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7:55 AM ET, December 18, 2018


 Top News: 
Senate report: Instagram dwarfs all social networks in Russia's IRA posts and engagements, yet Facebook execs have not been upfront about this  —  - Document prepared for Senate Intelligence evaluates posts  — Instagram tops Facebook in IRA posts and unique engagements
Washington Post:
Report prepared for the Senate analyzes Russian disinformation that supported Trump across millions of posts on YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and more
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Former far right extremists recall how they were radicalized by YouTube as teenagers because of its algorithm that keeps surfacing extremist content  —  Former extremists say they were sucked in by propaganda as teenagers, thanks to an algorithm's dark side.
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 …
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
CBS board completes investigation of Les Moonves, says grounds to terminate exist, and he will not receive his $120M severance pay  —  Former CBS CEO Les Moonves will not receive severance pay following a sexual misconduct probe, the company's board of directors announced Monday evening.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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.
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
BBC Names Fiona Campbell as New Head of Online Channel BBC Three  —  The BBC has named Fiona Campbell the new boss of its youth-skewing online channel, BBC Three, replacing outgoing controller Damian Kavanagh, who is leaving in the new year to run Endemol Shine-owned producer Tiger Aspect.
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.
Ben Smith / Nieman Lab:
In 2019, the perceptions of media will move away from the 1980s-style media diet elevated by the president that emphasizes linear TV and legacy media  —  The president of the United States is, among other things, the media-consumer-in-chief.  Presidents elevated the new media of television and radio and …
Reporters Without Borders:
RSF: number of journalists killed increased 15% YoY in 2018 to 63, with the US joining the list of the deadliest countries for the press  —  Organisation  —  RSF_en  —  A total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
To drive subscribers to Fox Nation, its new streaming service, Fox is adding membership-type benefits like access to life events, discount on merchandise, more  —  Fox News is taking a membership approach to its new subscription video product, Fox Nation.  —  Launched in late November …
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
19-year-old Sammy Sussman penned a 6,500-word story for his university paper detailing four decades of sexual assault allegations against a music professor  —  A 6,500-word feature is a feat for any journalist to pull off.  It's another thing altogether for a 19-year old music major …
Discussion: @cjr and @dongonyea
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Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Apple has signed “Fast and Furious” director Justin Lin in a multi-year TV development deal, in a blow to his longtime studio home Sony
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
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
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
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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.
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