Disney’s promotion machine is on full blast for Friday’s release of ‘Star Wars: A Force Awakens.’ Will the film live up to the hype?
Kristen Hare, Poynter: “Bloomberg Business made some data journalism our of ‘Star Wars’”
Jeremy Scott Diamond, Mark Glassman, Chandra Illick & Chloe Whiteaker, Bloomberg Business: “Star Wars: The force accounted”
Brian Lowry, Variety: “’Star Wars’ fans and the media: It’s a trap!”
Don Steinberg, Wall Street Journal: “Fans’ love-hate relationship with the Star Wars franchise”
Blake Hennon, Los Angeles Times: “Is it Wookie or Wookiee? The Times’ definitive ‘Star Wars’ style guide”
Angela Dawson, AdWeek: “How a mom-and-pop creamery in Brooklyn became the official ice cream of Star Wars”
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: “’Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ stares down a mountain of hype”
Geoff Livingston & Jason Mollica: “How Disney revved up the Star Wars marketing machine”
Time staff, TIME: “Turn any TIME story into the beginning of Star Wars”
Who owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal?
Who owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal? Someone paid $140 million in cash for Nevada’s largest newspaper, but no one knows who that someone is. The rather unusual situation has staffers demanding answers.
Michael Calderone, Huffington Post: “Las Vegas Review-Journal staff launch Twitter campaign urging new owner to come forward”
Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “Reporters in Las Vegas try to crack the case of who owns their newspaper”
Dan Primack, Fortune: “Koch brothers deny buying Las Vegas newspaper”
James DeHaven, Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Unidentified buyer paid $140 million for Las Vegas Review-Journal”
Howard Stutz & Jennifer Robison, Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Las Vegas Review-Journal sold to News + Media Capital Group LLC”
D.B. Hebbard, Talking New Media: “New Media sells Las Vegas Review-Journal only months after acquiring property”
What was Scalia saying?
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made comments during oral arguments in an affirmative action case last week that are said to have caused gasps in the courtroom. Were those comments racist? Or meant to probe lawyers to defend their position better?
Alex Griswold, Mediaite: “Media jumps the gun, attacks Scalia for a perfectly reasonable question”
Lyle Dennison, SCOTUSblog: “Argument analysis: Now, three options on college affirmative action”
Tina Nguyen, Vanity Fair: “Scalia’s comment on black students draws gasps in Supreme Court”
Robert Barnes, Washington Post: “Court divided over University of Texas race-conscious admissions”
Adam Liptak, New York Times: “Supreme Court justices’ comments don’t bode well for affirmative action”
Michael McGough, Los Angeles Times: “No, Scalia’s comment about ‘less-advanced’ schools wasn’t racist”
Season two of the popular podcast 'Serial' is here. Now we know, the story centers on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Army soldier left his post and spent five years held captive by the Taliban. Now he faces court martial.
Richard A. Oppel Jr. & John Koblin, New York Times: “Bowe Bergdahl case at center of ‘Serial’ season 2”
Willa Frej, Huffington Post: “Serial’s second season starts and it’s quite different from its first”
Fiona Sturges, The Independent: “Podcast returns with gripping, confident storytelling as Sarah Koenig takes on Bowe Bergdahl case”
Michelle Dean, The Guardian: “Serial season two: Is it just a trailer for the Bowe Bergdahl movie?”
Seija Rankin, E! Online: “Sarah Koenig doesn’t think fans are going to be excited by Serial Season 2”
Questioning Julian Assange
The governments of Ecuador and Sweden have reached an agreement that will pave the way for Swedish officials to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. He is accused of rape and has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid those charges.
PA, The Telegraph: “Deal could see Julian Assange questioned by Swedish officials inside embassy”
Cynthia Kroet, POLITICO: “Sweden to question Julian Assange”
James Ball, BuzzFeed: “Julian Assange to be questioned in embassy after Ecuador and Sweden strike deal”
Doug Bolton, The Independent: “Julian Assange: Sweden and Ecuador reach agreement for Wikileaks founder to be questioned over rape allegation”
NBC’s promotion strategy
Is NBC News promoting Lester Holt to audiences in exactly the same way it did Brian Williams?
Tod Robberson, Dallas Morning News: “NBC forgets its Brian Williams lesson as it goes all out to market Lester Holt’s exploits”