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3:40 AM ET, January 23, 2016


 Top News: 
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Academy Board Endorses Changes to Increase Diversity in Oscar Nominees and Itself  —  LOS ANGELES — Confronting a fierce protest over a second straight year of all-white Oscar acting nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday said it would make radical changes …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab: celebrates its 20th anniversary of publishing online, starting as a low-risk, low-cost experiment sourcing content from the newspaper  —  20 years ago today, debuted “on-line” on the web  —  Long before City Room, Snow Fall, NYT Now, or any other of The New York …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
National Review produces special issue with over 20 essays from conservative thinkers aiming to stop Trump's campaign  —  National Review aims to take down Trump  —  The influential magazine turns to conservative leaders to make the anti-Trump case.  —  For months, Republican leaders …
Jack Fowler / National Review:
Republican Party disinvites National Review from co-hosting February presidential debate  —  Houston, We Have a Problem  —  National Review was asked by the RNC to partner in the GOP debates.  We agreed.  Our initial partner was NBC, with whom we were to help moderate the pre-Super Tuesday debate …
Zach Schonfeld / Newsweek:
Ratter, started by ex-Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio, shuts down indefinitely amid Hogan trial  —  Tabloid News Site Ratter Shuts Down, for Now  —  Ratter, the tabloid-style media enterprise founded by ex-Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio, is shutting down indefinitely—and possibly for good.
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Gawker founder Nick Denton cedes some control to VC firm  —  The most radical change accompanying Gawker founder and CEO Nick Denton's decision to accept outside investment is the amount of control ceded to the investor, Gawker's newly-revised corporate charter reveals.
Will Carleton / Photo Archive News:
Corbis sold to Visual China Group - absorbs into Getty Images  —  So, this has been rattling around the rumour box for six months and finally we have an answer:  —  Corbis has been sold to Visual China Group ..who have a partnership with Getty Images who will now be distributing Corbis.
Nieman Reports:
Interview with co-founder Melissa Bell on ad blocking, telling stories on Snapchat, newsroom collaboration and more  —  Melissa Bell of Vox Media: “Give People the Start of Understanding”  —  elissa Bell is a journalist, technologist, and co-founder in 2014 of, a site focused on explainer journalism.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
How Chris Hughes spent $20M on offices, consultants, retreats, and parties at The New Republic  —  Chris Hughes at the New Republic: A wasteful experiment in modern design  —  As Chris Hughes prepares to unload the New Republic, he's getting criticized for being a lame mogul and a metaphorical “small person,” among other things.
Wall Street Journal:
Judge in competency lawsuit rules geriatric psychiatrist can examine Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone  —  Judge Rules Sumner Redstone Can Be Examined by Doctor in Competency Suit  —  Decision related to lawsuit by former girlfriend who says the controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS can't care for himself
Ali Jaafar / Deadline:
Netflix to finance and distribute five new films and launch them simultaneously in 190 countries  —  Netflix Expands Global Indie Strategy With Slate Of New Features  —  EXCLUSIVE: As the film world converges on Park City on the eve of Sundance, Netflix is expanding its global indie film strategy …
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