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9:35 PM ET, December 12, 2019

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Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Refinitiv, which distributes Reuters news on the Eikon trading platform, has blocked 200+ Reuters stories since August in China, under government pressure  —  Under pressure from the Chinese government, the financial information provider that distributes Reuters news to investors has blocked …
Pew Research Center:
A Pew study of 50+ of its surveys shows that political party affiliation is the biggest factor affecting trust or skepticism of the news media  —  Partisan dynamics overshadow other factors in Americans' evaluations of the news media  —  It is no secret that, in an information environment characterized …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Apple News will co-host a presidential debate for the first time, on Feb. 7 in New Hampshire, and Twitter will co-host a debate on Feb. 25 in South Carolina  —  The Democratic National Committee announced on Thursday the hosts of the next four presidential debates in the first four primary and caucus states.
Kali Hays / WWD:
Editors of Out magazine and The Advocate, owned by Pride Media, are leaving; sources: Pride Media CEO is also stepping down, and more departures are expected  —  The Advocate editor Zach Stafford is out, too, along with executive leadership, leaving insiders wondering if the LGBTQ titles will continue.
Belinda Luscombe / TIME:
Time names Bob Iger Businessperson of the Year following Disney's Fox acquisition, box office success, and Disney+ launch  —  Not since somebody figured out that you could attach two black plastic disks to a skull cap and make everyone look like Mickey Mouse has a pair of ears sent such a buzz through a media executive.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources describe how ISPs like AT&T and Cox push the FCC to omit unflattering data, among other tactics, to improve scores on FCC's internet speeds report  —  AT&T, Cox, Comcast and other broadband companies successfully push the FCC to omit unflattering data on speed tests, among other tactics, to improve their scores
Libby Cohen / The Daily Dot:
CBS News included an Infowars host in an online video of Trump fans at a PA rally, without identification; CBS later added an editor's note identifying the host  —  CBS News posted a video of Trump supporters at a Pennsylvania rally on Tuesday.  One of the seemingly random interviewees ended up being an InfoWars host.
Caroline Porter / Shorenstein Center:
A case study of Mother Jones' revenue strategy: prioritizing investigative journalism, following reader preferences, effective campaign messaging, and more  —  Case Study co-published by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Institute for Nonprofit News.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Cosmo is hosting “You” Watch Parties, with quizzes and more, on a separate site with a CMS built by Google News Lab, which Google may license to others  —  Cosmopolitan knows its readers are fans of Netflix's “You,” and wants to see if it can be part of their watching experience during the show's second season.
Discussion: @elanazak and @mattnavarra
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD:
David Carey, who left as president of Hearst's Magazines unit in 2018, is returning as SVP of public affairs and comms, shortly after staff launched union plans  —  His return comes as magazine staffers are trying to form a union, a move executives do not support.  —  David Carey, pictured in 2016.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A look at revenue streams for local broadcast news, which stands to get ~$3B of election ad spend this cycle and benefit from rising retransmission fees  —  As legacy print outlets and many digital startups struggle financially, another segment of the news industry is doing just fine, thanks.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu launches ads that let brands target binge-watchers, offering the brands the ability to sponsor ad-free episodes or serve personalized offers  —  Hulu today is launching a new kind of ad experience that allows brands to specifically target binge-watchers — that is …
 
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Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
Netflix paid for Critics Choice Association members to take four pricey trips this year; critics call the trips a potential breach of etiquette and ethics
Greg Dool / Folio:
Palm Beach Media Group, a subsidiary of Hour Media Group, acquires Gulfstream Media and its six Florida lifestyle magazines, plus FortLauderdaleDaily.com
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Since September, BuzzFeed has expanded affiliate business to Brazil, India, five others; commerce revenue made up 21% of total rev in 2019, up from 9% in 2017
Maya Shwayder / Digital Trends:
Decentralizing Twitter won't solve its hate speech problems as it will only distribute them to others
 Earlier Picks: 
Ryan Deto / Pittsburgh City Paper:
At the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Newspaper Guild members have withheld bylines for 3 weeks amid a labor battle; 20 guild members and 9 managers have left in 2019
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
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
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
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