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4:30 PM ET, March 9, 2020


 Top News: 
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Twitter applied its “manipulated media” label for the first time, after a clipped video of Joe Biden was tweeted by a White House official, retweeted by Trump  —  It's the first time the social network has enforced a new policy to fight doctored videos and photos
Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
Study: only 38 among 162 large media outlets across 10 countries including UK, US, and Japan have a female EIC; in S. Africa, 47% of the top editors are women  —  At 168 largest media outlets across 10 countries only 38 had a female editor  —  Less than a quarter of top news outlets …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders' claim that the mainstream media represents the affluents' interests has merit and is distinct from Trump's attempts to coerce and control  —  The senator's sweeping critique of coverage has more merit than we in the media like to admit.  —  When a BuzzFeed News colleague …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
PGA Tour, which organizes the main men's golf tours in the US, signs a nine year deal with CBS, NBC, and ESPN; sources say the deal is worth $680M+, up 70%  —  The membership fees for TV's golf club just got a lot more expensive.  —  The PGA Tour, the organizer of the main professional men's golf tours …
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Politico, WaPo, Daily Beast, and Mother Jones ask staff who covered CPAC to self-quarantine and work remotely, after an attendee tested positive for COVID-19  —  The measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution.  —  Politico, the Washington Post, the Daily Beast …
Discussion: Washington Post and Deadline
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
A+E Networks plans virtual meetings, canceling a live presentation scheduled for March 25 as part of its annual “upfronts” due to COVID-19 concerns  —  A+E Networks said it would cancel the live presentation it had scheduled March 25 as part of the industry's annual “upfront” …
Scott Nover / Adweek:
Reddit launches Trending Takeovers, a new ad product that lets brands buy 24 hours of placement on the site's Popular feed and within its search tab  —  Advertisers can get prime placement on the Popular feed and search tab  —  Key Insights:  —  The “front page of the internet” is about to get a little more corporate.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Source: Trump told aides he's afraid journalists will try to purposefully contract coronavirus to give it to him on Air Force One  —  Publicly, he sees it as yet another ("Fake News") media war; privately, he worries about virus-carrying journalists on Air Force One.  But cancel his rallies?
All 4:
Dorothy Byrne to step down as Channel 4's Head of News & Current Affairs and take on the specially created role of Editor at Large for a year beginning May 1  —  After over 15 years leading Channel 4's multi-award-winning news and current affairs output, Dorothy Byrne has decided to step …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
To head off an Election Day debacle, reporters should ramp up scrutiny of issues like broken voting equipment, lack of polling places, unfair voter registration  —  If Election Day 2020 turns into a full-blown disaster, no one can say there weren't plenty of warning signs.
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Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Tom Brady launches 199 Productions, a multi-platform content company to develop original premium content including documentaries, feature films, and TV shows
Zack Sharf / IndieWire:
John Oliver calls out Disney's Indian streaming service Hotstar for cutting anti-Disney jokes from his HBO talk show, following the Modi episode controversy
Lissa Harris / The River:
Problems faced by local news in the Catskills, like competition with new lifestyle pubs and social media over ad dollars, are amplified by rural economic issues
 Earlier Picks: 
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political reporters shouldn't cover the coronavirus story because it's a science issue with right and wrong claims, not a two-sided battle over the narrative
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
News media publishers are using their streaming services, which have more flexible schedules than linear TV, to keep audiences up-to-date with COVID-19 coverage
Megan Graham / CNBC:
SXSW, which was scheduled for March 13-22, has been canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak