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5:05 PM ET, April 18, 2020


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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.
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 …
Pew Research Center:
Pew study of open-ended responses to a survey in early March reveals significant confusion and suspicion about information on the risks and origins of COVID-19  —  During the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, about half of Americans (48%) said they had encountered …
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Julian Wyllie / Current:
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's board approves a plan to give half of its $75M federal relief funds to public TV and the other half to public radio  —  CPB's board of directors unanimously approved a plan to divide the corporation's $75 million in federal emergency relief funds between public television and radio stations.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Reporters grounded from the political campaign trail worry about missing swing-state voters' voices, after outlets pledged to avoid the same mistakes from 2016  —  The boys (and girls) aren't on the bus.  That means no face-to-face interviews with swing-state voters, no hotel-bar meetings …
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 …
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Starz reports new subscribers increased 142% and viewership on the Starz streaming app rose 44% in the US since stay-at-home orders began on March 14  —  The ‘Outlander’ channel has seen new customer adds jump 142 percent and viewership on Starz App rise 44 percent since Americans started to shelter at home.
Discussion: @thr, CNBC and The Streamable
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
Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
Indian Newspaper Society, which represents ~1,000 publishers, estimates $2B loss for the industry in the next half year, seeks a 50% increase in gov't ad rates  —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's vibrant newspaper industry that reaches tens of millions of readers daily has been ravaged …
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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
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
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