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7:35 AM ET, March 14, 2020


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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 …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix shuts down physical production, prep of scripted TV and film for two weeks in US and Canada as networks and studios also pause production on many shows  —  ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy,' Apple's ‘The Morning Show’ and CBS' ‘NCIS’ have taken a two-week hiatus; Disney TV Studios shut down 16 pilots …
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John Koblin / New York Times:
CBS and NBC are suspending production of late night shows with Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers until at least March 30 due to coronavirus
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
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
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Disney is releasing Frozen 2 on Disney+ three months early starting Mar. 15 in the US, Mar. 17 in four other countries, citing “challenging period” for families  —  The Walt Disney Company is taking the edge off of “social distancing” from the coronavirus this weekend …
Disney adds Florida's Disney World and Disneyland Paris to closures, starting Sunday until end of the month; Disneyland California also is temporarily closing
Adele Peters / Fast Company:
Uncensored Library, a Reporters Without Borders project in Minecraft, lets people anywhere read articles from censored journalists and get info on press freedom  —  In countries where censorship is standard practice—such as China, where articles and social media posts about COVID-19 …
Jim Rich / Deadspin:
Deadspin begins publishing again with new editor-in-chief Jim Rich  —  As you can see, Deadspin is posting new stories again.  Our original plan had been to begin publishing on Monday, March 16, but the news cycle — and the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic — wouldn't wait for such plans.
Janna Brancolini / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Milan, a journalist reflects on how international reporting overuses the word “quarantine” to describe a complicated situation in constant flux  —  Yesterday morning I woke up, realized I was low on espresso, and went to the supermarket down the street to stock up.
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Sources: Apple Music has signed new multi-year streaming licensing deals with Universal, Sony, and Warner; deals don't extend to Apple's planned media bundle  —  Agreements with Universal, Sony and Warner secure streaming rights to artists including Taylor Swift
The Daily Beast:
In a memo to staff, Fox News execs remind staff that “viewers rely on us to stay informed” while opinion hosts and one news anchor downplay the crisis  —  Some of the network's hosts have spent the past week mocking COVID-19 fears, but an internal memo from Fox bosses underscores the severity.
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 …
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Popular Science names Corinne Iozzio as its new editor-in-chief  —  Popular Science is seeking new licensing opportunities through an exclusive agreement with agency Evolution USA.  —  They will be sought across a wide range of industries.  Evolution will also be responsible …
Jake Silverstein / New York Times:
NYT clarifies a passage in an essay from The 1619 Project that claimed a primary reason the US colonists fought the American Revolution was to protect slavery  —  Today we are making a clarification to a passage in an essay from The 1619 Project that has sparked a great deal of online debate.
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