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8:10 AM ET, March 13, 2020

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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.
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Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Publishers from the NYT to Bloomberg, WSJ, LAT, The Atlantic, and McClatchy drop their paywalls for coronavirus coverage  —  An interesting decision as some organizations have recently instituted them  —  Key insights:  — More publishers have had to decide whether to make content free …
Chris Young / The Reporters Committee …:
Surveyed on legal challenges, journalists say they're increasingly facing a culture of secrecy in government and that they need training on right to access info  —  In 2019, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced its Local Legal Initiative, an ambitious expansion …
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
NBC, CBS, and WarnerMedia cancel live upfronts, the events scheduled through mid-May to entice advertisers, due to COVID-19; they will stream or televise events  —  They will stream their events instead, while NBC will also televise its presentation  —  NBCUniversal, CBS and WarnerMedia …
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.
Playbill:
Broadway theaters suspend all performances starting at 5pm today through April 12, under the direction of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo  —  The closure is effective at 5 PM tonight, and will last through April 12.  —  Broadway theatres will go dark beginning 5 PM, March 12, by order of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Comscore announces a partnership with Twitch to measure activity like minutes spent and content minutes per ad minute, starting with audiences in US and Canada  —  Measurement firm Comscore announced this morning a partnership with Amazon-owned game streaming site, Twitch.
Variety:
Disney adds Florida's Disney World and Disneyland Paris to closures, starting Sunday until end of the month; Disneyland California also is temporarily closing  —  Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood are temporarily closing starting March 14 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Byron Allen has made an all-cash bid on Tegna worth about $8.5B, which values the broadcaster at $4.4B  —  Tegna is one of the biggest broadcasters in the industry  —  Budding media mogul Byron Allen has made a bid for broadcaster Tegna Inc. that values the owner of 62 local television stations …
 
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