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3:20 AM ET, March 15, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
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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 …
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
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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox Business says Trish Regan Primetime is “on hiatus until further notice” after Regan's on-air dismissal of coronavirus as “another attempt to impeach” Trump  —  The host of “Trish Regan Primetime” told viewers this week that concerns about the coronavirus were “yet another attempt to impeach the president.”
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
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 …
Rachel Piper / Better News:
Q&A with Rachel Piper, digital news director at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, on how the paper drove subscriptions by making journalists its brand ambassadors  —  Here's an idea to steal and adapt: Ask the journalists in your newsroom to tell readers about the value of their work …
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 …
Allyson McCabe / NPR:
As music listening habits move away from radio, “sync placement” on TV ads and shows have become an important way for new artists to have their music heard  —  As listening habits have shifted away from radio, visual media have become more important for discovering new music.
Discussion: @nprmusic
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Broadcom sues Netflix for infringement of eight patents dealing with video playback and data transmission, claims cord-cutting reduced demand for Broadcom chips  —  Broadcom, a leading manufacturer of semiconductor chips for cable set-top boxes, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Netflix on Friday.
Discussion: @variety
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.
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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
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
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Kotaku officially commits to giving staff who play a game after-hours for a deadline, usually a review, time off in exchange in recognition of the labor
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