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1:30 PM ET, March 29, 2020


 Top News: 
David Smiley / Miami Herald:
A Miami Herald reporter was barred from Florida governor's COVID-19 briefing on Saturday; a Herald editorial last week was critical of the governor's leadership  —  A reporter for the state capital bureau operated jointly by two of Florida's largest newspapers was denied access Saturday …
Dan Kennedy /
How digital-only local news outlets across the US are facing the daunting economic and logistical challenges in covering the COVID-19 pandemic  —  From the Berkshires to the bayou, from the Pacific Northwest to southeastern Massachusetts, the COVID-19 pandemic is tearing through local newspapers.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Even as the pandemic spurs newfound value in local news, boosting digital subscriptions, publishers are uncertain they can overcome the collapse in ad revenue  —  The coronavirus pandemic is proving the value of local news to millions of readers, driving up subscriptions.  But the advertising collapse is knee-buckling.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
CEOs of News Media Alliance and the Local Media Association say they expect devastating revenue loss for members but say small publishers can still survive  —  ‘Our members have gone from a weak financial position to a horrible financial condition’  —  Leaders of associations that represent …
Discussion: @itsren, @altweeklies and @hollyanndoan
Elizabeth Jensen / NPR:
NPR's public editor on NPR and member stations' approaches to airing Trump's briefings, and how they square with its mission to “serve the public and democracy”  —  KUOW, an NPR Member station in Seattle, said earlier this week that it will no longer air the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings live.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
NY federal judge allows PEN America's suit against Trump to proceed over claims he violated First Amendment by revoking press badges, clearances in retaliation  —  A judge allows a limited lawsuit from PEN America.  —  A New York federal judge on Tuesday ruled that PEN America may proceed on some of its claims against Donald Trump.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Q&A with the CEO of Bloomberg Media, which saw new subs in March grow by 86% month-over-month and the week ending March 20 as its highest since paywall's debut  —  During these nerve-wracking times, for public health as well as economic health, people's appetite for trusted news has sky rocketed.
Discussion: @bmorrissey and @raju
Kali Hays / WWD:
Podtrac: podcast downloads in the US have fallen ~10% and total unique listeners are down ~20% since the start of March, with true crime podcasts down the most  —  It seems everyone just wants the news, on TV and online, not a true crime podcast.  —  Since early March, when concerns around …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Google removes Infowars app from Play Store, citing misinformation, after a video posted in the app disputed the need for measures to contain the coronavirus  —  Apple kicked Alex Jones out of the App Store in 2018.  The Google Play Store has finally followed suit.
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Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
Disney closes California's Disneyland and Florida's Disney World indefinitely, after initially planning to close through March, will pay staff through April 18
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Facebook to add new features to make Live easier to use, including an audio-only mode, automatic closed captions, and letting logged-out users watch streams
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox Business “parted ways” with Trish Regan; the move comes after Regan's on-air dismissal in early March of COVID-19 concerns as an attempt to impeach Trump
 Earlier Picks: 
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Under the CARES Act, outlets with under 1,000 staff can apply to a $300B fund, while bigger chains compete with retailers and others for money from a $454B fund
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Digital media like BuzzFeed, Group Nine, and Vice were all expected to earn profits in 2020, but now executives warn staff of layoffs while publicly keeping mum
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
China shuts down all cinemas again, after reopening 600 of them over the past week, without providing an official explanation for the shut down