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1:20 PM ET, April 15, 2020


 Top News: 
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Google News Initiative launches The Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to aid small and medium-sized local news publishers globally  —  Google has launched a global emergency relief fund for local news publishers to help them during the coronavirus (Covid-19) downturn.
Financial Times:
Financial Times cuts senior staff pay by 10% and UK's Daily Telegraph will move non-editorial staff to a 4-day week from May 1 with a 20% pay cut  —  Telegraph also makes cost savings as news groups are hit by falling advertising and print sales  —  The Financial Times …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Guardian Media Group expects £20M revenue shortfall over the next six months, will furlough 100 non-editorial staff, suspend pay rises, and cut execs pay by 20%  —  The Guardian Media Group has said it expects revenues to be down by £20m over the next six months as it announced …
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Sources: in early March, Trump discussed hosting a daily, two-hour radio show from the White House but dropped the idea so as not to compete with Rush Limbaugh  —  President Trump said he envisioned a show running two hours a day, according to White House officials, and would do it were it not for the risk …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
NY court rules that Mashable can't be sued for embedding an Instagram post, since the photographer offered a “valid sublicense” by posting the image publicly  —  ‘This court cannot release her from the agreement she made.’  —  A court ruled yesterday that Mashable can embed …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Taboola,, Chartbeat data: COVID-19 traffic to news sites peaked in mid-March and traffic has now gone down, though it remains higher than average  —  Audience numbers now look more like a standard busy news week than a global pandemic that's captured the world's attention.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Memo: Valence Media lays off staff, cuts pay due to COVID-19 and as part of revamping at Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Vibe; source: media unit lost 100+ jobs  —  New York (CNN Business)The media industry continues to see widespread cuts as Valence Media slashes jobs across several of its brands …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon will cut commission rates for its affiliate program starting April 21; amount of drop dependent on category, rates for grocery products dropping 5% to 1%  —  - Amazon on Tuesday told members of its affiliates program that it will cut commission rates beginning April 21.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Medium's opaque moderation of user-created content related to COVID-19 has allowed misinfo to spread, making it harder to tell fact from fiction on the platform  —  The platform empowers voices — and misinformation  —  On March 20th, an article about the novel coronavirus started to spread.
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Axios launches an iOS app with Facebook as a launch partner, after moving up the launch due to an uptick in traffic surrounding COVID-19  —  Facebook is a launch sponsor  —  Under normal circumstances, Axios is still weeks away from releasing its app.  The more time to beta test, the better.
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Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Survey on consumption of COVID-19 news: news orgs are the most widely used source of info and people trust news orgs more than their government in US and Spain  —  Dr. J. Scott Brennen  —  5. Trust in different sources and platforms.  6. Concerns over misinformation |
The Daily Beast:
After Trump's COVID-19 briefing on Monday became free airtime for a Trump attack ad, staffers fume at networks' decision to air the propaganda video live  —  After Monday's briefing became free airtime for a Trump attack ad, news staffers once again wondered why anyone should carry the rally-like events live anymore.
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Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Germany drops antitrust proceedings against Sky and Dazn over alleged collusion during Champions League bidding, citing the pandemic as a factor
Greg Dool / Folio:
Modern Luxury Media, publisher of 40+ regional magazines, is furloughing staff and suspending some executive pay through June, aiming to avoid permanent cuts
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
WH press corps reporters discuss risking their health to attend daily press briefings that have provided the most direct access to the president in modern times
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
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Kali Hays / WWD:
Memo: LA Times is furloughing some non-union, business-side employees up to 16 weeks, and some editorial staff and managers will get pay cuts from 5% to 15%
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Amid the pandemic, demand for newsletters, Instagram accounts, and YouTube channels focused on good news has grown, from NatGeo to Upworthy
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCUniversal's ad-supported Peacock Premium tier launches for Xfinity X1 and Flex customers on Wednesday; the bulk of Peacock's originals are delayed until 2021
The Guardian:
The UK-based Daily Telegraph stops publishing its long-running China Watch section, which was funded by China Daily and written by Chinese state journalists
Iraq suspends Reuters' license for 3 months and orders it to apologize, after it published a story saying there were more COVID-19 cases than the official tally