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6:50 PM ET, April 7, 2020

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New York Times:
Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany has been named press secretary; sources: the chief of staff wants her to focus on defending the president on TV  —  Kayleigh McEnany, his campaign spokeswoman, replaces Stephanie Grisham, who had the job for nine months, and will return to Melania Trump's staff.
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CNN:
Stephanie Grisham is leaving her job as press secretary, having never held a briefing, and returning to her previous job as Melania Trump's chief of staff  —  (CNN)White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is leaving the job without ever having briefed the press.
Sam Allard / Scene and Heard:
Cleveland Plain Dealer EIC bars remaining 14 newsroom staff from covering state issues and Cleveland stories, leaving those beats to a non-union sister newsroom  —  On the first workday after a brutal and debilitating round of layoffs at The Plain Dealer, Editor Tim Warsinskey delivered what will be the paper's final and cruelest blow.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: Quibi had more than 300,000 downloads on its launch day; heavily promoted in Apple's App Store, it reached #3 but just #29 on Google Play  —  Quibi, the oddly-named mobile streaming service founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, was downloaded over 300,000 times on launch day …
Maria Halkias / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas Morning News' parent company is tapping into its $8M cash reserve, reducing staff pay between 3% and 17%; it started the year with $48.6M in cash  —  A. H. Belo Corporation is also cutting its dividend by 50%.  —  The parent company of The Dallas Morning News is responding …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
CNN buys Canopy, a privacy-focused content-recommendation startup that created news reader Tonic, as the network develops its news aggregation service  —  Canopy, a privacy-focused recommendations startup, has been acquired by CNN, a unit of wireless giant AT&T through its WarnerMedia devision.
Noor Al-Sibai / Media Matters for America:
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Traffic to the Financial Times website has grown 250% YoY in the past month and it has seen a ten-fold increase in trial subscriptions in the past three weeks  —  Traffic to the Financial Times website has grown 250 per cent year-on-year over the past month as coverage of the coronavirus crisis …
Discussion: Financial Times
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Skift CEO Rafat Ali expects virtual events to bring in 25% to 30% of the revenue of physical events, at best; events generated 40% of Skift's revenue in 2019  —  Without having a rich benefactor, a parent company or ready cash reserves, independent publishers have all but given up on the possibility for growth this year.
Discussion: @bmorrissey and @rafat
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Netflix now lets parents remove specific titles and filter shows out based on their ratings, in both the designated kids portal and the general section  —  Making profile accounts for kids even more specific  —  Netflix is rolling out a series of new tools that parents can use to filter …
 
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Josh Mabry / Facebook Journalism Project …:
Facebook's $25M local news relief fund, launching April 13, is offering grants between $25K and $100K to US outlets in communities impacted by COVID-19
Adam Rowe / Forbes:
Readly has seen users' magazine reading habits shift under lockdown with readership of the categories comics, kids, home, and gardening rising sharply in the US
Discussion: Folio and MediaPost
Poynter:
News orgs' removal of paywalls for pandemic coverage is noble, but makes no sense, and the industry seems to think public service can't coexist with revenue
Poynter:
News orgs applying for federal coronavirus relief loans to stem the decline in local journalism will require a new set of ethics regarding government assistance
Variety:
Sources: AMI exec Dylan Howard, who was embroiled in scandals involving Weinstein and Trump, is out, after his March 31 contract was not renewed
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Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal says it will reduce ad loads across its networks to make room for more programming and add more entertainment and news content during the lockdown
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC, ABC, and CBS to team up for a fundraiser curated by Lady Gaga on April 18, with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert hosting the broadcast
Tina Dyakon / Poynter:
The Poynter Institute announces a new partnership with NPR in which Poynter's Kelly McBride will serve as NPR's new public editor
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
In a tweet, Trump says ad revenue is down at NYT and Wapo and wonders if it is because they are “fake news” or “the Virus is just plain beating them up”
The Wrap:
THR editor Matt Belloni to resign; source: Belloni opposed Valence Media co-CEOs' direction not to publish stories that would negatively impact their interests
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