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5:35 PM ET, March 26, 2020


 Top News: 
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Leak from a Fortune 50 company shows blocking of ads based on COVID-19 keywords led to 2M+ ads blocked so far in March, for NYT, CNN, USA Today, WaPo  —  The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus.
Greg Dool / Folio:
Editors of four city magazines explain how their newsrooms are navigating the coronavirus crisis while reorienting their strategies and keeping readers informed  —  As the COVID-19 pandemic forces marketers to tighten their advertising budgets and organizers to cancel or postpone events …
Michael Safi / The Guardian:
Egypt revokes a Guardian reporter's press pass and makes her leave after her story on a study saying Egypt likely had more COVID-19 cases than the official toll  —  Ruth Michaelson had reported on study that questioned country's official tally of cases  —  Egyptian authorities have forced …
Joel Simon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Governments around the world are using the pandemic to crack down on journalists and implement sweeping restrictions under the guise of combating “fake news”
Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
W Magazine has furloughed its staff with those working on online content staying on at reduced salaries; the next print issue is postponed indefinitely  —  The magazine was sold by Condé Nast just last June.  —  W, the hefty fashion bible known for publishing the adventurous work …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
App Annie: the Disney+ mobile app was downloaded 5M times in the seven European countries in which it launched Tuesday; service will launch in France on April 7  —  Disney Plus zoomed out of gate in Europe and the U.K. on Tuesday, according to third-party data estimates …
Discussion: The Streamable
Lee Berthiaume / National Observer:
Canada announces a CA$30M COVID-19 awareness campaign, with the money primarily going to media, says it is progressing with a tax credit program for newspapers  —  #133 of 139 articles from the Special Report:  —  The federal government announced Wednesday that it is planning …
Discussion: Globe and Mail
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish is offering free access to Sling TV's 45-channel TV bundle from March 26 to April 5, calling it a “public service”  —  Dish Network's over-the-top Sling TV service is offering free access to its 45-channel live TV bundle for 14 days.  The company is positioning the move as a …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Epic Games launches Epic Games Publishing, says it will cover up to 100% of development costs while game creators retain 100% of IP and full creative control  —  ‘The publishing model we always wanted’  —  Fortnite maker Epic Games is getting into publishing in a big way.
Maura Church / Patreon Blog:
Patreon says 30,000+ creators signed up in the first three weeks of March; average new patron growth in 6 countries, including US and Italy, was 36.2% over Feb.  —  Right now is a stressful time to be a creator.  In a time when so many around the world are deeply affected …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard expands its local news coverage to 12 more US cities, partners with Patch and ProPublica, and adds coronavirus coverage to all 35 supported cities  —  Earlier this year, personalized news aggregation app Flipboard expanded into local news.  The feature brought local news, sports …
Discussion: Adweek and Plain Dealer
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
While Trump's new briefings draw strong TV ratings, some journalists and health experts worry about airing misleading or wrong information and personal attacks  —  The president's viewership has rivaled the audiences for hit reality shows and prime-time football.  But some worry about misinformation.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News anchors, from its supposedly hard-hitting news division, failed to challenge Trump as he repeatedly misled viewers during the coronavirus town hall
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Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal is repurposing the news products it had built to highlight its election coverage to occasional readers to cover coronavirus instead
Pew Research Center:
Pew survey: 57% of Americans who rely mostly on social media for political and election news say they've seen “news” that seemed made up about COVID-19
Brian Stelter / CNN:
TV hosts are adapting to realities of covering a pandemic from studios in bedrooms and basements, losing video quality but with a new efficiency and intimacy
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Craig Aaron / Columbia Journalism Review:
What a stimulus package for journalism should look like, including doubling federal funds for public media and direct support for daily and weekly newsrooms
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter, which recently updated safety policies for COVID-19, blocked a tweet by The Federalist saying it's time to consider “controlled voluntary infection”
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Memo: BuzzFeed announces graduated salary cuts in April and May, with staffers in the lowest bracket facing 5% cuts and executives taking 14% to 25% cuts
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Some major towns in the UK lose their only print newspaper, leaving self-isolating older people without trusted news sources, as JPI Media suspends 12 titles