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9:00 AM ET, December 23, 2019


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Amid a crisis in local news, eight journalists who left newsrooms in 2019 reflect on the stories left in their notebooks  —  Amid a crisis in local news, eight journalists who left newsrooms in 2019 reflect on the stories left in their notebooks.  Photographers who also lost their jobs captured them on their former beats.
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Facebook and Twitter shut down a network of fake accounts using AI-generated faces to “masquerade” as Americans; Facebook links the network to Epoch Media Group  —  Researchers said the profiles, linked to the Epoch Media Group, used photos generated by artificial intelligence in a preview of an …
Stephen Gregory / The Epoch Times:
Epoch Media Group asks Facebook to withdraw claim that it is involved with The BL, which was tied to fake accounts, says Epoch Times Vietnam publishes The BL
John Ourand / Sports Business Daily:
CBS says it will end its SEC football contract after 2023; sources: ESPN/ABC in final talks to take over, paying over 6x the $55M/year that CBS currently pays  —  CBS will walk away from the SEC when its contract ends after the 2023 football season, and all indications are that the package will move to ESPN/ABC.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
NYT and WSJ alumni to launch DealPro, a Boston-based weekly magazine focused on in-depth and investigative stories about China's economic rise, in mid-February  —  DealPro, a new weekly magazine co-founded by a group of former New York Times and Wall Street Journal writers and editors, is planning to launch soon.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Bytedance is considering setting up a global headquarters for TikTok outside of China, as part of its effort to shake off its Chinese image  —  Singapore, London and Dublin are among cities being considered; no U.S. city made shortlist  —  Bytedance Inc. is considering setting …
Beena Raghavendran / Nieman Lab:
2020 predictions: more journalists will ask people to help with reporting through letters, meetups, and more as community engagement spreads in newsrooms  —  Beena Raghavendran is an engagement reporter for ProPublica's Local Reporting Network.  —  2019 marked a great year for the state …
Errin Haines Whack / Nieman Lab:
2020 prediction: with racism on the ballot in 2020, race and gender will drive political news, even if women still get covered as a special interest group  —  Errin Haines is the Associated Press' national writer on race and ethnicity.  —  For many of my peers in political journalism …
Kaya Yurieff / CNN:
YouTube creators have started openly discussing feeling burned out; YouTube says it doesn't take upload frequency into account when recommending new videos  —  New York (CNN Business)For eight years, Kati Morton, a mental health expert, has used YouTube to discuss sensitive issues ranging from eating disorders to anxiety.
Christa Scharfenberg / Nieman Lab:
As more women move into leadership roles at news organizations, it feels like broader changes and fairer treatment of women in journalism may finally arrive  —  “Should we be cautious in describing our experience, careful not to alienate the men in the room or offend the funders who have so generously invested in our organizations?
Summer Said / Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia sentences five people to death and convicts three others to 24 years in prison for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi  —  The dissident journalist was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul  —  Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death and convicted six others for the murder …
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M. Scott Havens / Nieman Lab:
2020 predictions: global data regulation and the messy digital ad marketplace will prompt publishers to invest in first-party data, bolstering ties with readers
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Profile of Josh Katzenstein, who once covered the New Orleans Saints for the Times-Picayune and who has transferred his reporting skills to CBD product sales
Lisa Kaplan / Lawfare:
TheSoul, a Russian web publisher with YouTube channels like 5-Minute Crafts, has the most reach among entertainment groups on YouTube, after Disney, WarnerMedia
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Columbia University finds Monica Crowley committed “localized instances of plagiarism” in a dissertation but concludes she did not commit research misconduct
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Omar Rashid / The Hindu:
The Hindu's Omar Rashid recalls how police detained and threatened him before letting him go, amid a crackdown in India on protests against a citizenship bill
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: NBC's Peacock to integrate NBC News Now, have a free, limited-content tier, a limited-ads tier for $5/month, and an ad-free tier for $10/month