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4:35 PM ET, December 7, 2017


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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  —  Paris-based publishing group Webedia has acquired majority control of Creators Media, the L.A.-based company that runs entertainment fan site Movie Pilot …
Discussion: The Wrap
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.
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  —  Winter is coming for digital media, and one of the big casualties is their global expansion.  —  Not long ago, digital media …
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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
 Earlier Picks: 
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
The New York Times sues The Weinstein Company for $230K in unpaid advertising bills
Discussion: Vanity Fair
New York Times:
Editor of The Paris Review, Lorin Stein, resigns amid an internal investigation into his behavior toward female employees and writers
Time Magazine's “Person of the Year” is the Silence Breakers: those who came forward to reveal the entrenched sexual harassment across several industries