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7:45 AM ET, November 26, 2020

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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
ViacomCBS to sell publisher Simon & Schuster to Bertelsmann, owner of Penguin Random House, for $2.175B in cash  —  Bertelsmann, owner of publishing giant Penguin Random House, was seen as a logical contender for Simon & Schuster.  ViacomCBS announced its intent to sell the publishing arm …
Maya Binyam / Columbia Journalism Review:
A deep look at newsroom diversity over the years, and how unions have begun to push for contracts with binding language for diversity in hiring  —  Media companies haven't made newsrooms inclusive.  Can unions?  —  For two decades, from its genesis in the mid-nineties, Vice Media branded itself in the image of the dispossessed.
Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
An in-depth look at how The Drudge Report changed over the past few years finds it may have become a conduit for ad fraud and some think Drudge left in 2017  —  The Drudge Report has become a conformist shadow of its formerly bratty, oppositional self.  Why?
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Sources: Fox agreed to a 7-figure payout to Seth Rich's family in a deal made in time for Fox News President Jay Wallace and Sean Hannity to avoid depositions  —  WASHINGTON — Just as star anchor Sean Hannity and other high-profile Fox News figures were due to be deposed about their promotion …
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Profile of Jennifer Jacobs, a senior political reporter for Bloomberg News, who has come to dominate the White House COVID-19 cases beat  —  Jennifer Jacobs, a senior political reporter for Bloomberg News, has come to dominate this only-in-2020 beat  —  If you want to find …
David Brown / The Times:
UK judge rules that Johnny Depp cannot appeal The Sun libel case and must pay £628,000 in legal costs to The Sun  —  Johnny Depp has been refused permission to appeal against the findings of a judge who ruled that he was a wife beater.  —  The actor has also been ordered to pay …
Discussion: @mygrindelwald, Bustle, The Wrap and Variety
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
HuffPost staffers worry BuzzFeed may not do much to improve HuffPost's diversity problem, as some BuzzFeed staffers say Peretti is all talk, not enough action  —  New York (CNN Business)About an hour after the news that BuzzFeed is acquiring HuffPost first broke, BuzzFeed chief Jonah Peretti held …
Leigh-Ann Jackson / New York Times:
A day in the life of Nilay Patel, EIC of The Verge and host of The Vergecast and Decoder podcasts, as he juggles management, creative duties, and remote work  —  Nilay Patel and The Verge are still reviewing gadgets and covering an industry, but with cameos from a Halloween-loving 2-year-old.
Julian Brave NoiseCat / Columbia Journalism Review:
Examining the challenge of being an Indigenous journalist covering Indigenous people, through the lens of being part of a postapocalyptic community  —  In March 2019, HuffPost sent me to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota, to cover the work of an affordable-housing program.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Federal judge dismisses a lawsuit by a Norwegian reporter alleging antitrust violations by HFPA for denying membership to those who compete with its members  —  A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that accused the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of using its clout to control the market for overseas entertainment coverage.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
TheLi.st, a 10-year-old social network for women cofounded by Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol, has been sold to New Power Media, headed by Ann Shoket  —  TheLi.st — an oddly named, 10-year-old social network that has been linking successful women with up and comers — has been sold to New Power Media …
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK publisher Future is acquiring GoCo Group, owner of price comparison site Go Compare, for £594M, and says it had pre-tax profit of £52M in 2020, up 309% YoY
Discussion: Bloomberg
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Draft of Australia's news code now includes public broadcasters ABC and SBS, allowing them to receive payments from Google and Facebook for using their content
Can Duruk / Margins:
Substack's value to writers is clear but is a bit muddier for readers, with problems like poor discovery and reliance on email
openDemocracy:
New UK report finds Michael Gove's office has slowed or obstructed Freedom of Information requests; official accuses office of “blacklisting” journalists
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The Daily Beast:
OANN host Christina Bobb has been helping Trump's legal team in its effort to overturn the election results, and she has not disclosed this work on her show
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it will relaunch account verifications in early 2021 for news; journalists will need to provide at least three recent bylines in qualifying outlets
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: WaPo is nearing 3M digital subscribers, up 50% YoY; NYT has tripled digital-only subscribers since 2016 to 6.1M
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Q&A with Newsmax's CEO on conservative media's role in Trump's opinions and in sowing doubt about the election: “At the end of the day, it's great for news”
New York Times:
Sources: after the election, Zuckerberg agreed to temporarily tweak Facebook's algorithm to make authoritative news like CNN and NYT appear more prominently