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6:55 AM ET, December 9, 2022


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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
After stalled talks, about 1,100 New York Times staff walked out on a 24-hour strike at midnight on December 8; the last union contract expired in March 2021  —  New York CNN Business —  A 24-hour strike at The New York Times, a historic demonstration in which more than 1,100 employees …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
With 1,100+ staff on strike, NYT editors are publishing long-held stories and flexing dormant reporting muscles, but won't likely match the usual volume of copy  —  More than 1,100 unionized New York Times staffers are intending to embark on a 24-hour strike today, leaving editors …
The Nation:
Over 150 members of the Freelance Solidarity Project pledge not to cross the NYT Guild's picket line, noting that the devaluation of media jobs affects them too  —  The resurgence of American labor organizing has relied on solidarity beyond the bargaining unit—and that's what we're offering.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
After Bari Weiss shared screenshots of internal systems, Twitter's trust and safety head Ella Irwin says “reporters were not accessing user DMs”  —  Elon Musk is giving outside writers unprecedented access to internal Twitter Inc. information, instructing the current head of trust …
Kali Hays / Insider:
Sources: Bari Weiss was added to Twitter's Slack and given a company laptop and access to employee systems; a source says the access is generally just for staff  —  - CEO Elon Musk has made some dramatic changes to Twitter since taking over five weeks ago.  — Amid layoffs, firings …
Sources: Rebekah Mercer is looking to sell her Breitbart News stake, in which her family invests in the mid-seven figures each year; Breitbart denies the story  —  After defining the alt-right and MAGA in 2016, the culture seemed to move on from Breitbart.  Now the Mercers have, too.
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Nic Newman / Reuters Institute:
A report on the top news publishers using TikTok in 44 countries: 49% post regularly, adoption is uneven, the process of getting verified is opaque, and more  —  3. How and why publishers are moving onto TikTok |  4. TikTok's ‘magic’ algorithm - how it works |  5. What strategies are publishers pursuing on TikTok?
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Debunking claims on Twitter's handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story, including that Twitter engaged in election interference or violated the First Amendment  —  Hello!  Someone has referred you to this post because you've said something quite wrong about Twitter and how it handled something to do with Hunter Biden's laptop.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC Director General Tim Davie says the broadcaster is preparing to shut down its linear TV and radio broadcasts over the next decade, shifting to online-only  —  Tim Davie outlines vision for a world of ‘infinite choice’ where broadcast TV and radio are being switched off
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
Like reporters in Texas and Florida after recent storms, staff at The Pilot in North Carolina covered a county power outage while lacking electricity themselves  —  Journalists at the Pilot were finalizing coverage Saturday night of a drag show targeted by protesters, when they spotted social media chatter about a power outage.
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
Q&A with longtime Chinese translator Brendan O'Kane on the fundamental issues with ProPublica and Vanity Fair's translations in their COVID-19 lab leak report  —  A talk with a longtime translator, on why Mandarin does not include a ‘super-secret version’ for discussing government plans.
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