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11:55 PM ET, December 27, 2019


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David K. Li / NBC News:
Radio shock jock Don Imus, an early pioneer of the genre known for his controversial and often offensive statements, dies at 79  —  He had announced on Jan. 22 that he was retiring, telling fans: “Turn out the lights...the party's over.  —  Radio shock jock Don Imus, one of the early pioneers of his genre …
George P. Slefo / Ad Age:
Spotify will suspend political ads in early 2020, citing the lack of tools to review them; source: political ads are not a significant source of its revenue  —  Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and the RNC are among Spotify advertisers  —  Spotify is suspending the sale of political advertising …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast is in advanced talks to acquire Xumo, which offers an ad-supported video streaming service, as Comcast prepares to launch NBC's Peacock  —  Deal would help cable giant's digital-video ambitions as it prepares to launch its own video-streaming service
David Porter / 8tracks blog:
As 8tracks prepares to shut down on December 31, its co-founder shares a post-mortem of what went wrong with the once-promising music streaming startup  —  8tracks has had a long run and its day in the sun.  We're sad to announce, however, that the company and its streaming service will wind …
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
What Chuck Todd blamed on naiveté to lessen his error of ignoring the GOP's spread of disinfo was in fact willful blindness and malpractice  —  That disinformation was going to overtake Republican politics was discoverable years before he says he discovered it.
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Q&A with Chuck Todd about a Dec 29 edition of Meet the Press focusing on journalism and disinformation with guests like NYT's Dean Baquet and WaPo's Marty Baron
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
William Greider, a reporter, editor, and author who wrote about the economy and politics for WaPo, Rolling Stone, The Nation, and other outlets, dies at 83  —  In interviews with Reagan's budget director, David Stockman, he exposed doubts about the supply-side economics that the administration had embraced.
Heather Bryant / Nieman Lab:
In 2020, the question of how to save newsrooms will start to shift to how to save journalism as a process, emphasizing more collaboration and inclusiveness  —  Heather Bryant is founder and director of Project Facet.  —  There are always two conversations happening in any given field.
Alexander Lim / Storybench:
Q&A with NYT designers Antonio De Luca and Sasha Portis about creating an interactive story on New York City's subway map for the map's 40th anniversary  —  For the 40th anniversary of the New York City subway map, The New York Times created an interactive story that all but places you directly inside the map.
Discussion: @journalims
I-Hsien Sherwood / Ad Age:
Discussion: @dangoldgeier
Shareen Pathak / Digiday:
Survey of 135 publishers: 50%+ say direct-sold ads are big source of revenue, 40% had no subscription rev, affiliate ads at most a small revenue source for 82%  —  For publishers, the biggest priorities heading into 2020 are how to grow revenue they can control: Both through direct-sold ads and subscriptions.
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Q&A with Snopes CEO David Mikkelson and reporter Alex Kasprak on the state of news, working and breaking up with Facebook, and preparing for the 2020 election  —  Disinformation campaigns are expected to be just as pervasive in 2020 as they were in the 2016 presidential election …
Discussion: Digital Trends
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