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6:05 PM ET, December 17, 2019

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook is funding a free 45-minute online Reuters course for journalists on spotting and handling manipulated media, now in English, French, Spanish, Arabic  —  Facebook is spending six figures to fund a course on manipulated media and deepfakes for newsrooms, executives tell Axios.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Audible announces founder Dan Katz will step down from CEO role on January 2, to be replaced by former Dun & Bradstreet executive Bob Carrigan  —  Audible, the Amazon-owned seller and producer of audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment, hired media and publishing veteran Bob Carrigan as CEO.
Discussion: RAIN News and Publishers Weekly
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook pilots a program in the US to use part-time contracted “community reviewers” to expedite the fact-checking process and aid its fact-checking partners  —  Facebook is creating a new pilot program in the U.S. that will leverage part-time contracted “community reviewers” to expedite its fact-checking process.
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 …
American Society of Journalists and Authors:
The American Society of Journalists and Authors, representing nonfiction writers, sues California to stop AB5, a law effective Jan. 1 that impacts freelancers  —  American Society of Journalists and Authors, Inc.  —  LOS ANGELES — The rights of independent journalists are under attack.
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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
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
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
NYT's political coverage this weekend was a stunning display of bothsiderism and further proof of the collapse of NYT leadership  —  The New York Times's three-year struggle to sustain its reporting algorithms, built for two political parties that have comparable relationships to reality …
Huw Edwards / LinkedIn:
BBC presenter Huw Edwards says critics are wrong to think its errors are partisan choices or that BBC echoes views of any one individual, like some newspapers  —  This is my 35th year in the BBC.  I have covered every general election since 1987 and have presented countless election results programmes since then.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Luminary now lets Alexa users subscribe to its podcast service or start a free trial via simple voice commands and pay using Alexa payments  —  Premium podcast service Luminary has started to enlist Amazon's Alexa to facilitate subscription sales: Owners of Amazon's Echo smart speakers …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
European Parliament approves proposal to create a prize for European investigative journalists in memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia  —  The European Parliament is to launch a prize for investigative journalism in memory of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Tom Balmforth / Reuters:
Maria Butina, who was convicted of being a foreign agent in the US and deported to Moscow, has been hired by RT to host an online show  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian woman jailed in the United States for working as a foreign agent and deported to Moscow has been hired by Russia's state-funded RT television …
 
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Patrick Frater / Variety:
UK's Cineworld agrees to buy Canadian cinema operator Cineplex for $1.65B, would become largest North American operator combined with its 2017 Regal purchase
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
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