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3:20 PM ET, December 12, 2019


 Top 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: @mattnavarra
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Audible Suno, an ad-free service featuring more than 60 original series in Hindi and English, in India for free  —  Amazon is having another go at expanding its reach to listeners in India.  The company, which launched pay-to-use Audible in the country last year …
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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 …
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 …
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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
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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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