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11:55 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.
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.”
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 …
Daniel Chang / Miami Herald:
The Miami Herald says FL governor's aide pressured its law firm into not filing a public records lawsuit to disclose COVID-19 data; Herald to file with new firm  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' general counsel called a representative of the Miami Herald's law firm seeking to quash …
Rachel Nuwer / New York Times:
Netflix's Tiger King is a product of a changing film industry in which the lines between documentary and reality TV are blurring  —  Critics say the popular Netflix series and its directors lost sight of the conservation and animal welfare problems at the heart of the story of Joe Exotic.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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
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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
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
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Nature apologizes for COVID-19 coverage “erroneously...associating the virus with Wuhan and with China” because linkage led to stigma
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
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