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7:20 PM ET, December 11, 2019


 Top News: 
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Sinclair axes Boris Epshteyn, its chief political analyst who was once a Trump aide, to add time for “critical and relevant issues” and investigative journalism  —  Sinclair, which owns 193 stations in the U.S., said it wants to focus on local news and investigative journalism.
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
YouTube bans videos that “maliciously insult” people based on their race, gender, or sex, and will remove some of Steven Crowder's videos targeting Carlos Maza  —  The change comes after controversy around a right-wing comedian's homophobic slurs aimed at a gay Latino journalist.
New York Times:
Lawyers say Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company board reached a tentative $25M settlement with most of his alleged victims; $12M+ would pay legal costs  —  After two years of legal wrangling, Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative $25 million …
Twitter is funding bluesky, an independent effort to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media, with the goal of Twitter being a client of it  —  Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard. 🧵
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Facebook confirms that a bug caused tens of thousands of now restored ads to disappear from its political ad library, days before UK's general election  —  London (CNN Business)Tens of thousands of political ads went missing from Facebook's archive this week, according to researchers …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Local news is in trouble, but it's not dying; growth has happened for nonprofits and partnerships, and local broadcast newsroom staffing remains steady so far  —  We started 2019 with Gannett layoffs at local newspapers, we're ending 2019 with Gannett layoffs at local newspapers …
John Keefe / Quartz:
Data from 2015-2019: 23% of stories that were Pulitzer winners or finalists were published in December, possibly due to rush to meet the December 31 deadline  —  Here's a secret: Some of the year's best investigative journalism will drop this month.  —  I'm not saying I know of a forthcoming …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ 2019 prison census: 250+ journalists are imprisoned globally, and the top three countries putting reporters behind bars are China, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia  —  For the fourth consecutive year, at least 250 journalists are imprisoned globally as authoritarians like Xi Jinping …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Sky News to partner with BuzzFeed UK to stream UK election coverage on social sites and Sky News' digital platforms, in an effort to reach a younger audience  —  U.K. broadcaster Sky News has teamed up with BuzzFeed UK to stream political coverage across social media platforms during the results of the U.K. general election.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Fortune to launch a paywall in Jan., with a three tier membership program from $5/month, but will offer news, second-day takes, and sponsored content for free  —  In January 2020, Fortune will finally launch a paywall it has wanted to build for more than two years.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
A look at Apple News' power in the UK election: editorial curation remains opaque despite big influence on news outlets and the delivery of millions of alerts  —  Service has around 11m users a month in UK but faces much less scrutiny that other outlets  —  On Monday night …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Neither of the sources in credits for the Richard Jewell film mention any romantic tie between reporter Kathy Scruggs and the FBI agent thought to be her source  —  The newspaper reporter character in “Richard Jewell,” director Clint Eastwood's new movie about the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta …
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
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 More News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Over 400 staffers of Tribune Publishing signed a petition to the company's board, seeking investment in newsrooms, consideration of good purchase offers, more
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Profile of LION Publishers, which aims to help its member community of about 250 local indie online publishers become sustainable, as it is awarded a $1M grant
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 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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