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3:05 PM ET, March 19, 2020


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Alt-weeklies faced a double blow of ad revenue loss and distribution points closing this week; local magazines and news and arts sites will feel the pain too  —  COVID-19 is “a nearly perfect weapon against alternative weeklies.”  In dozens of cities, papers are asking for donations …
Rachel Kurzius / DCist:
An overview of the effects of the pandemic on local DC outlets Washingtonian Magazine, Washington City Paper, Local News Now, and Brightest Young Things  —  Even as local news outlets are seeing record traffic on their websites, one of their main revenue sources is drying up.
Creative Loafing:
The alt-weekly Creative Loafing of Tampa Bay, owned by Euclid Media Group, lays off seven staff members in response to ad cutbacks due to COVID-19
Detroit Metro Times:
Detroit Metro Times lays off eight as most advertisers cease operation with quarantine measures going into effect; remaining staffers are taking pay cuts
Jeff vonKaenel / SN&R Extra:
The Sacramento News & Review will suspend publication of its print edition next week and lay off nearly all of its staff, but will continue to post online
Financial Times:
EU calls on streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube to limit broadband use and offer programs only in standard, rather than high, definition  —  Brussels tells streaming companies to limit services as Facebook says managing traffic is a “challenge”  —  The EU has called on streaming services …
Netflix says it will reduce its bit rates across all its streams in Europe for 30 days, in effect cutting traffic on its European networks by 25%  —  Netflix said on Thursday it would reduce its bit rates across all its streams in Europe, in effect cutting traffic on its European networks …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Playboy magazine will stop publishing its print edition in the US with its spring issue, due to coronavirus; it will publish special print issues occasionally  —  After 66 years, magazine to continue publishing online, with an occasional special edition in print
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney is looking to sell adtech company TrueX, which Fox had bought in 2014; Disney hasn't integrated it into its sales or tech organizations  —  TrueX is best known for offering interactive ads  —  Walt Disney Co. is looking to sell TrueX, an advertising-technology company …
Discussion: MediaPost and AdExchanger
Trip Adler / Scribd Blog:
Subscription-based Scribd opens its library of ebooks, audiobooks, magazine articles, and more to anyone for free over the next 30 days  —  At Scribd, we believe reading is the most powerful tool we have for connecting and sharing the human experience.  —  Today, with millions of people around …
Discussion: @tripadler, @tripadler and @sdkstl
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
A look at student journalists at campus news outlets across the US, diligently covering the pandemic even if they are unable to access their newsrooms  —  For the first time, the editors of the Cavalier Daily — the student newspaper at the University of Virginia — were having to plan out their issue via webcam.
Pew Research Center:
Pew study: 70% of Americans say the news media are doing fairly well covering the COVID-19 pandemic, while 37% say news media have greatly exaggerated the risks  —  About half say they have seen at least some made-up news about the coronavirus; 29% think it was created in a lab
Washington Post:
Nielsen: the most-watched TV program in the US last week was ABC's “World News Tonight”, which attracted 10.8M viewers, up 21% over its average for the year  —  In a typical week, ABC counts on shows like “The Bachelor” and “American Idol” to deliver its biggest ratings.
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Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
National Association of Theater Owners asks Congress for relief for its 150K employees, authorizes withdrawal of $1M from its reserves to aid theater employees
Discussion: Reuters and Vanity Fair
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
As Hollywood suspends or pauses most TV and film productions, “below-the-line” crew members who are gig workers, are feeling the brunt of the industry slowdown
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
LA Times publishes a video series on COVID-19, hosted by owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, without noting his role as CEO and owner of a company working on treatment
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Janelle Irwin Taylor / Florida Politics:
Layoffs hit the Tampa Bay Times, including longtime environmental reporter Craig Pittman; source says 11 employees were laid off
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Google News Initiative teams up with LION Publishers, UNC, others to launch Project Oasis, with the aim of helping local news startups at key stages of growth
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BBC announces new COVID-19 measures including making local radio stations hubs for helping the elderly, more educational content, pausing cuts to CBBC, more
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Facebook says it has fixed a bug in its anti-spam system that marked some legitimate COVID-19 news articles and information as spam on Tuesday