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1:30 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 …
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.
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 …
Kaveh Waddell / Consumer Reports:
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.
Discussion: @markdistef
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Hyperlocal news platform Patch says it had its strongest revenue and traffic month ever in March and added 150,000 email subscribers, for a total of 2.3M  —  Patch, the hyperlocal (and profitable) digital news platform, had its strongest month ever in March for both revenue and traffic, according to president Warren St. John.
Discussion: @michellemanafy
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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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”
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Sources: AMI exec Dylan Howard, who was embroiled in scandals involving Weinstein and Trump, is out, after his March 31 contract was not renewed
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”