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12:25 PM ET, March 30, 2020

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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Facebook says it will invest $100M to support the news industry during COVID-19: $25M in emergency funding for local news and $75M in additional marketing spend  —  With grants and marketing spending, the social media giant hopes to support outlets doing essential local reporting but struggling with a drop in advertising.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
It's time for a painful shift that means abandoning most for-profit local papers with poor business models for a national network of nimble new online newsrooms  —  The coronavirus is likely to hasten the end of advertising-driven media, our columnist writes.  And government should not rescue it.
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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
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
Trump has turned his coronavirus briefings into create-your-own-reality TV with the structure, intrigue, drama, rhythm, and characters of a weekly reality show  —  The coronavirus briefings have given Donald Trump a regularly scheduled reality show again — or, rather, a create-your-own-reality show.
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 …
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook's security team had disinfo concerns about The Daily Wire's sites in 2019, clashing with the policy team, which prevented action being taken  —  After spending billions to avoid a repeat of 2016, the tech giants are careening from crisis to crisis as their foes change tactics.
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Premium publishers like CNBC and NYT, seeing cutbacks in ad spending during COVID-19, ask ad tech companies to exempt them from coronavirus-related filters  —  - Online publications are seeing huge jumps in traffic, but many advertisers are blocked from appearing near content mentioning coronavirus.
Peter White / Deadline:
Q&A with Jeffrey Katzenberg on launching Quibi on April 6 in the middle of a global pandemic, why Quibi only licenses rather than owns the content, and more  —  Quibi is one of the most anticipated platform launches of the year and it's also one of the most talked about in Hollywood circles.
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Patrick Frater / Variety:
Nine Entertainment says it aims to cut $163M from its cost base in 2020, with savings of $80M in broadcast rights costs if the National Rugby League is canceled
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
MX Player, an ad-supported video streaming service that has 175M MAUs in India, expands to new international markets including the US, UK, and Australia
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”
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