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6:40 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.
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Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix leads Oscars with 24 nominations, in part due to The Irishman's 10 nods, including best picture; Disney came second with 23 nods, followed by Sony's 20  —  Can Netflix translate awards nominations to wins this time?  That'll be the question in the entertainment industry …
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
Discussion: Washington Post, Slate 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 https://twitter.com/...
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Declassified docs: UK government secretly funded Reuters in 60s and 70s as part of its anti-Soviet propaganda efforts, via increased BBC subscription payments  —  LONDON (Reuters) - The British government secretly funded Reuters in the 1960s and 1970s at the behest of an anti-Soviet propaganda unit linked …
Discussion: BBC
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 …
Howard Polskin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of NewsBusters, a website with dozens of contributors that watch national news media and write about the segments they allege show bias toward liberals  —  Every morning at seven, Kyle Drennen, thirty-four, settles into his living room in suburban Fairfax, Virginia, with a bowl of cereal and turns on NBC.
Discussion: @mathewi
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!):
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.
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 and New York Post
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Tribune says it's offering voluntary buyouts to staff with eight or more years of service, to avoid “company-wide reductions of the workforce as a last resort”  —  Tribune Publishing, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune and the struggling New York Daily News …
Discussion: CNN and Chicago Tribune
 
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