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9:30 PM ET, November 25, 2019


 Top News: 
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The AP partners with Report For America to fund 14 new statehouse journalists, lasting for eighteen months and beginning next June  —  Five years ago, Pew Research published an alarming report — statehouse coverage from newspapers was shrinking.  From 2003 to 2014, it declined by 35%.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Michael Bloomberg could have entirely recused himself from decision-making or influence at Bloomberg News, but he has instead stabbed its journalistic heart  —  Months ago, when former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg said he wouldn't run for president, a palpable feeling of relief flooded the global newsrooms that bear his name.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Memo from Bloomberg EIC says the pub won't investigate Michael Bloomberg or other Democratic presidential candidates and “there will be no unsigned editorials”
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg announces that he will run for president in 2020 as a Democrat, launches his bid with a $30M+ TV ad campaign
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Fox Sports has sold all 77 ad units for the Super Bowl, set for February 2, the first time since 2014 it has sold out more than a few days before the game  —  All 77 units have been snapped up, for as much as $5.6 million per 30-second spot  —  Key Insights:
Sources: American Media head David Pecker spoke with NY prosecutors as part of the DA's probe into hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with Trump  —  (CNN)David Pecker, the head of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, has spoken with prosecutors …
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
150+ orgs, including Google and Facebook, back Tim Berners-Lee's Contract for the Web, pledging to guard the web from abuse or face removal from supporter list  —  Inventor of web calls on governments and firms to safeguard it from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Singapore's “fake news” law invoked for the first time, after Facebook post from opposition lawmaker implied the gov't was responsible for a failing investment  —  Singapore invoked its “fake news” law for the first time Monday, making a citizen amend a Nov. 13 post that the government said used …
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
SCOTUS declines to review 4-3 ruling from Maryland court that refused a new trial for Adnan Syed, whose case gained widespread attention from the Serial podcast  —  The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not consider an appeal filed by convicted killer Adnan Syed …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
McClatchy says it plans to launch as many as ten community-funded journalism labs in local newsrooms across the country in 2020  —  McClatchy — now the country's second-largest local newspaper company, after the merger of Gannett and GateHouse closed last week — is trying to diversify …
Julie Reynolds / DFM Workers:
SEC filing: Alden Global Capital began buying Tribune Publishing stock on Oct. 30 and, with its $118M share purchase last week, now owns 32% of Tribune  —  New filing shows “America's worst newspaper owners” have bought almost a third of the news giant  —  “The old world is over …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and @raju
Dan Bloom / Mirror:
The BBC says it was a mistake to cut a few seconds from a news bulletin, which edited out audience laughter from a Boris Johnson Q&A program, for timing reasons  —  EXCLUSIVE: The BBC has accepted it made a ‘mistake’ after the News Channel cut down a Question Time clip in a way that removed people laughing at the Prime Minister
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS and Viacom say they will close their merger after the market closes on December 4, with the new ViacomCBS stock trading the next day  —  The companies, controlled by the Redstone family, this summer unveiled the latest entertainment industry mega-deal, which comes 14 years …
Discussion: Reuters and Variety
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Frank LoMonte / Poynter:
As college media labs fill a void left by newsroom layoffs, journalists employed by universities who clash with administrators remain on uncertain legal footing
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
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Ruth Michaelson / The Guardian:
Egyptian security forces raid offices of Mada Masr, one of the few independent news websites in the country, detains, then releases a number of staffers