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7:50 AM ET, January 14, 2020

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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/...
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Annette Thomas named CEO of Guardian Media Group, parent company of the Guardian and the Observer; she will start in March  —  Annette Thomas will take up role at Guardian and Observer parent company in March  —  The former head of one of the world's largest specialist publishers …
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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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: @jeremyduns, @margarita, @emilybell and BBC
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Workers in G/O Media's union urge the company's private-equity owners to replace CEO Jim Spanfeller, claiming his leadership led to less traffic, more turnover  —  The employees, who work for websites including Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Jezebel, say that the management has led to decreased readership and increased turnover
Jiri Skacel / Reuters:
Former soldier admitted killing Slovakian investigative journalist Jan Kuciak two years ago in court on Monday  —  PEZINOK, Slovakia (Reuters) - A former soldier admitted in court on Monday killing a Slovakian journalist whose murder two years ago led to anti-corruption protests that brought …
Discussion: Press Gazette
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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!):
 
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