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7:05 AM ET, December 17, 2019

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CNBC:
Vox Media to end contracts of hundreds of freelancers to comply with CA's new AB5 law, which will forbid non-employees from submitting over 35 articles a year  —  - Hundreds of Vox Media freelancers will lose their jobs in the coming months.  — Vox Media is preparing for a California law …
Mónica Marie Zorrilla / Adweek:
Stuart Emmrich, who spent ~17 years as The New York Times' Styles editor, named editor of Vogue.com, a newly created role that reports to Anna Wintour  —  He will oversee digital content and report directly to Anna Wintour  —  Condé Nast said today it has named Stuart Emmrich as Vogue.com's first editor.
Discussion: @stuartemmrich, The Cut, Fashionista and WWD
Emily Bell / The Guardian:
Local news, with its ever-shrinking resources, cannot adequately counter “phantom local news” sites, which are set up to repeat talking points or disinformation  —  Local news is often trusted more than national news but it is highly vulnerable to online disinformation
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix shares detailed overseas subscriber numbers for the first time in a filing, and says 90% of total subscriber growth came from outside the US since 2017  —  Streaming service is disclosing detailed subscriber information by region for operations outside of the U.S. for the first time
Agence France-Presse:
Reporters Without Borders: 49 journalists killed in 2019, the lowest death toll since 2003; ~389 imprisoned, up 12% YoY; and 57 are being held hostage  —  Belfast residents pass a mural featuring murdered journalist Lyra McKee, whose death sparked a new round of political talks chaired by the British and Irish Governments, in May 2019
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Even as Netflix resists ads, it's finding ways to work with brands, such as partnerships, where no money changes hands, that aim to create interest in its shows  —  Tide Pod shout-outs onscreen.  Flirtatious exchanges with companies on Twitter.  Netflix may not run ads, but it has become a coveted marketing platform.
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Campaign staff and researchers say almost all political campaigns, including presidential ones, lack teams for spotting and pushing back on disinformation  —  Few politicians have teams to spot false statements about them online, or to fight back before it spreads.
Marc Ambinder / New York Times:
The House Intelligence Committee's subpoena of John Solomon's phone records was wrong, as it may have ramifications for reporters being able to protect sources  —  We can't excuse an abuse of power just because it supports our side.  —  Mr. Ambinder leads a digital security program at the University of Southern California.
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Bustle Digital Group launches Input, a consumer tech news site, with no advertisers and a custom CMS that it says will be used across its brands by June 2020  —  Why BDG thinks its new CMS will draw readers and entice advertisers  —  Bustle Digital Group has a reputation of swooping …
Patrick Frater / Variety:
 
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James Poniewozik / New York Times:
The success of The Mandalorian's “Baby Yoda” shows it's possible for TV to become as franchise-dominated as film, where Disney makes billions building on old IP
The Guardian:
UK Treasury Minister Rishi Sunak confirms PM Boris Johnson has instructed people to look at whether non-payment of the BBC license fee should be decriminalized
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
The Try Guys, who left BuzzFeed in 2018, say their media business 2nd Try is now profitable, mainly driven by branded content deals as it plans streaming shows
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Some BBC staff fear public distrust after election coverage gaffes, as the director general calls on social media to tackle the “sickening” abuse of journalists
Ursula Perano / Axios:
The Hallmark Channel reverses course and says it will work with Zola.com to reinstate the online wedding registry's ads that show two lesbian brides kissing
Rebecca Rosenberg / Page Six:
Interview with Harvey Weinstein on what he sees as a legacy of helping women in film; he goes on trial for rape on January 6