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9:30 AM ET, March 30, 2020

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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  —  The coronavirus pandemic is proving the value of local news to millions of readers, driving up subscriptions.  But the advertising collapse is knee-buckling.
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 …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Facebook invests $100M more to support the news industry amid COVID-19: $25M in emergency grant 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.
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.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
TV's annual pilot season, expected to inject $500M into the entertainment economy, has been devastated by COVID-19 with enormous ripple effects  —  This year's batch of TV pilots included some ominous names: “Triage,” “Wreckage” and “Housebroken.”  —  Now, those show titles …
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Trump deflects blame onto the Washington Post when asked about allegations that China is spreading coronavirus misinformation, saying “every country does it”  —  President Trump brushed aside allegations that China — as well as Russia and Iran — are spreading misinformation …
Discussion: @gabrielsherman and @atrupar
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  —  MX Player, the on-demand video streaming service owned by India's conglomerate Times Internet, is expanding to more than half a dozen …
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.
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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