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9:40 AM ET, December 19, 2017


 Top News: 
ESPN President John Skipper has resigned, citing a substance addiction; George Bodenheimer is taking over as acting chairman of the company  —  John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks on Monday.  —  George Bodenheimer, ESPN's president …
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Washington City Paper says staff salaries will be cut by 40% starting January 1 as owner struggles to find a buyer; staff expect pay to fall below $30K a year  —  Staff expect their pay to drop below $30,000 a year, which a source describes as “unlivable.”  —  Employees of Washington City Paper …
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Leaked documents: before sale Mashable lost $4.2M in three months through September, was set to miss revenue targets, and relied heavily on digital advertising  —  - Mashable was in deep trouble financially before it sold for far below its one-time valuation of $US250 million, according to documents reviewed by Business Insider.
Discussion: @jason_kint and Business Insider
Katherine Goldstein / Vox:
Sexual harassment and lack of institutional support has driven some female journalists out of the industry, like ex-Washington Post intern Kate Havard  —  “I was someone who could have gone somewhere.”  —  “Damn, you look hot today.”  —  It was 2013.  Kate Havard was a reporting intern …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Telegraph to focus on gaining registered readers rather than mass-reach audience numbers and invest in editorial staff, newsletters, and events  —  The Telegraph wants to grow its registered readers to 10 million.  The goal is to shift away from valuing mass-reach audience numbers …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
The Atlantic to launch a metered paywall in January, which will let readers access 10 free articles per month  —  By putting up a metered paywall in January, the Atlantic joins a raft of publications that are launching paid products online  —  Nearly 10 years ago, the Atlantic tore …
RJ Vogt / McSweeney's:
Former Myanmar Times reporter details the censorship that ruined the paper during his 15 months there  —  The following is a piece by RJ Vogt excerpted from McSweeney's Issue 51.  In light of the distressing recent arrests of journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Myanmar …
Myanmar government says case against Reuters journalists accused of violating Official Secrets Act can proceed
Filip Struhárik:
Facebook's Explore Feed test led to a 52% drop in interactions for Slovakian mainstream news sites, but only a 29% drop for disinformation sites  —  Five things we learned when Facebook's Explore Feed destroyed our organic reach.  —  Two months ago, Facebook launched major “reach-killing” …
Facebook clamps down on “engagement bait”, or requests for Likes/shares, by demoting them in the News Feed; publishers will see diminished reach within weeks
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Twitter's new policies on violence, abuse, and hateful conduct do not apply to military or govt entities, appearing to provide a loophole for Trump's tweets  —  Policies now extend to hateful imagery and to conduct both on platform and off  —  Twitter says it will now begin enforcing …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Bloomberg launches TicToc, a 24-hour news channel only on Twitter that combines live video, reported segments, and a curated Twitter stream  —  For for the first time in several years, we can say without irony that Twitter appears to have a slight wind at its back.
Pew Research Center:
43% of national news posted on Facebook by members of Congress were links to outlets shared mostly by one party; Dems 2x as likely to share news after election  —  Partisan and ideological divides shape which news outlets legislators share links to on Facebook  —  Methodological note
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
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Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Condé Nast representative confirms more layoffs are coming to the company but would not confirm the exact number
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube's subscription service, YouTube Red, has cancelled the release of Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me sequel following his sexual abuse confessions
Discussion: VideoInk
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS will expand its video streaming hub, CBSN, in 2018, following a 17% increase in viewers watching the network via streaming over the past year
Discussion: FierceCable
ABC News:
On Good Morning America, Tavis Smiley says PBS suspended him for having consensual relationships with employees but insists he never sexually harassed anyone
Martin Belam / The Guardian:
Twitter is facing criticism after suspending the account of prominent Egyptian journalist and campaigner Wael Abbas for unspecified reasons
Discussion: RT and Wael Abbas