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2:30 PM ET, April 7, 2020

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Maggie Haberman / 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  —  She 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.
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.
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 …
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Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
Review of Quibi's launch shows: most are entertaining and the formats feel spot-on for casual smartphone viewing, but the selection needs work
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  —  Food is essential, but grocery stores aren't giving it away.  Police are being paid during the crisis.  So why are we making our journalism free?
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.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Hollywood is working from home to meet streaming demand as animation, which can be done remotely, is seeing a boom in the number of shows greenlit to series  —  Hollywood has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.  Theaters across much of the country have closed, movie shoots have come …
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 …
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  —  American Media Inc. executive Dylan Howard is out after more than a decade at the publishing company, Variety has learned exclusively.
Catherine Sweeney / Poynter:
Journalists and unions in the US are starting fundraisers to help laid-off and furloughed journalists, with one fund raising $38K+ from which 110 requested aid  —  After many of the country's most prominent newspaper companies implemented furloughs, journalists sprung to action to help their colleagues.
Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Memo: BuzzFeed has begun a search for partners to take over brands and news operations in Germany and Brazil; failing that, those offices will close  —  #Break: BuzzFeed jettisoning Germany, Brazil offices, per internal memo: “We've begun an immediate search for business partners to take over our brands and news operations in both markets... If we aren't able to identify partners, we will unfortunately have to cease operations..”
Discussion: @neilthackray and @baseballcrank
 
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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 applying for federal coronavirus relief loans to stem the decline in local journalism will require a new set of ethics regarding government assistance
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
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The Atlantic says it gained 36,000 new subscribers over the past four weeks, with a third of them subscribing to both digital and print
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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
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