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4:35 PM ET, December 5, 2019

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The Pulitzer Prizes:
Pulitzer Prize Board announces a new prize category for 2020: audio reporting, in the public interest, with “revelatory reporting and illuminating storytelling”  —  New York, NY (Dec. 5, 2019) — The Pulitzer Prize Board today announces a new Journalism prize category for the 2020 prize cycle: Audio Reporting.
Joe Cahill / Chicago Business:
Tribune Publishing's deal to give Alden Global Capital 2 board seats is indefensible; Alden promised not to buy more shares or mount a proxy fight for 7 months  —  As a matter of corporate governance, the deal to give Alden Global two board seats is indefensible.
New York Times:
Rudy Giuliani is in Europe interviewing Ukrainians for an OANN documentary series, which is being promoted as a Republican alternative to impeachment hearings  —  President Trump's personal lawyer has been in Budapest and Kyiv this week to talk with former Ukrainian prosecutors …
Josh Owens / New York Times:
An ex-Infowars employee discusses why he joined the outlet, its tendency to look for evidence to back up preconceived narratives, Alex Jones' erratic behavior  —  I dropped out of film school to edit video for the conspiracy theorist because I believed in his worldview.  Then I saw what it did to people.
Financial Times:
Searches for “Mike” on Bloomberg terminals initially displayed Michael Bloomberg's campaign site as first result; spokesman says results now display a bio page  —  Michael Bloomberg's flagship news and information terminal was promoting the billionaire media mogul's run …
Ravi Somaiya / Columbia Journalism Review:
Digital journalists at respectable news outlets play a role in amplifying false videos and other social media junk; they should thoroughly report before posting  —  At 1:15pm Eastern on Wednesday, May 22, a Trump supporter named Shawn Brooks posted a video on Facebook called “Is Nancy Pelosi drunk?”
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Trump, sues Fox News, saying Tucker Carlson falsely accused her of extortion last year  —  Ms. McDougal, a former Playboy model who sold her story to The National Enquirer, said Tucker Carlson made false claims about extortion that damaged her reputation.
Washington Post:
Filmmakers, with backing from Brennan Center and Knight First Amendment Institute, sue over policy that subjects US visa applicants to social media screening  —  Free-speech advocates are challenging the Trump administration's policy of requiring foreigners to list their social media accounts …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
After conservatives decry exposure of some of John Solomon's phone records, a spokesman for Democrats says no records were subpoenaed for any journalist  —  The House Intel committee tells The Daily Beast that they did not subpoena the phone records for Devin Nunes or John Solomon.
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Ogury, a mobile ad network featuring a consent management platform for publishers to manage consent, raises $50M led by Idinvest Partners, for a total of $92M  —  Mobile data company Ogury raised $50 million in Series C funding on Thursday with an eye on international expansion and consumer privacy-related R&D.
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Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review:
As tech companies embrace fact-checking to prove they are active in trying to stop misinfo, fact-checking orgs' association with traditional media is weakening
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
CBS and Viacom finalized their merger after market close Wednesday, combining CBS with Paramount, alongside Viacom channels including MTV and Nickelodeon
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Marton Dunai / Reuters:
Six international press watchdogs say the EU should take action against Hungary as it has “systematically dismantled media independence” under Viktor Orban