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9:00 AM ET, December 3, 2018


 Top News: 
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
Rappler's Maria Ressa, charged with tax evasion after coverage critical of Philippine gov't, says she'll surrender to police after an arrest warrant was issued  —  Editor of independent news website Rappler has been released on bail over charges she says are being used to intimidate her
Canadian activist sues NSO Group, claims its spyware empowered Saudi officials to access WhatsApp messages with Jamal Khashoggi, possibly leading to his killing  —  London (CNN)In his public writings, Jamal Khashoggi's criticism of Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was measured.
Hollywood Reporter:
Nexstar confirms it is acquiring Tribune Media Co. for $4.1B; the deal will make it the biggest operator of local TV stations in the US  —  The deal, worth $6.4 billion when including debt, will make the company the largest operator of local U.S. television stations.
Discussion: Variety, Reuters and
Aimee Rinehart / First Draft:
How collaborative verification project in Brazil, Comprova, used WhatsApp for Business API and Zendesk to fact-check ~70K questions during the latest elections  —  First DraftBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing  —  The collaborative journalism project was the first to have special access to one of Brazil's most popular apps
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Poynter
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
Fox Broadcasting Company and National Geographic are investigating Cosmos series host Neil deGrasse Tyson over allegations of sexual misconduct by three women  —  Fox Broadcasting Company and National Geographic are investigating astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson …
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Oath executives are exploring subscriptions for HuffPost news and Yahoo Sports content after digital ad sales miss revenue targets  —  Oath media unit at the wireless carrier to focus on e-commerce and paid subscriptions to content  —  Verizon Communications Inc.'s VZ 1.43% Oath unit …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Profile of The Times-Picayune food team of 3 journalists running which, between its Instagram account and Facebook group, has almost 100K followers  —  The Times-Picayune has its own Instagram account with more than 56,000 followers.  It has a Facebook group, too, with more than 42,500 members.
Nicholas Diakopoulos / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at algorithms that help journalists weed through hype and spin like ClaimBuster, which identifies fact-checkable claims made on air and alerts reporters  —  Does Palestine pay $350 million a year to terrorists and their families?  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested …
Christina Sturdivant Sani / Washington City Paper:
A black journalist on how the underrepresentation of black reporters in D.C. media is leading to non-existent or inaccurate coverage and taking a personal toll  —  Black journalists are underrepresented in D.C. newsrooms.  That's a problem for everyone.  —  As a black journalist …
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Fairfax and Nine merger restructuring to lead to 92 redundancies before the new business is formed December 10, with a total of 144 positions going away  —  Chief executive Hugh Marks says redundancies are spread across both media companies following merger
Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed News:
Arkansas school district suspends Har-Ber Herald high school newspaper after a critical article about player transfers to a rival school's football team  —  An Arkansas school district suspended its high school newspaper and threatened to fire the teacher who advises it after student journalists wrote …
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Two Mexican journalists at a newspaper investigating cartels seem to have been targeted by the government via NSO Group's spyware after their colleague's murder