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9:50 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.
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 …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News tests a version of its Nightly News for kids and teens between 6 and 16, streaming on YouTube today and likely to appear at least twice a week  —  Lester Holt is about to discuss hard news with a softer touch.  —  The “NBC Nightly News” anchor will lead an experimental version …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
NY court rules Mashable embedding an Instagram post does not violate copyright law, as the photographer gave 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 …
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 …
Christopher Baxter / Nieman Reports:
As state capitals gain extraordinary power in the pandemic, newsrooms like Spotlight PA, which provide accountability reporting, deliver a vital public service  —  Times of extraordinary government power require extraordinary accountability reporting  —  Armed with expansive emergency powers …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
In a memo, Advance Local's CEO Caroline Harrison announces temporary pay cuts, furloughs, and suspension of 401k matches at its newspapers  —  The company's CEO said the cuts were ‘necessary to take some immediate steps to mitigate our losses and protect our long-term viability.’
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
NYT redeploys people to write COVID-19 obituaries, in a series called Those We've Lost to the Coronavirus, a solemn echo of its 9/11 series, Portraits of Grief  —  After 9/11, the New York Times' inaugurated a long-running series called “Portraits of Grief,” featuring short obituaries of people …
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Snopes says it had 37M visitors from late February to late March, up 43% from the previous 30 days, as it deals with an avalanche of COVID-19 misinformation
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
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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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%
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
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