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9:00 AM ET, December 8, 2019


 Top News: 
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Michael Bloomberg says reporters at his company concerned about a ban on investigating him need to accept that their paychecks come with some restrictions  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg says employees at his news organization need to accept restrictions …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
By the end of summer 2020, five big newspaper chains could roll up into two, run by investment companies with little attachment to the newspaper business  —  Is an end in sight?  —  The first half of 2020 “will be the final dance of the newspaper industry,” one of my savviest financial sources told …
Media Matters for America:
Study of 2,000 tweets by major media outlets about Trump in July: of 653 tweets referencing a false statement, 50% disputed the claim, up from 35% in January  —  Major news outlets are doing a better job of rebutting President Donald Trump's falsehoods on Twitter than they were earlier …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @mattgertz and MediaPost
Patrick Shanley / Hollywood Reporter:
Popular Twitch streamer Dr Disrespect, who has 3.8M followers, inks TV deal with The Walking Dead creator's Skybound, a first such deal for a Twitch personality  —  The gaming content creator will develop a narrative scripted series based on his popular alter-ego character.
Amanda Perelli / Business Insider:
Interview with Andrew Siwicki, on his career change from psychology to filmmaking, and his full-time job editing docuseries for YouTube star Shane Dawson  —  - Andrew Siwicki, 27, is a full-time YouTube video editor for Shane Dawson (23 million subscribers).
Rob Williams / MediaPost:
MPA five-year study of 135 magazines: since 2014, mobile rose from 21% to 37% of total magazine audience, print and desktop readership dropped from 61% to 44%  —  Publishers that want to survive into the next decade need to optimize their strategies for mobile devices — and keep pivoting to video.
Discussion: MediaPost
Charity-funded online science and health magazine Mosaic is shutting down on December 10 after five years  —  Mosaic, Wellcome's digital platform dedicated to long-form journalism about science and health, will be closing next week.  It will publish its final stories on 10 December.
Max Willens / Digiday:
WSJ had its biggest day of subscription sales ever Black Friday, Wired and Barron's on Cyber Monday; New York had its best four-day sales stretch that weekend  —  Cyber Monday and Black Friday have long been make-or-break days of the year for retailers.  They have recently become important …
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Internal memo: after the recent cuts, Gannett CEO Paul Bascobert expects more layoffs, and says “it will take a few months to work through this process”  —  Paul Bascobert, chief executive officer of Gannett Media Corp. (apparently number two to Mike Reed in the reconfigured …
Andrew Pantazi / @apantazi:
[Thread] Reporter starts Google Doc to track Gannett layoffs, says it's forcing people to sign NDAs to get severance, telling journalists not to tweet about it
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Survey of 2,000+ US users: 50% plan to subscribe to new OTT services, of which 64% intend to downgrade/cancel existing subs; say they spend ~$76/month on video  —  Key insights:  — Half of those polled intend on subscribing to new OTT services—but many of them will downgrade or cancel existing video services to do so.
Discussion: Forbes
Yomi Kazeem / Quartz:
NY-based Nigerian journalist Omoyele Sowore, who was charged with treason in Nigeria in Aug., rearrested by government agents a day after his release on bail  —  The ongoing court trial of Omoyele Sowore, a New-York based Nigerian journalist and prominent activist, has taken a worrying turn …
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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Google Assistant now allows users to search for podcasts by topic, available in English worldwide
Discussion: The Keyword and Fast Company
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Conde Nast removes China's president and Thailand's king from the online version of UK GQ's 10 worst-dressed men list, says it could cause “unintended offence”
John McCarthy / The Drum:
Spotify says it now has 500K+ podcasts, podcast listeners are up more than 50% since the start of 2019 and podcast hours consumed by listeners grew 39% QoQ
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Vikas SN / The Economic Times:
Netflix says it is spending ~$420M on content in India over the next year, a majority of which will be on original programming
Discussion: @tsuvik
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
A small group of NBC News Digital employees apparently campaigned against a union with NewsGuild; staff voted on the union Wednesday, and results come Dec. 13
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”