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12:45 AM ET, March 21, 2020


 Top News: 
George P. Slefo / Ad Age:
Despite increased traffic, publishers' ad revenue is down partially because ad tech companies blacklist coronavirus content in the name of brand safety  —  The inability to monetize pandemic coverage is thwarting publishers' ability to fund the news, media outlets say
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
A look at COVID-19's effect on bigger newsrooms, as journalists work remotely and ad sales fall, even as traffic nearly doubles at sites like NYT, LAT, and WSJ  —  Many journalists are covering a once-in-a-lifetime story from home, thanks to Zoom and Slack.  But as readers flock to large news outlets, ads are starting to disappear.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The White House beat, one of the most prestigious jobs in journalism, becomes one of the most anxiety-provoking, while the ranks thin due to social distancing  —  The White House beat is one of the most prominent assignments in journalism, and one of the most prestigious.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Netflix creates a $100M fund to support cast and crew members laid off from Netflix projects, with $15M to go to third parties and nonprofits  —  Netflix has created a $100 million relief fund to help members of the creative community who have been left unemployed and without a way to earn an income during the coronavirus crisis.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube unveils a COVID-19 “news shelf” on its homepage in 16 countries with verified content from authoritative news sources and health officials  —  Pulling from authoritative sources  —  YouTube will introduce a new row of verified videos to its homepage for anyone trying …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video say they will reduce their streaming quality in EU to reduce traffic on the network, as millions are confined at home  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) YouTube said on Friday it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union …
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
Children's linear TV ratings rise with COVID-19: Cartoon Network's total day viewing grew 58% this week, Disney Channel 43%, Boomerang 31%, and Nickelodeon 25%  —  Children's linear TV ratings have been in a slump for years as children's viewing habits shifted to online streaming, social and gaming platforms.
Discussion: Deadline and @mulvihill79
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK classifies journalists and broadcasters reporting on the COVID-19 crisis as “key workers”, giving them access to education, childcare while schools are shut  —  The Government has classed all journalists who are reporting on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as “key workers” …
Discussion: Republic World, @nat_fahy and @jgibbins
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Italian government has classified newspapers as a basic necessity and allowed kiosks to remain open; some dailies have seen increased sales despite the lockdown  —  Newspapers in Northern Italy and Hong Kong have no plans to stop printing despite a dip in advertising revenues brought on by coronavirus …
China's main state-owned distributor to re-release eleven films, from which cinemas will keep all income to help reignite the sector, starting March 20  —  China's main state-owned distributor plans to issue a batch of half a dozen films, from which cinemas will keep all income …
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Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
ViacomCBS launches Noggin, its interactive learning subscription for preschoolers, on Apple TV in 25 territories with a free seven-day trial
Discussion: The Streamable
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
The Week Junior, aimed at kids ages 8-14, launches in the US with the first four issues available for free as PDFs, says it now has 25K paid subscriptions
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
FBI says FOIA requests must now be made via standard mail, not email, because of coronavirus; the office handling requests is closed “at least until March 30”
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Ampere Analysis study of Disney+ US subscriptions finds 50% of households with kids under 10, 42% with kids under 18, and 41% of 18-24-year-olds are subscribers
Discussion: Forbes
Jazmine Hughes / New York Times:
Profile of WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer and his thirty year-old-show, whose mix of sophistication and accessibility fosters a sense of community in New York
David Sharman / HoldtheFrontPage:
UK's regional dailies and some weeklies are jointly publishing a message to reassure readers and highlight trusted local news, using the slogan #ThereWithYou
Torsten Ingvaldsen / HYPEBEAST:
Report: the total streams for the top 200 most-streamed songs on Spotify dropped in Italy, the US, UK, France, and Spain, as users in the countries self-isolate
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