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10:30 AM ET, April 6, 2020

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Washington Post:
Trump stopped US medical expert Anthony Fauci from answering a question about a drug Trump is touting during a daily COVID-19 briefing, an extraordinary moment  —  President Trump spent a portion of Sunday's press briefing yet again promoting an unproven treatment for the novel coronavirus, repeatedly asking, “What do we have to lose?”
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Washington Post:
How Trump's obsession with TV news and focus on himself has fueled a chaotic COVID-19 response, with each day becoming an attempt to win the news cycle
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Jeffery Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's Quibi short-video streaming service launches with $1.8B in funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic  —  Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman had to cancel a starry Hollywood party for their short-video platform because of the virus.  But Quibi is still going live.
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Adam Epstein / Quartz:
To succeed, Quibi should lean into the unscripted content that works well on the platform, and not mimic prestige television  —  The Third Age of TV  —  First came broadcast, then cable, now streaming.  —  The original pitch for Quibi, a new video app launching today (April 6) …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Quibi app review: works reliably, auto-flips between landscape and portrait, but no tablet-optimized mode, no family member profiles, and lacks a TV experience
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The daily TV appearances of Chris Cuomo with Gov. Cuomo have become compelling viewing but critics question the journalistic propriety of the familial episodes  —  A month ago, it would have seemed unlikely — ridiculous, even — that the most riveting duo in America would be the Empire …
Roy J. Harris Jr / Poynter:
A look at the reporting projects that could win the 2020 Pulitzers, currently set for April 20, based on this season's other award winners so far  —  As journalists look forward to the Pulitzer Prize announcements — still set for April 20, at least for now — will even the most dramatic winners feel a bit stale?
Discussion: @poynter
KQED:
A San Francisco Examiner reporter reflects on the impact of the paper's 40% cut in hours and pay for all staff, even as its news site gets more views  —  On Tuesday, all staffers at the San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly were notified that they'll be taking a 40 percent cut in hours and salary …
Washington Post:
Health risks and privacy issues prevent journalists from reporting inside hospitals, leading to conspiracy theories as some cast doubts about lack of visuals  —  The coronavirus pandemic has been likened to a war.  But journalists are largely absent from the harrowing, heartbreaking front line of this crisis: hospitals.
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Some independent movie theaters are launching “virtual cinemas” to let patrons stream first-tier films from home as a temporary revenue source amid the pandemic  —  Greg Laemmle never thought he'd recommend anyone to stream a movie at home.  The best way to watch a film …
Discussion: @variety
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC doubles its small indie fund to £2M and ITV announces a £500K fund, to support the UK independent production sector during the pandemic  —  Both U.K. TV giants have unveiled packages to help a struggling indie sector impacted by the pandemic.
Discussion: Variety and Variety
 
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Zaineb Mohammed / Borealis Philanthropy:
The Racial Equity in Journalism Fund at Borealis Philanthropy awards $2.3M in grants to 16 news organizations led by and serving US communities of color
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company partners with Verizon to offer all students and teachers in US high schools free access to nytimes.com from April 6 to July 6
Discussion: @alanblinder
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
IAB: digital ad spending for March and April is down 38% from what was expected, TV ad spending is down 41%, 45% on radio, 43% for print, and 51% on billboards
Rebecca Davis / Variety:
China's National Film Bureau says it is working to ensure a strong supply of films available for streaming, days after President Xi told cinemas to remain shut
Discussion: Variety
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Julie Reynolds / DFM Workers:
Sources: Alden Global Capital's MNG has quietly laid off or furloughed staff across its local newspapers this past week, including 13 layoffs at the Denver Post
Columbia Journalism Review:
Report on the values and practices of online conservative news orgs in the US, based on interviews with 22 journalists and editors at 14 conservative news sites
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Ampere: unscripted projects in development across 160 streamers grew from 24% in December 2018 to 51% a year later