.  —  “Yes, I am headed into the home stretch of my four-year term,” she said in an email.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ofcom study: 31% in UK read print newspaper to keep informed, down from 41% 2014, making newspapers the least popular medium for news  —  Newspapers now the least popular medium for news, says Ofcom study  —  Just 31% of the UK population read a newspaper to get their current affairs fix, down 10 points on 2014 figure
Discussion: @stuartrowson
Nicola Clark / New York Times:
Axel Springer executives talk about digital transformation, learning from Silicon Valley, international plans, investments in Business Insider, Airbnb, more  —  An Old-Media Empire, Axel Springer Reboots for the Digital Age  —  BERLIN — When Mathias Döpfner, chief executive of Axel Springer …
Discussion: @petersterne and @jeffjarvis
Rex Sorgatz / Nieman Lab:
Podcasting will continue to push into the mainstream with better experience, content, and revenue  —  The podcasting scene will explode  —  Some media analysts see a bubble poised to burst; others, incremental growth.  I see something more radical: a complete regime change in the audio landscape.
Discussion: @jeremysliew, @gnarmac and @drew
Alastair Reid / Nieman Lab:
Eyewitness accounts to become more important in newsgathering and verification, with organizations devoting more time and resources to social media  —  A new dawn in social newsgathering  —  When social media users and mobile devices already outnumber the global population …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Michele Norris leaving NPR, expanding her Race Card Project  —  Michele Norris, a mainstay of NPR for the past 13 years, is saying farewell to the public radio powerhouse.  —  Norris said in an interview that she will devote more time to The Race Card Project, her award-winning effort …
Discussion: Politico
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
BBC launches automated voiceover technology to publish video news in multiple languages  —  The BBC on Wednesday announced a “virtual voiceover” technology pilot, “Today in Video,” to transmit short video news packages in multiple languages, “using automatic translation and synthetic voice technology.”
Discussion: Ars Technica UK
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Knight Foundation to donate $140K to PolitiFact to fact-check political posts on Medium during presidential election  —  The Knight Foundation Funds PolitiFact to Fact-check Political Posts on Medium  —  The publishing platform Medium is getting a cash infusion from the John S …
Discussion: Poynter
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
MediaFinder report: in US and Canada, only 96 magazines launched in 2015, down 35% from 148 in 2014  —  Magazine launches plunge in 2015  —  A cautious industry unveiled few new magazines in 2015.  The good news: Not many folded  —  The year in print is ending on a down note …
Discussion: @crainsnewyork
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Stephen Heyman / Slate:
UK's Waterstones, which reached profitability again after cutting staff and increasing autonomy, could serve as a model to save Barnes & Noble
Discussion: @mariskreizman and Bookseller News
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre's 2015 pay falls nearly 40% to £1.48M as he moves to long-term incentive pay scale
David Wallis / The New York Observer:
Q&A with Hearst president David Carey on cross-cultural challenges, media startups, and rivalry with Condé Nast
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James Cusick / The Independent:
UK chancellor George Osborne met twice with Rupert Murdoch before deciding on £650M cut to BBC budget
Discussion: @harryslaststand and @dangillmor
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Guggenheim Media Spins Off Money-Losing Hollywood Reporter, Billboard to Company President Todd Boehly
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Relaunches as Amblin Partners

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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The House passes a TikTok divestiture bill with a longer sale deadline as part of a package of Ukraine/Israel aid bills, pressuring the Senate to vote on TikTok

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President Biden signs the bill reauthorizing FISA's Section 702, extending the controversial warrantless surveillance program through 2026

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