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12:45 PM ET, April 11, 2020


 Top News: 
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Sports Illustrated owner Maven has fired longtime soccer journalist Grant Wahl, following Wahl's public criticism of company plans for a permanent staff pay cut  —  Grant Wahl is far from the only person to criticize Maven's operation of Sports Illustrated, but he may be the first to lose his job after offering those criticisms.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
An estimated 28,000 workers at US news companies have been laid off, furloughed, or had their pay reduced since the COVID-19 crisis began  —  Roughly 28,000 workers at news companies nationwide have been laid off, furloughed or had their pay reduced.  Some publications that rely on ads have shut down.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Liberty University pressed charges for trespassing against a ProPublica reporter and NYT photographer; a magistrate has signed misdemeanor warrants against them  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Liberty University has pushed for criminal trespassing charges against two journalists who pursued stories …
Carrie Sheffield / Just The News:
Voice of America EIC defends its coverage of China after WH newsletter accuses it of speaking for “America's adversaries” by calling Wuhan lockdown a success  —  VOA chief fires back after official White House newsletter declares: “VOA too often speaks for America's adversaries—not its citizens.”
Luke Mullins / Washingtonian:
Memo: Washington Post local government and politics reporter Darran Simon was found dead in his apartment Thursday; Simon joined WaPo last month from CNN  —  No cause of death has been announced.  —  Washington Post reporter Darran Simon was found dead in his apartment on Thursday …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
The Young Turks employees voted to unionize on Thursday; in a note to staff, CEO Cenk Uygur continued to oppose the union, but “would respect their choice”  —  Production and post-production crews at the left-wing news network The Young Turks voted Thursday night to unionize …
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Gupta Media: Facebook's worldwide CPM hit an all-time low of $1.95 on Tuesday; the average US CPM has remained below $3 since March 22, its lowest in two years  —  It's been assumed by most media analysts, media buyer and ad executive surveys, and a variety of pundits that the Big Digital platforms …
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
CNBC Digital unique visitors in March doubled since Feb., CNBC site reached 1B monthly page views for the first time, while CNBC Pro subs were up 189% since Jan  —  CNBC Digital hit a record number of unique visitors in March, more than doubling its February record.
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Barbara Allen / Poynter:
Tribune Publishing CEO announces 2%-10% permanent pay cuts for non-union employees making $67,000/year or more, will pursue cost savings among unionized workers  —  Tribune Publishing today announced a series of permanent pay cuts for non-union staffers that will range from 2% to 10% off their current salaries.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon opens up Watch Parties to its top US Twitch creators with Prime memberships who can now livestream and comment on a selection of Prime Video content
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Study shows that despite efforts by Facebook and Google, true sources of funding behind political ads are hard to track
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Memo: McClatchy will furlough 4.4% of employees, lay off 4 executives, and reduce some executive pay; CEO Craig Forman will take a 50% cut to total compensation
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Nature apologizes for COVID-19 coverage “erroneously...associating the virus with Wuhan and with China” because linkage led to stigma
 Earlier Picks: 
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD:
Vox Media asks for donations for Vox and Recode; CEO Jim Bankoff has told staff that Vox is gauging the pandemic's impact and he'll update staff in a week or so
Zacc Ritter / Gallup:
Gallup: general US attitudes toward media are unchanged since 2018 with 34% having a favorable or somewhat favorable view thereof, largely correlated with party
Gaspard Sebag / Bloomberg:
France orders Google to pay publishers to display article snippets, starting from October of 2019, and gives three months to come to terms with publishers