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6:45 PM ET, December 2, 2021

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Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
BuzzFeed News' union holds a walkout after two years of contract negotiations, as shareholders approve a plan to take the company public via a SPAC  —  BuzzFeed shareholders will vote today to take the company public via a merger with a special-purpose-acquisition company, or SPAC.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: BuzzFeed is expected to receive a fraction of the $287.5M held by the SPAC it is merging with as some investors pull out  —  The withdrawals are expected to substantially reduce digital media outlet's cash on hand; BuzzFeed is expected to receive a fraction of the $287.5 million held by SPAC
Carlos Greer / New York Post:
Ex-Shape staffers say they worked 375 unpaid overtime hours on the new Sweet July magazine, were laid off, and then asked to return as temps for the next issue  —  Laid-off Meredith staffers have soured on the publishing company's new Sweet July magazine — helmed by Food Network star Ayesha Curry.
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists and activists worry Twitter's new privacy policy will be weaponized and make their jobs harder, due to vague terms like “the public interest”  —  On Tuesday, Twitter said it is expanding its privacy policy to include what the company calls “private media.”
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Two Georgia election workers sue the far-right website Gateway Pundit for defamation over its false claims that the two manipulated ballots in 2020  —  The two Georgia workers were falsely accused of manipulating ballots by Trump allies and right-wing news sites.  Election officials said the workers did nothing wrong.
Caroline Davies / The Guardian:
Associated Newspapers, which owns the Mail on Sunday, loses its appeal for publishing Meghan Markle's letter to her estranged father, its second loss this year  —  ANL had brought appeal after duchess sued publisher over articles relating to letter she sent to estranged father
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Meta adds £5.9M over two years and 18 trainee spots to its UK Community News Project, which pays for reporters' salaries and training  —  Meta, the tech giant behind Facebook, is putting an additional £5.9m into its Community News Project collaboration in the UK over the next two years.
Alistair Gray / Financial Times:
The Rothermeres raise their bid to take Daily Mail and General Trust private by £35M, valuing the publisher at £2.75B; shareholders must decide by December 16  —  Family's ‘final’ bid raises offer by £35m and, including dividends, values DMGT at about £2.75bn
Discussion: Reuters, Bloomberg and The Guardian
Washington Post:
A coalition of news outlets sides with Steve Bannon in fighting to keep court documents public ahead of his case for refusing to testify before Congress  —  A coalition of news organizations, including The Washington Post, has sided with former Trump White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon …
Jack Suntrup / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Emails: Missouri officials planned to thank the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for finding a data vulnerability before they threatened a reporter, calling him a hacker  —  JEFFERSON CITY — Before blaming the Post-Dispatch, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was preparing to thank …
Radhika Anilkumar / Reuters:
Canadian video platform Rumble, popular with right-wing users, will go public via a SPAC at a $2.1B valuation and expects to raise around $400M  —  Canadian video platform Rumble Inc said on Wednesday it would go public by merging with blank-check firm CF Acquisition Corp VI (CFVI.O) at an initial enterprise value of $2.1 billion.
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Associated Press:
Ogden Newspapers acquires Swift Communications' local newspapers in the US West; the deal is set to close on December 31
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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The Verge:
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