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11:15 AM ET, December 30, 2019


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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BuzzFeed UK made a loss of £9.4M in 2018, up from £2.3M in 2017, and had revenues of £21.5M, down from £33.4M in 2017  —  Buzzfeed UK made a loss of £9.4m in 2018, new full-year accounts show, with turnover having fallen by nearly £12m on the year before.
Sarah J. Jackson / New York Times:
In 2010s, Twitter enabled young and marginalized people to be heard, held news organizations accountable, and pushed largely ignored issues into the mainstream  —  It's impossible to avoid news about how harmful social media can be.  The Cambridge Analytica scandal.  The ubiquitous Russian bots.
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
An overview of NBC's special edition of Meet the Press, “Alternative Facts: Inside the Weaponization of Disinformation”  —  On a special edition of “Meet the Press,” top journalists discuss the challenges of finding the facts amid growing disinformation.
Siobhán O'Grady / Washington Post:
CPJ: at least 554 journalists and 49 media workers, which includes drivers and interpreters, were killed globally over the past decade  —  They were killed by suicide bombs and shot by gangs, caught in crossfire and targeted on live TV.  —  Over the past decade, at least 554 journalists …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
CBS tops 2019's most-watched TV channels in the US with 7.14M total primetime viewers, down 4% YoY; Fox News was most-watched cable outlet and fifth overall  —  It's tough out there for a linear network.  Even inside the major media conglomerates, the buzz is all about a company's new digital platform, not its legacy channels.
Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
IPSO's outgoing chief says the portrayal of Muslims in the British press has been “the most difficult issue” facing the press watchdog in the past five years  —  The portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the British press has been “the most difficult issue” facing the press watchdog …
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 …
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Matteo Moschella / First Draft:
Q&A with Lee Mwiti, the chief editor of Africa's first independent fact-checking website Africa Check, on disinformation and media manipulation on the continent
Mark Ledwich / Medium:
Study claims that YouTube's late 2019 algorithm steers logged-out users away from watching radicalizing content, directing them to more mainstream videos
Sara K. Baranowski / Nieman Lab:
2020 will be the start of an exciting era for community news with local outlets producing high-impact reporting that experiments with new formats and engagement
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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%
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
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