The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday, 1.21.2016

Facebook builds Sports Stadium; How the Academy will improve nominee diversity; Visa appoints marcomms chief; The view from Davos and the campaign trail; Vice looks at the press tour for 13 Hours.

What to watch on Sunday, during the NFL’s conference championships
Keep one eye on Facebook’s new Sports Stadium product, which the social network will roll out during the AFC and NFC championship games. The game hub will include updates, stats, and live commentary from experts, as well as content from other fans.

How the Academy will improve diversity at the Oscars
The organization that runs the Academy Awards could announce steps to improve diversity among its Oscar nominees as soon as next week. It is reportedly considering expanding the list of Best Picture nominees to 10 and changing its voting and membership procedures.

Visa’s new marcomms chief
The payments company named Lynne Biggar as its chief marketing and communications officer on Wednesday, filling in Antonio Lucio’s former role. She was previously EVP of consumer marketing at Time Inc. and also worked at American Express.

Inside the press tour for 13 Hours
Vice looks at the media tour promoting the film, which depicts the September 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The people behind the campaign say they’re trying to keep it non-political; many aren't convinced. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed examines the NSA’s pushback against Enemy of the State in 1998.

Thursday at Davos
Lally Weymouth, whose family owned The Washington Post says Jeff Bezos is doing an excellent job running the newspaper. More tension between US-based tech giants and foreign governments over surveillance. Alphabet says it is focused on creating long-term growth.

From the campaign trail
Bill Clinton is getting more involved in his wife’s campaign, saying the nomination fight is tougher than she expected. NYT: Donald Trump is forcing Ted Cruz to rewrite his playbook. Ben Carson to resume campaigning on Thursday after volunteer’s death.

Weibo: ‘That’s a good idea, Twitter'
The Chinese microblogging platform said Wednesday that it is also planning to drop its 140-character limit, sort of like Twitter did weeks ago. Weibo, which is a subsidiary of China’s Sina Corp., will begin testing the new format later this month. 

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