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3:35 PM ET, April 17, 2020


 Top News: 
Jason Washing / The Keyword:
Google says it's waiving ad serving fees for news publishers globally on Ad Manager for five months  —  During times of global crisis, people rely on quality journalism to stay informed and safe.  And the ads that appear alongside news coverage help fund the journalists who write breaking news stories …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: Vox Media to furlough 9% of staff and cut pay 15%+ for staff making $130K+ from May 1 to July 31, freeze wages and stop 401k match until the end of 2020  —  Vox Media is furloughing 9% of its staff from May 1 through July 31, with health insurance premiums being fully covered, a source familiar with the moves tells Axios.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
The LA Times' parent company is closing three community newspapers, the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, and La Cañada Valley Sun, laying off 14 staffers  —  The Los Angeles Times' parent company, California Times, is folding three award-winning community newspapers that serve …
Tim Ryan / Tim Ryan:
Lawmakers urge Pelosi to include the Protect Local Media Act, which would direct 50% of gov't ads to local media until end of 2020, in the next stimulus bill  —  Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) was joined by Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) …
Discussion: The NewsGuild - CWA
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
NUJ calls on UK to confer “asset of community value” status on local papers so they can be preserved via community ownership, among ideas to save the industry  —  Local and national titles could close without support, says journalists' union  —  National newspapers could close unless …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
In memo, NPR CEO says NPR is facing a $30M to $45M budget deficit for FY 2021 as sponsorship money, which made up 33% of revenue from 2015 to 2019, dries up  —  National Public Radio sponsorship revenue shrinks in economic environment reeling from the coronavirus crisis
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Ad sales are down 27% for local TV news stations; National Association of Broadcasters is working with News Media Alliance to lobby for federal stimulus help  —  A trade publication reported Wednesday that ad sales are down 27% for local broadcast news stations  —  Political campaigns are on hiatus.
Press Gazette:
News UK staff must take a third of their remaining annual leave plus two days and are asked to volunteer for unpaid leave or to reduce working hours  —  News UK, publisher of the Sun and Times newspapers, has asked staff to volunteer for unpaid leave or to reduce their working hours in new measures to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Discussion: @markdistef
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Photojournalists, many of whom are freelancers facing fewer assignments, struggle through the pandemic, using masks, long lenses, and disinfecting routines  —  Assignments have dried up for many photographers.  Others risk going into the fray to capture images of a changed world.
Mary Emily O'Hara / Adweek:
Sources: ViacomCBS laid off “almost all” of the company's contract workers and seven of the eleven people working for Logo and NewNowNext  —  MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Comedy Central, TV Land, Showtime and Paramount Pictures all see cuts  —  Key insights:
Discussion: @nselanutella
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Committee to Protect Journalists:
Report documents Trump administration's harassment of reporters at US borders and prosecution of leakers as Trump targeted media owners and press credibility
Scott Alexander / Slate Star Codex:
Early on, when media cited experts saying a pandemic was unlikely, it should have better conveyed the level of uncertainty in those expert opinions
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McClatchy's two largest creditors, Chatham Asset Management and Brigade Capital Management, offer to buy the company, setting a price “well in excess” of $300M
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen: 31M people watched NBC, CBS, and ABC's evening news shows between March 16 and April 7, a 42% rise YoY; PBS' NewsHour says its audience rose 34%
Twitter pulls funding for BuzzFeed's AM to DM due to the business impact of COVID-19, forcing BuzzFeed to suspend the show, with staffers' last day on April 28