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2:35 PM ET, November 26, 2020

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John Bowden / The Hill:
NYT offers free digital subscriptions to all US high school students and teachers until September 2021 as part of a partnership with Verizon  —  The New York Times says it will offer U.S. high school students and teachers free digital subscriptions to the Times's content through next year.
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 …
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Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Book publishing has been consolidating to increase its bargaining power in the face of Amazon's dominance, whose lock on the book business must be addressed  —  In 1960, Dwight Eisenhower's attorney general, William Rogers, read the paper with alarm.  He learned that Random House intended …
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.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Sources: Fox producers have been told to avoid booking some regular guests if the latter kept doing Newsmax appearances after being encouraged to stop  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News is taking action to stave off newfound competition from Newsmax TV.  —  Producers on some Fox programs …
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 …
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 …
Annie Philip / Nieman Reports:
Q&A with Belarusian journalist Hanna Liubakova about the role that the independent press in Belarus played over the last few months, reporting remotely, more  —  After a contested election, President Aleksandr Lukashenko cracked down on dissent; professional and citizen journalists responded with innovative coverage
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Actor Faizon Love is suing Universal Studios, claiming executives broke promises after Love was omitted from the international poster for 2009's Couples Retreat  —  Faizon Love was whitewashed from the international marketing for ‘Couples Retreat.’ More than a decade after getting an apology, the actor is suing over what he didn't get.
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.
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 …
 
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Examining the challenge of being an Indigenous journalist covering Indigenous people, through the lens of being part of a postapocalyptic community
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
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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
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
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