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8:30 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
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.
Freedom of the Press Foundation:
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 …
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.
LaToya Drake / The Keyword:
The Google News Initiative is funding 33 projects in the second round of its North American Innovation Challenge, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion  —  Today we are announcing an important list of projects selected for the second round of the Google News Initiative's North American Innovation Challenge.
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Vox Media Studios plans to double its programming slate to 20 shows and generate $100M in revenue in 2021  —  Vox Media Studios, the video and audio production arm of Vox Media, is planning to bring in $100 million in 2021 revenue while producing twice as many shows as 2020 …
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: Deadline, Context is King and Variety
Joe Otterson / Variety:
HBO's Casey Bloys says they will honor Dave Chappelle's request and remove Chappelle's Show from HBO Max at the end of the year  —  HBO Max is honoring a request by Dave Chappelle to remove “Chappelle's Show” from the streaming service at the end of this year. … “We had a conversation with Dave.
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 …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The New Yorker added an editor's note to a 2018 story on a company supplying actors who replace missing family members, but the story should have been retracted
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Sources: PMC plans to merge back end operations of Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Vibe, including ad sales, marketing, and brand partnerships
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
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