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7:35 PM ET, December 7, 2017

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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
MSNBC President Phil Griffin says network has rehired contributor Sam Seder and that it was wrong to discontinue his contract after controversy over 2009 tweet  —  Progressive radio and television personality Sam Seder will be offered his MSNBC contributor job back and plans to accept, according to multiple MSNBC sources.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times says it now has 3.5M+ subscribers, 130M monthly readers, and is creating three new newsroom roles which will be focused on growing audience  —  The newsroom is redoubling its focus on audience and establishing three new leadership positions that will play central roles …
Columbia Journalism Review:
Content analysis of The New York Times amid 2016 campaign shows emphasis on scandal coverage over policy stories, particularly focusing on Clinton's emails  —  Since the 2016 presidential election, an increasingly familiar narrative has emerged concerning the unexpected victory of Donald Trump.
Michael Calderone / Politico:
ABC's Senior Executive Producer for investigative reporting, Chris Vlasto, shared proprietary polling data with Trump's campaign during election night  —  Chris Vlasto gave Trump adviser David Bossie proprietory exit polling on Election Night.  —  ABC News said it has reprimanded …
RELATED:
Michael Calderone / @mlcalderone:   In the weeks following the election, Chris Vlasto was in consideration for a senior communications job in Trump's White House
Associated Press:
A profile of Omar Mohammed, a formerly anonymous undercover historian and blogger who documents ISIS' activities in Mosul on the blog Mosul Eye  —  The historian carried secrets too heavy for one man to bear.  He packed his bag with his most treasured possessions before going to bed …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Patreon says it will reduce pledge fee from 5% to 2.9% but add a $0.35 charge for each individual pledge, causing concern among some creators  —  Patreon announced a new service fee policy that it says will help creators keep more money, but many are worried because they believe it will instead discourage their patrons from pledging.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Fusion Media Group signs deal to work with Grupo Televisa on cable channel Fusion MX; Televisa will also launch Mexican editions of Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jezebel  —  Televisa to launch Mexican editions of former Gawker websites  —  Fusion MX to make Spanish programming for 14 million homes
Discussion: Forbes and Media Moves
Columbia Journalism School:
Netflix and Ava DuVernay among 2018 duPont award winners, for documentary “13th”; Reveal podcast, This American Life, and ABC News also pick up awards  —  CBS News and PBS each win two Awards; Netflix honored  —  New York, N.Y., December 7, 2017 — Columbia Journalism School today announced …
Lauren Etter / Bloomberg:
How Philippine's President Duterte utilized Facebook, used by 97% of Filipino internet users, to spread his message before weaponizing it to target dissent  —  Rodrigo Duterte walked down the aisle of a packed auditorium at De La Salle University in downtown Manila, shaking hands and waving …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube to introduce paid, on-demand streaming music service in March; Warner has signed on, talks continue with Sony, Universal, and Merlin  —  Warner has signed on, talks underway with Sony, Universal  —  Artists asked to help promote service, internally called Remix
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Brian Sullivan named president and COO of Fox Networks Group, succeeding Randy Freer, who became CEO of Hulu last month  —  Brian Sullivan has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group.  —  Sullivan succeeds Randy Freer, who was named CEO of Hulu last month.
Discussion: The Wrap and FierceCable
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
In a BBC interview, The Guardian's Editor Kath Viner says that the paper will print in tabloid size from January 15 and will break even in 2018  —  Guardian editor Kath Viner has said the newspaper will print in tabloid size from 15 January, dropping its existing Berliner proportions.
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Paris-based Webedia acquires majority control of Creators Media, which runs the entertainment-focused Movie Pilot fan site and Super News video channel
Discussion: The Wrap
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
As news outlets grapple with 2017's tough ad market, they're now downsizing their international offices and scaling back plans for global expansion
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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Online giants, like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, need to be realistic about content on their platforms, rather than assuming most posts will conform to rules
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Robert Iger is likely to extend tenure as Disney CEO past 2019; talks continue on deal to acquire 21st Century Fox assets valued about $40B