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10:40 AM ET, December 12, 2019


 Top News: 
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.
Matthew Strauss / Pitchfork:
Netflix is developing a scripted TV show about the creation of Spotify, inspired by the book Spotify Untold  —  The scripted series will tell the story of Spotify's creation  —  Netflix is developing a scripted TV series about the creation of Spotify, the company announced today (December 11).
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.
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.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Newsquest will not pursue layoffs for its titles in Scotland after journalists threatened to strike and eight staff left the Glasgow newsroom voluntarily  —  Newsquest has dropped the threat of compulsory redundancies on its titles in Scotland after journalists voted in favour of strike action this week …
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 …
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 …
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  —  It was late in the day November 19 that employees of Tribune Publishing's newspapers got word: Its troncked-up former chairman Michael Ferro …
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 …
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  —  Removed: Model Carolina Loyola-Garcia demonstrates a city without a daily newspaper.  —  Three weeks into a byline strike …
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  —  - Publisher introduces ‘affiliate’ posts in seven more countries  — BuzzFeed on pace to generate over $300 million in 2019 revenue
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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
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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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
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