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3:02 AM ET, March 29, 2020


 Top News: 
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
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.
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 …
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  —  The Fox Business host was officially let go on Friday more than two weeks after she ranted against the “coronavirus impeachment scam.”
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.
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 …
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
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
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
María Ramírez / Nieman Reports:
A look at in locked-down Madrid, an outlet founded by journalists in 2012 with no paywall, supported by memberships that provide a third of revenue
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National Geographic Society:
National Geographic Society launches a global fund for journalists covering COVID-19, with an emphasis on underserved groups and funding from $1,000-$8,000
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Disney-owned digital movie locker service Movies Anywhere is launching its first smart TV app, on LG TVs
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