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8:35 AM ET, March 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
A look at how media outlets are responding to COVID-19: remote work and interviews, shifting conferences to virtual forums, talk show tapings without audiences  —  Newsrooms are creating contingency plans to make sure that they can adequately inform the public about the novel coronavirus while keeping their own employees safe.
Discussion: CNBC, Ad Age and Page Six
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
As multiple news outlets adopt work-from-home policies, CBS News' president says two employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and offices will be cleaned  —  (UPDATED WITH NBC NEWS STATEMENT) With a number of members of the media in America and around the globe already sequestered due …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch, who at 89 still exerts influence at Fox News, could save lives and viewers by ordering the network to emphasize the seriousness of COVID-19  —  The insidious feedback loop between President Trump and Fox News is no secret.  —  When Trump says “jump,” the network leaps into action.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Never has conservative media's contempt for facts and science been more dangerous, as Fox News puts lives at risk by minimizing the danger from coronavirus  —  President Trump has been widely and correctly excoriated for the way he is dealing with the novel coronavirus.  By minimizing the danger, he heightens it.
Source: Brian Lesser has resigned as chief executive of AT&T's advertising unit Xandr, which launched a TV ad-buying tool earlier Wednesday  —  (Reuters) - Brian Lesser, chief executive of AT&T Inc advertising unit Xandr, has resigned, according to a source familiar with the matter …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
AT&T's Xandr says AMC Networks, WarnerMedia, and Disney joined Xandr Invest, its self-serve ad-buying platform, which will be available for 2020 “upfronts”  —  Battle lines are being drawn in the ongoing quest to lure advertisers to new kinds of TV commercials.
A look at the unprecedented crisis that media conglomerates like Disney face because of COVID-19, as streaming companies face obstacles to producing content  —  The cancellation of SXSW on March 6 due to the coronavirus epidemic sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How local newspapers in San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Philadelphia are covering coronavirus, which has become a local story  —  When global becomes local:  —  On Thursday, Feb. 27, journalists at The Seattle Times held a meeting to talk about how they'd cover the coronavirus.
Reporters Without Borders:
On the one-year anniversary of the last official, televised White House press briefing, RSF calls on the Trump administration to re-establish daily briefings  —  One year since the last official White House press briefing, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published on March 11 an analysis …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Investigation finds that books dominating Amazon's search results on COVID-19 are often plagiarized from news outlets, with authors lacking verifiable IDs  —  The listings highlight the challenge that Amazon has faced as consumers have turned to the company for a variety of goods and information.
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting two women  —  NEW YORK — The once-powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting two women.  —  In its landmark verdict on Feb. 24 …
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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says it will enable ads on a limited number of videos about coronavirus, including from some news partners and creators who accurately self-certify
Christopher Vourlias / Variety:
Purely Capital, which wants to automate, streamline, and standardize the process of financing film and TV production, launches with $150M in funding
UK says it will abolish its 20% tax on online newspapers, magazines, and journals along with e-books on December 1
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Doug Haddix / IRE:
An attendee of IRE's NICAR conference in New Orleans has tested presumptively positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms, and is self-quarantining for 14 days
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Due to COVID-19, Sunday's debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will be held without an in-person audience, and CNN won't host a press center or spin room