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3:15 PM ET, January 13, 2020


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Bethany Minelle / Sky News:
2020 Oscars nominees are the least diverse since the 2015 #OscarsSoWhite backlash, with no female best director nominees and only one black nominee for acting  —  It's the least diverse line-up since the #OscarsSoWhite backlash in 2015, after which the academy diversified their membership.
Patrick Cremona / Radio Times:
Joker leads Oscars with 11 nods including best picture, becoming the most nominated comic-book movie ever, surpassing The Dark Night's 8 nominations in 2009  —  The 11 nominations scored by Todd Phillips' film surpassed the record set by Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight more than a decade ago
Discussion: Slate, Los Angeles Times and Slate
Joshua Benton / @jbenton:
[Thread] A rebuttal of Lawrence Lessig's newly filed lawsuit against the NYT, in which he alleges that a headline and opening paragraph in a story defames him  —  This is just so disappointing: @lessig is suing The New York Times for the new legal category of “clickbait defamation.” 1/x
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
VA lawmakers propose a bill that would limit public high school administrations' ability to censor student journalists, following similar laws in other states  —  Kate Karstens knew she'd nailed the story when the Yale-bound son of a school board member confessed to skipping class more than two dozen times — without consequences.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Behind the bipartisan bill that would exempt news orgs from antitrust laws to let them band together in negotiating with tech giants  —  Lawmakers from both parties blame companies like Facebook and Google for the struggles of local newspapers.  —  CORNELIA, Ga. — When a sport utility vehicle swerved …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Fox Television Stations debuts Fox Soul, an ad-based online channel aimed at African Americans with live original talk and informational shows from 6-10PM PT  —  Fox Television Stations has unveiled Fox Soul, an ad-supported streaming channel that blends original talk and lifestyle series …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Study: 53% of international publishers say daily news podcasts will be important in 2020, and 50% say reader revenue will be the most important income source  —  Nieman Lab's not the only one that does predictions for 2020 (oh hey, check out our predictions for 2020!):
Matt Stieb / New York Magazine:
President Trump tweeted on Sunday that Iran should “let reporters roam free”, in a rare show of support for the press  —  One of the many curiosities of the first Twitter presidency is Trump's direct outreach to the Iranian people online.  After an apparent de-escalation …
Discussion: Breitbart, New York Post and
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Profile of Brianne Pfannenstiel, The Des Moines Register's chief political correspondent, whose role is pivotal in part due to the importance of the Iowa caucus  —  Every four years, the top political correspondent at The Des Moines Register has a big role to play.  Now it's Brianne Pfannenstiel's turn.
Mariella Brown / Society of Editors:
Every national UK newspaper editor and several regional and broadcast editors sign an open letter calling on Boris Johnson to review changes to daily briefings  —  An open letter signed by every national newspaper editor as well as several prominent regional and broadcast editors has been sent …
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