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11:35 PM ET, April 8, 2020


 Top News: 
Justin Wise / The Hill:
18 US senators ask leadership to include aid in any future COVID-19 stimulus plan for recipients “who make a long-term commitment to high quality local news”  —  More than a dozen senators are calling for any future stimulus package addressing the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus …
PEN America:
A coalition led by PEN America asks Congress for $5B+ in its pandemic response to help journalism by increasing CPB funding, adding funds for newsrooms, more  —  PEN America-led coalition letter calls on Congress to treat local news as an essential service  —  (Washington, DC) …
Tristan Greene / The Next Web:
A look at the racist, right-wing conspiracy blog that Kayleigh McEnany, the new White House press secretary, ran until 2016  —  I'm about three hours into a deep wallow in new US Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's blog and - spoiler alert - it's a hot mess full of racism, Islamophobia, and right-wing conspiracy theories.
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
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
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Sources: Hearst CEO Steven Swartz told publishers and editors that Hearst is giving a 1% bonus to employees and plans no furloughs or pay cuts amid the pandemic  —  The company's CEO instead announced raises and a bonus merit pool and eliminated budget targets for executive bonuses
Financial Times:
Sources: Will Lewis is stepping down as chief executive of Dow Jones, in a departure described as “amicable”  —  British media executive is leaving ‘amicably’  —  Will Lewis is stepping down as chief executive of Dow Jones, the Rupert Murdoch-owned publisher, according to people familiar with the matter.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Disney says Disney+ has 50M+ paid subscribers globally, and that its April 3 launch in India accounts for 8M Disney+ subscribers  —  Disney announced that the company has surpassed 50 million paid subscribers, following their launch in India and eight Western European countries (UK, Ireland …
Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix and Instagram are launching a series in which Netflix stars talk about self-care amid the pandemic, at 7pm ET Thursdays on Netflix's Instagram account  —  The weekly series ‘Wanna Talk About It?’ will feature the streamer's YA stars discussing how to best take care during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Jack Hough / Barron's Online:
Interview with Bob Iger on how the entertainment industry and Disney might change after the pandemic, the mood at Disney, and more  —  Walt Disney has been hit hard by the pandemic.  Shutdowns of theme parks, movie theaters and cruise lines have laid low business units that just months ago were enjoying record profits.
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Sports radio hosts like Mike Francesa and Paul Finebaum have shifted their shows to talk about the pandemic, with nearly every show booking an epidemiologist  —  Longtime broadcasters like Mike Francesa and Paul Finebaum have shifted their shows to reflect the coronavirus pandemic.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Ten health reporters from across the globe discuss dropping their other assignments to cover the biggest story of their careers while also trying to stay safe  —  New York (CNN Business)In 2017, The Washington Post health reporter Lena Sun wrote, “The Trump administration is ill-prepared for a global pandemic.”
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% …
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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
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund says it will give newsrooms in the city $2.5M to cover COVID-19
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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