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4:45 PM ET, December 15, 2020


 Top News: 
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Tiny News Collective, a LION Publishers and News Catalyst initiative, seeks to start 500 local newsrooms in three years by offering resources and training  —  The Tiny News Collective says it will provide participants the tools and resources they need to start their own local newsroom
Freedom of the Press:
Report: arrests of journalists in the US grew to ~117 in 2020, up 1,200% YoY; the week of May 29 to June 4 had more arrests than previous three years combined  —  Promoting press freedom in the 21st century  —  Today, Freedom of the Press Foundation is releasing a report on the unprecedented number …
Periscope / Medium:
Twitter says it will discontinue Periscope as a separate mobile app by March 2021, saying it's brought most of the core capabilities of Periscope into Twitter  —  Today, we're sharing that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue Periscope as a separate mobile app by March 2021.
Nieman Lab:
Newsrooms should abolish the crime beat and reexamine how the criminal-legal system is covered, focusing on affected communities and people  —  “Let's be honest: Crime coverage is terrible.  It's racist, classist, fear-based clickbait masking as journalism."  —  Let's be honest: Crime coverage is terrible.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton says TikTok banned him without warning, thinks it was after pressure from TikTok stars, with whom he's feuded; TikTok denies this  —  The celebrity blogger was banned from TikTok on Saturday in a move he said was influenced by the app's biggest stars.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Condé Nast names Anna Wintour chief content officer, in charge of its brands worldwide and of Vogue's 25 global editions; she will remain EIC of Vogue US  —  Longtime editor to take charge of global editorial operations after a year punctuated by layoffs and diversity issues
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sign an exclusive multiyear deal to host and produce podcasts for Spotify via their production company Archewell Audio  —  - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are getting into podcasting.  — Spotify announced Tuesday it has signed a multiyear deal with Prince Harry …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNBC let correspondents like Rick Santelli speak their minds on issues in the past but may now require rules of decorum as it becomes a part of NBCU News Group  —  Rick Santelli, the veteran CNBC correspondent, recently got into an on-air spat with one of his longtime colleagues.
Discussion: @bristei and @jbflint
Sources: PMC plans to merge back end operations of Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Vibe, including ad sales, marketing, and brand partnerships  —  Penske Media Corp. (PMC) is planning to merge the back end functions of three of the top music news publishers in the U.S., according to two sources familiar with the company's plans.
Eben Novy-Williams /
DAZN has sold Sporting News, of one of US's oldest sports publication, to Pax Holdings and several other soccer news sites for $100M+ to a group backed by TPG  —  Sports streaming service DAZN has sold Sporting News, one of America's oldest sports publications, to British family office PAX Holdings.
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Common Sense Networks is launching Sensical, a free, ad-supported streaming service for kids aged 2-12, early next year, starting with 15K short-form videos  —  Sensical, Eric Berger's first project as Common Sense Networks CEO, will launch early next year  —  Eric Berger, who oversaw …
Discussion: Variety
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Kelly McBride / Poynter:
Profile of NPR's Code Switch podcast, named Apple Podcasts' first “Show of the Year” for 2020 for its coverage of BLM protests, the pandemic, and the election
Jake Lahut / Business Insider:
Newsmax will refer to Biden as “president-elect” after weeks of Trump praising them for refusing to do so
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Samsung Ads, Samsung's smart TV ad sales group, launches Samsung Measurement, which will provide data for linear and streaming ads
Discussion: AdExchanger, Adweek and Beet.TV
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sports podcast company Blue Wire, which hosts 140+ podcasts, raises $5M Series A; it focuses on minority and female voices, and 35% of its podcasters are POC
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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
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
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