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9:10 AM ET, December 14, 2020


 Top News: 
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.’
Adam Piore / Columbia Journalism Review:
A deep, historical look at opinion pieces in news outlets, and how a large quantity of hot takes has served as a cheap, powerful attraction, sometimes at a cost  —  The New York Times and the unending blizzard of takes  —  In 1961, John B. Oakes was appointed to lead the editorial page of the New York Times.
Discussion: @cjr, @cjr, @cjr and @cjr
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
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.
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 …
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  —  A month after the election, CNN holds leads in key ratings categories; President Jeff Zucker made aware of investor interest in network
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  —  - TikTok's will be available on TV for the first time.  — A partnership with Samsung means the app is available to download on certain smart TV models in Europe …
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  —  The Russian leader's campaign to control the press is backfiring in a technological environment that he doesn't understand.
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  —  During last summer's Black Lives Matter protests, books written by people of color climbed the best-seller lists.  —  Was last summer a vision of equality to come for the publishing industry?
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.
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Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Atlanta's all-Black creator houses are helping to build community and reverse a gap in an industry where Black influencers are underacknowledged and underfunded
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
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
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%
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Discussion: Podcast Movement
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
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
Denis Villeneuve / Variety:
Dune director Denis Villeneuve says AT&T decided to sacrifice Warner Bros' 2021 slate “in a desperate attempt to grab audience attention” for HBO Max