Nieman Lab: The Daily Digest
On women in top jobs, the Financial Times continues to be an unexpected leader
ZORA / Lynzy Billing
Afghan female journalists fight for their place in the newsroom →

“A systemic failure is creating a gaping hole in the country’s foreign coverage, in which the genders are largely separated. Afghan women’s stories are being largely reported by Afghan men and foreign reporters and reach the general public through the filters of Western media gatekeepers.”

Digiday / Deanna Ting
Google’s latest search results change further blurs what’s an ad →

“Beginning Jan. 13, Google redesigned its desktop search experience to feature favicons, or preferred icons. For organic results, users will see favicons, or a brand’s icon next to the url. For ads, they will see a bolded black ad label next to the url that looks similar to a favicon.”

The New York Times / Robert D. McFadden
Jim Lehrer, longtime PBS News anchor, is dead at 85 →

“A low-key, courtly Texan who worked on Dallas newspapers in the 1960s and began his PBS career in the 1970s, Mr. Lehrer saw himself as ‘a print/word person at heart’ and his program as a kind of newspaper for television, with high regard for balanced and objective reporting. He was an oasis of civility in a news media that thrived on excited headlines, gotcha questions and noisy confrontations.” / Marcela Kunova
Meet BIRD: a new platform to support investigative journalists in southeastern Europe →

“Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has created a new tool — BIRD — to provide resources and legal assistance to journalists in the region while reporting on and documenting attacks on the media.”

The Morning Context / Harveen Ahluwalia
Bloomberg TV’s Indian woes seem to have no end →
“The BQ fiasco is Bloomberg’s third—and most expensive—failed attempt to build a TV brand in the country. India also remains the only market that Bloomberg TV has entered and has not been able to make a mark.”
Variety / Brian Steinberg
Angelina Jolie is producing a BBC show to help kids spot misinformation →

“Producers see the show as a tool to help young audiences, who are allowed to roam on many social-media outlets, but come across all kinds of news content aimed at adults, yet have less of a grasp about how to distinguish content by levels of quality.”

The New Yorker / Isaac Chotiner
Glenn Greenwald on Brazil’s charges against him →
“I think that what a lot of people are not fully understanding about Brazil is that there are a lot of people in the government, beginning with the President himself, who explicitly want a resurrection of the military dictatorship that ruled the country until 1985. They are not joking about it.”
CNN / Eliza Mackintosh and Swati Gupta
How Twitter became so toxic for India’s women politicians →

“Trolling has become embedded in the fabric of political life globally, but perhaps nowhere more than in India, home to the world’s biggest democracy. Modi, second only to President Donald Trump as the most followed world leader on Twitter, has been slammed by members of the public and opposition politicians for following trolls from his personal account. And his party has frequently been accused of operating a ‘troll army,’ which critics say targets Modi’s opponents — especially prominent female figures — with sexual harassment and abuse.”

Quartz / Olivia Goldhill
How YouTube shields advertisers (not viewers) from harmful videos →
“When it comes to prohibiting hate speech on YouTube in general, the company has a looser set of community guidelines, with a slightly narrower definition of hate speech than in advertising guidelines.”
Local News Initiative / Mark Jacob
The Salt Lake Tribune’s editor expects a lot of newspapers to join it in nonprofit status →
“The short-term piece is to expand our reader revenue, to expand our audiences — Utah is a growing state with a booming economy. And we just need to make sure that people understand the unique role that we play in this ecosystem. But the long-term plan is to build up the endowment to throw off enough money to sustain local news, not just the Tribune but elsewhere.”
Via Fuego: What the future-of-news crowd is talking about today around the web
From Judy Woodruff: Longtime PBS NewsHour Anchor and Co-Founder Jim Lehrer Has Passed Away at 85
Washington, DC (January 23, 2020) -- It is with great sadness that I share the news that co-founder and longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour Jim Lehrer died today, Thursday, January 23, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home. Lehrer, born May 19, 1934, served as anchor of the NewsHour for 36 years before retiring in 2011.
Regime Critic Says Saudis Tried to Kidnap Him on U.S. Soil
A suspected agent of the Saudi government attempted to kidnap a regime critic on American soil, according to the critic and multiple U.S. and foreign sources familiar with the episode. The young Saudi man says the FBI saved him from becoming the next Jamal Khashoggi.
Troll armies, ‘deepfake’ porn videos and violent threats. How Twitter became so toxic for India’s women politicians
Women politicians in India face high levels of harassment, including sexist abuse from organized "troll armies," discouraging their political participation, new Amnesty International study finds.
Snapchat’s political ad disclosure once again shows the limits of self-regulation
Like Google, Facebook and Twitter, Snapchat now has an online political ad library. That's good news: every technology company that accept money to run issues and campaign ads should have a political ad file - particularly one that has aspirations to be a bigger hub for political news and civic activity for the biggest generation...
‘Extreme vetting’ of Iranians crossing Canada-U.S. border was local directive: CBP whistleblower
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer says the "extreme vetting" of dozens of people with Iranian backgrounds attempting to cross the border into Washington state earlier this month was a local initiative directed by the officer's managers in Blaine, Wash.
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