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12:25 PM ET, December 30, 2019


 Top News: 
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
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.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Netflix releases list of the ten “most popular” shows and movies that it began streaming in the US in 2019, with its own content taking all but one of the spots  —  Netflix says its audiences love the stuff it makes for itself, like Murder Mystery.  Its rivals are betting otherwise.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
This year was the darkest yet for media in the Trump era, with threats of retribution, the end of White House briefings, and 50% more accusations of “fake news”  —  Threats of ‘retribution,’ more accusations of ‘fake news’ and the end of the White House briefing made 2019 the darkest yet for journalists in the Trump era.
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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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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