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1:35 PM ET, December 17, 2018


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
Leaked report prepared for Senate analyzes Russian disinformation that supported Trump across millions of posts on YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, more  —  The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to analyze the millions of posts provided …
Colin Kroll, a co-founder of Vine and the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, has died at 34; police source says a drug overdose is suspected  —  Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, has died of an apparent drug overdose ... TMZ has learned.  —  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ …
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
When actor Geoffrey Rush sued Murdoch's Nationwide News over a sexual harassment story, the company publicly identified the alleged victim in a court filing  —  Why Yael Stone is terrified to talk about Geoffrey Rush.  —  Ms. Weiss is a writer and editor for the Opinion section.  —  Yael Stone is scared.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
A branded content section of WSJ's website was hacked on Monday, with a message posted praising YouTuber PewDiePie; he later tweeted a link to the page himself  —  Popular YouTube creator PewDiePie's ongoing battle to keep his channel's subscriber count No. 1 ahead of India's T-Series took …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
PewDiePie's fanbase are suspected of being behind WSJ hack in which a message was posted claiming the paper had apologized to him for critical coverage  —  PewDiePie's bro army has hit back at a publisher that hit him first.  —  The Wall Street Journal's website was compromised …
Discussion: @danielpmcdermot and @cnet
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
How National Enquirer's covers for Trump amplified false narratives online and provided a level of national prominence one expert thinks was worth $2.5M-$3M/mo.  —  The most powerful print publication in America might just be The National Enquirer.  It functioned as a dirty-tricks shop …
Louisiana State University:
Study shows that combination of articles defending journalism and fact-checking increased readers' trust in the media while fact-checking articles alone did not  —  Baton Rouge, LA - In a first-of-its-kind study from Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Former far right extremists recall how they were radicalised by YouTube as teenagers, thanks to its algorithm which keeps surfacing extremist content  —  Former extremists say they were sucked in by propaganda as teenagers, thanks to an algorithm's dark side.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
How Netflix aims to disrupt films after shaking up TV: opening in theaters briefly to qualify for Oscars and spending big on talent and quantity, ~90 films/year  —  As hundreds of movie buffs waited in line to see Alfonso Cuarón's “Roma” at the Telluride Film Festival in August …
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Inside Rupert Murdoch's deal that brought Fox, a second-tier network in 1993, into the US mainstream: heavily outbidding CBS on NFL TV rights and hiring Madden  —  An oral history of the most important deal in sports TV history, when Rupert Murdoch and Fox stole the NFL and John Madden …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix has named former ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey as its vice president of original content  —  She will report directly fellow vp originals Cindy Holland and also oversee a large portion of the streamer's overall deals — including working with the Obamas, Shonda Rhimes, Kenya Barris, among others.
The Daily Beast:
Mark Penn, a regular contributor to The Hill and pundit on Fox News who frequently defends Trump, had a decades-long business relationship with him  —  The former Clinton strategist, who has railed against the Mueller probe, said it was minor work and notes that it happened three decades ago.
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James Walker / Press Gazette:
An unnamed BBC reporter, following up on a Sunday Mirror story exposing a child grooming scandal, offered copy approval to a local government official
Deborah Haynes / Sky News:
Latvia's Foreign Ministry has raised concerns with the UK over “hardcore propaganda” broadcast by two Russian-language TV channels registered in London
Reuters Institute:
Analysis of 760 articles on AI in six UK news outlets finds 33% of sources were from the industry, ~2x more than from academia, and 6x more than from government
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Q&A with Le Monde's CEO Louis Dreyfus on its surging digital subscriptions and Skyline, an advertising alliance with Le Figaro, which generated €5M in 10 months
 Earlier Picks: 
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Q&A with Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism, the decline of scoops and how Twitter has made journalists dumber, meaner, and more reactive
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
How Bob Bakish turned around Viacom by focusing on content, diversifying into digital programming and live experiences, expanding to India and UK, more
Mandy Jenkins / Nieman Lab:
In 2019, journalists should not abandon social media because billions of people still use it and fake news makers and trolls will gladly fill the vacuum
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Nicaraguan police raid independent news outlet Confidencial, taking away documents, computers, and TV cameras