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2:40 PM ET, December 19, 2016


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J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Reporters who attended Trump's off-the-record briefing on Sunday evening receive Twitter backlash for posing for a photo with the President-elect  —  On Sunday night, President-elect Donald Trump held a 30-minute, off-the-record chat with his press pool inside his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, FL.
Cyra Master / The Hill:
Trump held a 30-minute off-the-record meeting with the press Sunday evening, at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, more than 140 days after his last press conference  —  held an off-the-record conversation with reporters on Sunday evening.  —  While the topics of conversation were not reported …
Knight Foundation:
For the next month until January 19, 2017, the Knight Foundation will match donations from individuals to non-profit news orgs, up to a total of $1.5M  —  The Knight News Match is a call to action for everyone who believes in quality, trustworthy, in-depth journalism and the role nonprofit …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ annual report: at least 48 journalists killed in relation to their work in 2016, with outstanding questions about 27 other cases  —  Also Available in Español, , Français, Português, , Türkçe  —  Deadly violence against the media eased in 2016 …
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Sources: Jane Pratt, founder of xoJane and xoVain, is leaving Time Inc.; sites will redirect to, though Pratt is seeking investors for properties  —  Pratt will leave the company by the end of the year, as she looks to find a suitor for xoJane and xoVain.  —
New York Magazine:
New York Magazine offers a premium subscription for $9.99/month or $99/year, offering readers email newsletters, invites to events, private Instagram feed, more  —  New York Magazine today announced the launch of New York by New York, a premium membership program that offers insider access …
Discussion: @joepompeo, @jyarow and @noahchestnut
Tanzina Vega / CNNMoney:
How newsrooms can foster diversity by hiring outside of obvious silos, developing talent from within, confronting internal biases, and more  —  Hollywood inequality is a top down problem  —  On Sunday, the New York Times public editor Liz Spayd wrote a column that cut deep to the bone …
Liz Spayd / New York Times:
The New York Times' newsroom is mostly white, suggesting diversity has not been a priority; Dean Baquet says he's committed to change
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
November's election and Trump's attacks on media fuel support for trusted, verified journalism  —  The answer to all the troubling new questions about the future of the news business — how to make money, stop the spread of fake news and reassert a uniform view of reality …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Newspapers failed to compete with Craigslist on price and product quality  —  It's fun to beat up on Craig Newmark for the end of classifieds, but papers were greedy, too.  —  The journalistic world's sniping at Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, recommenced yesterday after he announced …
Discussion: @michaelkruse
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter: report: Facebook sends publishers 37% of all referral traffic, down from 41.7% a year ago, while Google sends 32%, down from 39.5%  —  Bad news for publishers who built their strategy on search engine referral traffic: Google is now sending a smaller proportion of visitors to news sites than it did a year ago.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has proposed criminalizing fake news with a new pro-censorship law sure to be abused
Alex Weprin / Politico:
Newsroom memo: New York Times political reporter Michael Barbaro moves to a new role on the paper's audio team, will debut new project in 2017
Discussion: @mikiebarb and @mlcalderone
Maciej Martewicz / Bloomberg:
Amid protests, Poland's ruling party promises to re-open talks about strict media regulations for covering parliament, which were to start January 1
Discussion: BBC and CNN
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Investigation finds the site responsible for the “Pope endorses Trump” hoax is part of network that created hundreds of hoaxes on celebs moving to various towns