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8:55 PM ET, November 26, 2019


 Top News: 
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Q&A with Jonah Peretti on BuzzFeed in the 2010s: how microtargeting enables polarization, turning points like the Boston Marathon, Steele dossier, unionization  —  As the decade began, there were rea­sons to be optimistic: America had elected its first black president …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
A subscriber strike for Alden Global Capital newspapers may be in order, to nudge Alden to sell its papers to owners who covet both good journalism and profits  —  It's not a popular thing to say, but journalism may be approaching the point where dedicated news consumers might take a hard look …
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
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
YouGov survey of five European countries finds Brits are most concerned about fake news and 63% think they're frequently exposed to fake news vs. 28% of Germans  —  Brits are more worried than their European neighbours about “fake news”, but are the least likely to pay for verified journalism, according to a new Yougov poll.
Discussion: @daveclark_afp and @paulrapacioli
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's Press Gazette calls on Electoral Commission to ban the use of newspaper mastheads and copycat formats in election pamphlets, a common practice  —  Political parties must stop imitating newspapers in their election campaign material to avoid deceiving voters and damaging the reputations of trusted local news titles.
Lucia Moses / Business Insider:
Sources: theSkimm is profitable and projects $30M in revenue this year as it looks for an investor or buyer amid slowing subscriber growth  —  - Buzzy media darling TheSkimm has been looking for an investor or buyer to accelerate its growth, people familiar with the talks told Business Insider.
Discussion: @jyarow, @rafat, @niemanlab and @ashkan
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Facebook bans white nationalist outlets Red Ice TV and Affirmative Right, says VDare's page is still under review, after recent report  —  Platform bars Red Ice TV and Affirmative Right, as VDare continues to operate  —  Facebook will no longer allow Red Ice TV and Affirmative Right to use its platform …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
US teen says TikTok blocked her from posting after she accused China of putting Muslims into concentration camps; TikTok blames other reasons for the suspension  —  A US teenager's TikTok video clip accusing China of putting Muslims into “concentration camps” has gone viral on the Chinese-owned social network.
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
Mozilla says it will block the IAB's DigiTrust universal ID, after updating its policies to reject products that let other services track users  —  Mozilla intends to block the DigiTrust consortium from tracking users in its Firefox browser, a blow for the IAB-led effort to create …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Bloomberg, Trump, and Steyer 2020 campaigns have spent about two-thirds of all candidate media spend so far with $35M, $33.6M, and $54.8M spent respectively  —  The 2020 campaigns of the three billionaires running for president next year have collectively spent about two-thirds of all ad dollars so far.
Discussion: Bloomberg, @alexi and The Guardian
Luke Bouma / Cord Cutters News:
Disney+ reinstates the Continue Watching section, having re-added Resume, Restart, and Add to Watchlist, features it removed at launch due to technical issues  —  When Disney+ launched, it faced several technical problems, with customers taking to social media to share that they weren't able to login to their accounts.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News guest Michael Blake asked why Tucker Carlson was still on Fox, highlighting how Carlson and others made Fox a political actor, damaging its credibility  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson is a propagandist, though a clever and savvy one.  And on his program Monday night …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Former executive sues CBS, alleging age and race discrimination; suit says minorities are relegated to sitting in back rows and sometimes excluded from meetings  —  Ghen Maynard, who developed such shows as ‘Survivor’ and ‘Amazing Race,’ alleges CBS mistreats minorities.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Page Six
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Jason Lynch / Adweek:
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The AP partners with Report For America to fund 14 new statehouse journalists, lasting for eighteen months and beginning next June
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