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1:05 AM ET, December 10, 2021

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Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
The Association of American Publishers sues Maryland, saying a new e-book law requiring publishers to offer reasonable terms to libraries violates copyright law  —  The Association of American Publishers filed suit December 9 to stop a new library e-book law in Maryland from taking effect on January 1 …
The Quad City Times:
Lee Enterprises' board of directors unanimously rejects Alden's unsolicited, nonbinding takeover offer for $24 per share as it “grossly undervalues Lee”  —  Lee Enterprises, the owner of The World-Herald and numerous other Nebraska newspapers, on Thursday announced that its board …
Michael Conte / CNN:
US Secretary of State Blinken announces a “liability fund” for news outlets sued over their work and financial support for independent international journalism  —  (CNN)The US will provide new funding to protect reporters targeted because of their work and support independent …
Arlene Getz / Committee to Protect Journalists:
The global number of jailed journalists 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 …
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Universal Pictures plans to stream most of its 2022 films on Peacock 45 days after debuting in theaters; existing deals with theater chains remain unchanged  —  Streaming service Peacock is hoping to get a boost from movies made by its corporate sibling, movie studio Universal Pictures.
Richard J. Tofel / Second Rough Draft:
BuzzFeed was still right to publish the largely discredited Steele Dossier, because it was well-circulated in Washington and central elements were accurate  —  Even with its inaccuracies and suspect motives, the public needed to know what the dossier said.  —  Welcome to Second Rough Draft …
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Starting in early 2022, video clips from Vox Media's Pivot podcast will air exclusively on Salesforce+ for 72 hours; Salesforce will sponsor Pivot video in 2022  —  The tech podcast Pivot will share four exclusive clips weekly on the ‘Netflix for business content’
Mia Galuppo / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix announces Tudum, a website for consumer news about renewals and release dates, adding to social channels like Strong Black Lead and its magazine Queue  —  A new website, Tudum, will host news like renewals and consumer content about series and films, marking the latest editorial effort by the streaming giant.
Bailey Lipschultz / Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed stock plunges another 24% on Thursday, its fourth consecutive day closing at a record low; it has lost about 40% in market cap since its SPAC merger  —  BuzzFeed Inc.'s plunge after leaping into the public market earlier this week is accelerating.  —  Shares of the digital media …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Paramount+ launches 18 themed channels streaming 24 hours per day, akin to Pluto TV, initially without ads, even for its ad-supported Essential tier  —  Paramount Plus is taking a page from ViacomCBS's Pluto TV streaming service with the launch of 18 linear channels that let subscribers surf through always …
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Caitlin Petre / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interviews with staff at Chartbeat, NYT, and Gawker from 2011-2015 show how journalism's conflicting mandates complicate interpreting and using traffic metrics
Isabella Simonetti / Observer:
Internal email: Dow Jones plans to launch the “WSJ Commerce Initiative” with a shopping site like Wirecutter in 2022, with a staff separate from the newsroom
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The Wirecutter Union files an unfair labor charge with the NLRB after learning that the NYT withheld holiday pay from striking workers
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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
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
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%+
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