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4:25 PM ET, December 10, 2019


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Berkeleyside to launch a journalism venture in Oakland in spring 2020 with $3.12M in funding from the Google News Initiative and the American Journalism Project  —  A new Oakland, California-based journalism venture will launch next spring with $1.56 million in funding from the Google News Initiative (GNI), executives tell Axios.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
American Journalism Project announces its first 11 recipients, with $8.5M distributed among them, comprising 15-30% of their 2020 budgets; AJP has raised $46M  —  “The grants will fund an organization's first dedicated revenue positions, or grow an existing revenue team.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
How WaPo published “The Afghanistan Papers”, which includes interviews with key figures critiquing the US war in Afghanistan, after years of legal battles  —  The path to The Afghanistan Papers started with Michael Flynn.  —  In the summer of 2016, as the retired Army general became renowned …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How Recode's Open Sourced, a just-launched, Omidyar Network-funded project, aims to explain the consequences of tech using reader questions to guide coverage  —  Yes, social media companies are irrevocably altering our way of life, our information streams are more tainted than ever …
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Bloomberg has bought The Atlantic's CityLab, its first acquisition since Businessweek in 2009; CityLab will continue to operate as a standalone site and brand  —  The brand will continue to operate as a standalone entity  —  Another media acquisition is afoot.
Tali Arbel / Associated Press:
In Q&A, Gannett execs say digital innovation can make classifieds relevant again and that investments from shareholders demanding returns lead to new approaches  —  In this Aug. 13, 2019, photo Gannett CEO Paul Bascobert poses for a photo in McLean, Va. The Associated Press spoke recently …
Sean Murray /
Given video evidence, BBC and ITV journalists apologize for tweeting that a Labour activist had punched a Tory advisor based on info given by Tory sources  —  THERE WAS FURTHER controversy on the UK general election campaign trail this evening, after a claim on social media reported by a number …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Magna Global: global TV ad sales fell 4% in 2019, the steepest decline since 2009 with European TV channel viewership between 18 and 49 dropping 7-8%  —  - Global ad sales still rise, thanks to technology firms  — TV viewership falls sharply in U.S., Europe and Asia
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Warner Bros. says AJC's claims of defamation in the film Richard Jewell are “baseless” and plans to defend against them, says the film already has a disclaimer  —  Warner Bros is more than willing to take on one of America's largest newspapers over claims that portion …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution demands disclaimer that the film “Richard Jewell” took dramatic license when portraying its late journalist as trading sex for tips
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook's Portal TV adds access to Amazon Prime Video, Sling TV, FandangoNOW, and Deezer  —  Facebook is bringing additional media services to its Portal TV device: Portal owners got access to subscription video content Amazon's Prime Video service and Sling TV Tuesday.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Amazon buys German rights to 16 Champions League matches for 3 seasons from 2021; last week's Premier League match streams garnered record Prime sign-ups in UK  —  Streaming service follows Premier League success with further football rights tie-up  —  Fresh from the success …
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD:
Aya Kanai named editor-in-chief of Marie Claire as the current EIC Anne Fulenwider steps down to launch a women's health business  —  Anne Fulenwider is stepping down at the end of the year to launch a women's health business.  —  Marie Claire has a new editor.
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Daniel Trilling / The Guardian:
The Sun retracted a Jeremy Corbyn story on Saturday without acknowledgement or explanation, after readers found info sourced from far-right conspiracy theorists
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Report: since Apple debuted Intelligent Tracking Prevention, the cost for advertisers to reach Safari users has dropped 60%+, as such ads are less desirable
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Golden Globes: Netflix leads film and TV with 17 nominations in both categories; Apple gets three nominations for The Morning Show, including best drama series