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5:05 PM ET, January 1, 2020


 Top News: 
Scott Soshnick / Bloomberg:
Sources: Endeavor to acquire luxury events business On Location Experiences and plans to name Paul Caine as its CEO; NFL to boost stake in On Location to 20%  —  - NFL to boost stake in On Location as part of $660 million deal  —  Endeavor Group Holdings Inc., the talent agency …
Siva Vaidhyanathan / The Guardian:
Boycotting the NYT after Bret Stephens' column would be a mistake due to its important journalism; shaming is sufficient as the NYT cares about its reputation  —  Bret Stephens' article was ridiculous, eugenicist garbage.  But calls to boycott the newspaper won't help
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
In its first transparency report, TikTok says it received most requests for user data and content takedowns from India and USA, claims zero requests from China  —  The highest number of requests came from India and the US  —  TikTok released its first transparency report yesterday …
Ben Casselman / @bencasselman:
[Thread] NYT reporter tracks his source list for gender and racial diversity, concludes the effort improved his journalism and forced him to be more thoughtful  —  One of my goals this year was to be more aware of the diversity (or lack thereof) of my source list. To that end, I've been tracking (as best I can) the gender and race of everyone I quote in my stories. In the interest of accountability, some stats:
Discussion: @tcwittes and @asteadwesley
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Seven UK higher education institutions adopted the methods of BBC's 50:50 Project so that journalism students can track gender balance as they learn to report  —  The BBC is hoping to help improve the representation of women within student journalism by sharing its own methodology relating to on-air gender balance.
Discussion: @vivian
Shira Schoenberg / Union-News:
MA court rules that journalists are not liable for defamation when publishing police blotters, regardless of the accuracy of the claims in the police report  —  The editor of a University of Massachusetts student newspaper cannot be held liable for defamation for publishing information …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: BBC is seeking to settle potential equal pay cases ahead of Samira Ahmed verdict, to stop embarrassing details of its inner workings being made public  —  Broadcaster in apparent attempt to avoid repeat of tribunal embarrassment  —  The BBC has approached women who are bringing equal pay cases …
Discussion: @mrsnickyclark and @jennietweetz
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Roku's stock has increased 302% since early January, from $32.52 per share; it has been the top performing stock of the year out of all companies worth $5B+  —  It's been a wild and lucrative ride for Roku and its shareholders in 2019.  —  Roku, known for its array of streaming devices …
Discussion: CNBC
Victor Pickard / Nieman Lab:
In 2020, journalism's crisis will be seen as an opportunity to reclaim and reinvent a public good that will include more newsrooms switching to nonprofit status  —  Victor Pickard is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication.
Discussion: @ntnsndr
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Universal Music Group has sold a 10% stake to a consortium led by Tencent in a deal valuing the world's largest music company at €30B  —  Parent company Vivendi to offload 10% stake with more deals likely amid music revival  —  Universal Music Group, the home of stars including Taylor Swift …
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook has started pulling some ads about HIV prevention drugs that fact-checkers deemed misleading, after months-long pressure from LGBTQ orgs and experts
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
John Solomon's reporting for WaPo helped sink Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign, even as both men now find themselves caught up in the same scandal
Jason Hovet / Reuters:
Zoltan Andrusko, who was charged with facilitating the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, sentenced to 15 years in plea deal
 Earlier Picks: 
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Ivanka Trump should be asked tough questions as she is a senior White House adviser, but Face The Nation treated her as a political pundit and “first daughter”
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox News averaged 2.5M primetime viewers in 2019, the most in its 23-year history, making it the most-watched channel on basic cable
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Netflix releases list of the ten “most popular” shows and movies that it began streaming in the US in 2019, with its own content taking all but one of the spots
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
This year was the darkest yet for media in the Trump era, with threats of retribution, the end of White House briefings, and 50% more accusations of “fake news”