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1:20 PM ET, March 21, 2020


 Top News: 
Kayla Epstein / Business Insider:
After suspending rallies, Trump is using his White House press briefings on the COVID-19 crisis to amplify campaign rhetoric and continue attacks on the media  —  - Social distancing means that President Trump can't hold his signature rallies right now — and might not be able to for months.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump's dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings  —  More and more each day, President Trump is using his daily briefings as a substitute for the campaign rallies that have been forced into extinction by the spread of the coronavirus.
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.
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.
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.
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, @jgibbins and @nat_fahy
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 …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Filing: Walt Disney Company has raised $6B in a new debt offering “for general corporate purposes”; company had long-term debt of $38B+ at end of fiscal 2019  —  In the filing, the company says it intends “to use the net proceeds from the sale of the notes for general corporate purposes …
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety, Forbes and Deadline
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 …
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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
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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”
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