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8:25 AM ET, December 3, 2018


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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.
The Citizen Lab:
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  —  Mexican Journalists Investigating Cartels Targeted with NSO Spyware Following Assassination of Colleague
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
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
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
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 …
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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