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11:15 PM ET, January 20, 2020

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New York Times:
Journalists at the Chicago Tribune say they are worried that Alden Global Capital will impose draconian cuts, as it has elsewhere, hurting local journalism  —  Journalists worry that a New York hedge fund with a big stake in the paper will impose draconian cuts, as it has elsewhere.
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Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
After weeks of hyping up its decision-making process, the NYT's verdict that “the best woman” should win the nomination has undermined itself and the candidates  —  After weeks of buildup, a slow trickle of candidate Q&A transcripts, and no less than four separate New York Times pieces …
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New York Times:
NYT backs Klobuchar and Warren for the Democratic nomination, saying it wanted to pick the most effective advocates for both moderate and progressive policies  —  THE DEMOCRATS' BEST CHOICES FOR PRESIDENT  —  American voters must choose between three sharply divergent visions of the future.
BBC:
Tony Hall to step down as Director General of the BBC in the summer, after seven years in the role  —  Tony Hall is to step down as director general of the BBC in the summer, after seven years in the role … You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Netflix will carry all 21 films from Studio Ghibli, the makers of Spirited Away, in all countries outside the US, Canada, and Japan; first batch coming Feb. 1  —  Netflix has acquired the rights to 21 feature films from the beloved Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli for all regions outside the US, Canada, and Japan.
Danielle K. Kilgo / The Conversation:
Study of 2017 Texas newspaper coverage: anti-Trump protests and women's marches got more coverage and more favorable framing than anti-racism protests  —  The new decade is just days old, but in one respect it is already shaping up like the last one: with mass protests around the world.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Josh Goldstine, who was ousted as Universal Pictures' marketing chief amid a misconduct probe, won a judgment against the studio reportedly worth ~$20M  —  The studio's former marketing chief, ousted in March 2018 amid a misconduct investigation, has won an arbitration award in the ballpark of $20 million.
Discussion: The Wrap and @thrmattbelloni
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A look at MediaReview, a proposal to create a machine-readable standard for presenting visual misinformation with categories like “missing context” and “edited”  —  One thing you learn when you start fact-checking is that, while some things are clearly true or false, there's a lot that falls in between.
The Intercept:
Court docs: after a search warrant, Facebook gave Puerto Rico private info from student news outlets; some fear it was a politically motivated search for crimes  —  As seven University of Puerto Rico students prepare to face trial in February for participating in a nonviolent protest more than two years ago …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Privacy experts criticize UK regulator for not taking action against adtech's unlawful targeted ads, saying it imposes cosmetic fixes to a systemic problem  —  The UK's data protection regulator has been slammed by privacy experts for once again failing to take enforcement action …
Discussion: MediaNama and @wolfiechristl
 
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
Interim Grammy chief says that ousted president and CEO Deborah Dugan sought millions to step down and withdraw accusations she had made against the Academy
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Ampere Analysis: 39% of Americans with internet access were paying for three or more streaming services in mid-2019, up 6% YoY
Discussion: The Streamable
Catherine Adams / Nieman Lab:
Newsrooms in Europe, inspired by the US' Pop-Up Magazine, are experimenting with live news formats, like presenting unpublished stories, in theaters
Politico:
Researchers: France Libre 24, a far-right site which looks like a French news outlet and has ~150K visitors/mo, is run by a group of Polish far-right activists
 Earlier Picks: 
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram removes the IGTV button from its home page; Sensor Tower: IGTV's standalone app was downloaded 1.1M times in the US since its launch in June 2018
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
SoundCloud's filing in the UK shows its 2018 revenue grew 19% YoY to ~$127M, with operating losses dropping to $38.7M
Discussion: Your EDM
John Koblin / New York Times:
In 2019, ~130 original nature shows aired, more than previous three years combined; BBC America Saturday viewership rose 35% after shift to wildlife programming
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook removes a network of several dozen Pages that were coordinating posts defending a Trump impeachment probe figure, which BuzzFeed first revealed in Nov.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify in early talks to buy The Ringer, founded by Bill Simmons, which has a podcast network that had revenue of $15M+ in 2018