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10:45 AM ET, December 9, 2021


 Top News: 
The Quad City Times:
Lee Enterprises' board of directors unanimously rejects Alden's takeover offer as it “grossly undervalues Lee”  —  Lee Enterprises, the owner of The World-Herald and numerous other Nebraska newspapers, on Thursday announced that its board of directors has unanimously rejected the unsolicited …
Arlene Getz / Committee to Protect Journalists:
The global number of journalists jailed reached a record of 293 in 2021 so far, up from 280 in 2020; at least 24 journalists were killed over their coverage  —  The number of journalists jailed around the world set another record in 2021.  Invoking new tech and security laws …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Roku says it has agreed to a multi-year extension with Google for distributing YouTube and YouTube TV apps on its devices; Roku's stock is up 18%+  —  Roku and Google have agreed to a multi-year extension for both YouTube and YouTube TV apps to be distributed on Roku.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
A look at Twitter's Project Guardian, which lets moderators respond quickly when journalists and other highly visible users are targeted with harassment  —  ‘Project Guardian’ aims to protect prominent tweeters from abuse, harassment  —  Twitter Inc.'s highest-profile users …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Time will reveal its Person of the Year on YouTube on Monday, after previously unveiling it on NBC, and will add new categories including Heroes of the Year  —  After making the reveal for years on NBC, the magazine looks to expand the franchise through the digital video giant.
Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
RSF report details the worsening treatment of journalists in China: “media culture worthy of the Maoist era”, Hong Kong journalism is “in freefall”, and more  —  Reporters Without Borders calls increasing media oppression in China a ‘great leap backwards’ and says Hong Kong journalism is ‘in freefall’
Jon Lafayette /
OpenAP launches XPm, a framework that provides advertisers with cross-platform audience metrics and allows them to pick which measurement provider they use  —  Comscore, iSpot, Nielsen, VideoAmp, 605 and Innovid participating  —  OpenAP, the advanced advertising company, said it launched XPm …
Discussion: Variety, Ad Age, PR Newswire and Beet.TV
Sam Kille / Report for America:
Report for America adds nearly 70 new host newsroom partners, expanding into more rural communities and continuing its focus on education beats  —  Nonprofit service program looks to grow reporting corps to 325 in 2022  —  (See the newly-selected newsrooms and beats here)
Study: 92.6% of websites with tier-one ad spend place at least one tracker on users' devices before gaining their consent, suggesting they may be violating GDPR  —  European Union law on cookie consent is clear: a person should be given a simple choice to accept or reject being tracked by advertisers on publisher sites.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
OANN owner and founder Robert Herring contradicts his son, OANN President Charles Herring, saying the company does not support Joe Biden's FCC nominee Gigi Sohn  —  One America News Network is pulling an about-face after the far-right news network seemed to endorse President Joe Biden's nominee …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
A researcher who listened to 350+ hours of The Joe Rogan Experience says COVID-19 misinformation has become its central core and Spotify should moderate it
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
Sources: GB News, whose debut was beset with problems, is mulling exporting its broadcasting model to Germany, Italy, Spain, and Poland through joint ventures
Washington Post:
A Paris prosecutor says the man held as a suspect in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was released after the police could not confirm they detained the right man
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
A look at Trump Media & Technology Group, which lacks a product, users, publicly identified executives, and revenue, and its merger with DWAC, valued at $1.85B
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
As book publicity avenues have shrunk, social media followings are increasingly important for getting book deals, but they're an unreliable predictor of sales
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The 19th hires Julia Chan, managing editor of digital at public broadcaster KQED, as EIC starting January 10, replacing Andrea Valdez, who moved to The Atlantic
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The Senate confirms Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the FCC, the first female chair in the agency's history, in a 68 to 31 vote
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Yamiche Alcindor is joining NBC News' Washington team in March; she will give up her PBS NewsHour duties but remain the moderator of PBS' Washington Week