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10:40 PM ET, December 14, 2020


 Top News: 
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
LAT Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine, who announced in October that he planned to retire, steps down, as a search for his replacement continues  —  The Los Angeles Times' leadership transition has accelerated with the departure of Norman Pearlstine, who served as executive editor for two and a half years.
Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Critics slam WSJ's opinion section after it published a column by Joseph Epstein calling Jill Biden “kiddo” and suggesting she drop her use of “Dr.” as a title  —  Many women said Joseph Epstein's suggestion in The Wall Street Journal was blatantly sexist and underscored …
Paul A. Gigot / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Gigot, WSJ editorial page editor, equates the Biden team's reaction to an op-ed on Jill Biden's use of “Dr.” to Trump's “enemy of the people” tweets  —  Its strategists promote an identity politics campaign against an op-ed on Jill Biden's use of ‘Dr.’
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Voting machine company Smartmatic issued legal notices to Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN, demanding retraction of claims that its machines flipped votes to Biden  —  Florida-based electronic voting system company Smartmatic on Monday demanded three conservative media outlets retract their claims …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Sources: Apple TV+ was making Scraper, a show about Gawker Media, with several episodes written, then Tim Cook sent an email about it and the project was killed  —  Big tech companies now exert huge influence over what stories get told.  The message is clear: Be careful who you offend.
New York Times:
As ratings hit new highs, executives and journalists at CNN and MSNBC say they are uneasy about a post-Trump future bereft of drama and scandal  —  Ratings have hit new highs, but executives and journalists at both networks are uneasy about the year ahead.  —  CNN and MSNBC thrived during …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Jeff Zucker was recently made aware of investor interest in taking CNN private, as WarnerMedia is in talks with Zucker on whether to renew his contract
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
FTC orders Amazon, ByteDance, Facebook, Snap, YouTube, and others to share info on how they collect and use personal data, including how they measure engagement  —  - The Federal Trade Commission is requiring nine tech companies to share information about how they collect and use data from their users, the agency announced Monday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Collab, a TikTok-inspired music making app, on iOS in the US, after announcing a beta version in May  —  Collab, Facebook's experimental app for making collaborative music videos, is today launching out of private beta testing with a public release on the App Store.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Paul Smalera, who was previously the founding editor of Medium's Marker, has been named EIC of The Business of Business, a new publication from Thinknum  —  Longtime business journalist Paul Smalera has been named editor in chief of The Business of Business, a new publication from Thinknum.
Reddit announces it has acquired short-form video app and TikTok rival Dubsmash  —  Reddit is where passionate communities come together for authentic exchanges about the topics that matter to them.  Video is increasingly core to how people want to connect, and as we continue to grow our community …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCU says the first two seasons of The Office will stream on Peacock's ad-supported free tier and other seasons will stream on subscription tiers  —  “The Office” is flying back home to NBCUniversal — after it leaves Netflix at the end of 2020 — to alight exclusively on Peacock …
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Ben Paviour / VPM:
A columnist who also works for Dominion Energy wrote some of at least seven unsigned editorials in The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press about Dominion this year
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Sky strikes a deal to make Prime Video available to its subscribers in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Germany, and Italy; Sky also has deals with Netflix and Disney+
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Janet W. Lee / Variety:
ViacomCBS breaks down workforce demographics for the first time: 63.8% of 16,612 domestic staff are white and less than 25% of executives are people of color
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Daily Mail pays Sir James Dyson and his wife Lady Deirdre Dyson £100K in libel damages after suggesting they had behaved badly towards their former housekeeper
New York Times:
Analysis of 7,124 English-language fiction books published by major publishing houses from 1950 to 2018 finds 95% of the authors were white
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Leonid Bershidsky / Bloomberg:
Profile of Russian online investigative outlets Proekt and Istories, backed by crowdfunding and Western foundations, which have recently broken stories on Putin
Chris Stokel-Walker / Business Insider:
TikTok says it has partnered with Samsung to launch TikTok on TVs from 2018 or later in Europe, starting with the UK
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