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9:50 AM ET, November 9, 2021


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
The labor beat is hot again, both at legacy news outlets and at mission-driven ones like NY-focused The Chief-Leader, whose new owner plans to double staff  —  At a moment of political turmoil, economic change and a pandemic-driven focus on how we work, labor has become a hot news beat.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Wirecutter staff to strike around Black Friday, the site's busiest time of the year, to protest NYT's refusal to agree to significant guaranteed wage raises  —  Journalists at the New York Times Co.'s Wirecutter unit plan to strike during the product review website's peak traffic period around Black Friday …
Maria Verza / Associated Press:
Mexican prosecutors say they've arrested a businessman on charges of using Pegasus spyware to spy on a journalist  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors said Monday they have arrested a businessman on charges he used the Pegasus spyware to spy on a journalist.
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Report: the BBC's license fee could be frozen for 2022 and 2023 to stop it from rising with inflation, hurting the BBC's ability to compete with big streamers  —  The BBC looks set to have its funding frozen for the next two years in a major blow to the corporation's ability to compete with the big players.
Illia Ponomarenko / @iaponomarenko:
Kyiv Post, Ukraine's only major newspaper in English, closes; staff say they were all fired after resisting attempts to infringe on editorial independence  —  BREAKING! @KyivPost has been killed. As simple as that. Today is officially the last day of Ukraine's only major English-language newspaper. We are all fired. This is what we all have to say about this situation. Please, please share to spread the word arond.
Barbara Allen / Poynter:
A 148-year-old Georgia weekly was about to close so its publisher could retire, but UGA's journalism school is taking it over and making it a capstone class  —  The publisher of The Oglethorpe Echo planned to shut the paper down so he could retire.  A phone call to the college saved it.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Indictment of Steele dossier source doubles as a critique of Rachel Maddow and media outlets like WSJ, whose initial scoop cited a single anonymous source  —  MSNBC host Rachel Maddow in December 2017 aired a special report on the Trump-Russia dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
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Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
PEN America: 11 proposed state bills this year restricting the teaching of critical race theory explicitly ban lessons based on The New York Times' 1619 Project
Irena Hwang / ProPublica:
How a ProPublica data journalist with a bioinformatics background used public genomic sequencing data to track a salmonella outbreak in the US chicken industry
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Leyland Cecco / The Guardian:
A look at the messy public feud inside Canada's Rogers Communications between mother and son, as questions linger over who in the Rogers family should take over
Sarah Gooding / WP Tavern:
A recently unredacted antitrust complaint says AMP pages brought 40% less revenue to publishers, partly due to Google throttling load times of non-AMP ads
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Imax had its biggest October with $117M in sales as premium large formats benefit from blockbusters like Dune despite streaming and shortened theatrical windows
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