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4:00 PM ET, April 8, 2020


 Top News: 
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
An updating list of layoffs, furloughs, and closures in journalism attributed to COVID-19's impact on the economy and media  —  It's getting hard to keep track of the bad news about the news right now.  But we have to.  Here's our attempt to collect the layoffs, furloughs …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK's Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News, which agreed to be merged under a charitable trust in February, will be liquidated and the staff made redundant  —  Sources say staff have been told parent company has run out of money during UK lockdown  —  The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News …
Tim Dams / Variety:
COVID-19 fund for Film and TV freelancers in UK launches, with donations totaling £2.5M from Netflix, BFI, BBC Studios, others, and offering grants up to £2,500  —  The COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund has opened for applications in the U.K., as research shows that 93% …
New York Times:
SimilarWeb: traffic to partisan sites and even has stagnated during the crisis while local news and large media orgs have seen huge jumps  —  Stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, with movie theaters closed and no restaurants to dine in, Americans have been spending more of their lives online.
Kaveh Waddell / Consumer Reports:
David Cuillier / Nieman Lab:
Governments around the world are using tactics like barring reporters from meetings and denying record requests to hide facts about their response to COVID-19  —  Students at the University of Florida who want to know how they are being protected from the COVID-19 pandemic can't find out.
Ethan Millman / Rolling Stone:
Apple started a $50M fund to pay advance royalties to indie labels earning at least $10K in quarterly Apple Music revenue, as per a letter sent to the labels  —  Apple Music is the latest company to offer industry relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.  It told independent record labels Tuesday …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Some of the biggest names in right-wing media are questioning the official COVID-19 death toll, suggesting the numbers are inflated to make Trump look bad  —  Some of the biggest names in right-wing media are questioning the official Covid-19 death toll.  Indeed, they're suggesting …
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Gannett board adopts a poison pill, aimed at blocking any hostile takeover attempts, after announcing cost cuts and a dividend suspension on April 1  —  Gannett, the owner of USA TODAY and more than 260 other daily publications, announced Tuesday that its board had implemented a plan to ensure …
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.
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
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.
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
Interview with Campbell Brown about Facebook's grants for local news and how it identifies the recipients with help from the Local Media Association and others  —  • Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships, describes the company's $100 million investment in local news agencies.
Discussion: Fox News
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
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund says it will give newsrooms in the city $2.5M to cover COVID-19
Tom Jones / Poynter:
The Pulitzer Prize board postpones announcements of the 2020 award winners from April 20 to May 4; the awards luncheon, usually held in May, also is postponed
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
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Noor Al-Sibai / Media Matters for America:
John Oliver's Last Week Tonight blasted One America News' shilling for Trump: “The kind of misinformation OAN is spewing ... could end up getting people killed”
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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