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12:40 PM ET, December 13, 2020


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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Adam Rubenstein, the NYT editorial assistant who edited Sen. Tom Cotton's infamous “Send in the Troops” column, has resigned from the newspaper
Marissa Evans / Nieman Lab:
Trauma-informed reporting, often key for crime stories, will gain relevance post-pandemic; newsrooms need to be aware of potential secondhand trauma for staff  —  “Trauma is everywhere, even if the communities we serve don't always use the t-word to describe their experiences.”
Allegra Hobbs / Study Hall:
A look at the enduring popularity of advice columns, mainstays at Slate, NYT, The Cut, how they've changed since the days of Dear Abby, and their role today  —  Trompe l'oeil.  Board Partition with Letter Rack and Music Book by Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts.  Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Lyz / Men Yell at Me:
Q&A with former reporter Allison Hantschel on how newspapers damaged themselves, inspired by a tweet lamenting that people pay for Netflix but not journalism  —  “Never ascribe to malice what stupidity will adequately explain.”  —  3 hr ago  —  For a decade, Allison Hantschel worked at small newspapers in the Midwest.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Disney's stream of Disney+ announcements on Thursday finally delivered on ~$100B worth of acquisitions over 15 years of widely adored billion dollar franchises  —  Disney's big streaming event showed what Disney Plus will be  —  By the end of Disney's four-hour event …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Political journalists question the value of reporting anonymous concerns by Republicans who publicly support Trump as he tries to overturn the election  —  During his decades on the congressional beat, John Bresnahan has spent countless hours listening to the private concerns of his congressional sources.
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Interview with Jason Kilar on the decision to release 2021 movies on HBO Max: “If we...focus on the customer, we're going to be sitting on a very big future”  —  Depending on who you ask, Jason Kilar is either the most hated or most beloved man in Hollywood right now.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
PwC: 2020 deal activity in media and telecoms was relatively stable despite the pandemic, with 612 deals, down 4% from 2019, and a combined value of $99B, up 8%  —  “COVID-19 forced companies to be more introspective and reconsider their core strategies,” says PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Washington Post:
Three NC newspapers have filed a petition with the NC Court of Appeals seeking to open a district court to media after a judge blocked them from a hearing  —  The judge has given no reason for the order in a county wracked by racial justice protests.  That's causing concern for transparency advocates.
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Three Spotify unions, at Gimlet, The Ringer, and Parcast, stopped working for two hours on Friday, demanding fairer contracts and better workplace conditions  —  Spotify has only recognized one union, but they've all been fighting for a better contract this past year.  —  EO
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