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1:30 PM ET, March 26, 2020


 Top News: 
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
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”  —  In his remarks to the media and the public, World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom has regularly emphasized …
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 …
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
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  —  The coronavirus COVID-19 has upended everything, including business as usual in Washington.  In a matter of days …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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  —  New York (CNN Business)Many of America's most popular and influential television hosts are now broadcasting live from bedrooms and basements.
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
AMC Theatres has furloughed 600+ employees at its Kansas headquarters, including CEO Adam Aron; staffers get reduced or no pay but keep health insurance access  —  EXCLUSIVE, Updated: AMC has issued a statement in regards to the news today that it has furloughed 600 employees at its headquarter in Leawood, KS.
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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
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”
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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