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7:55 AM ET, April 20, 2020


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Nour Haydar / ABC:
Australia orders the creation of a mandatory code of conduct requiring platforms like Google and Facebook to pay media businesses for news content  —  The Federal Government has ordered the competition watchdog to develop a mandatory code of conduct to govern commercial dealings between tech giants and news media companies.
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Some linear cable TV channels are still not gaining viewers even under lockdowns, as ESPN and Disney were down 62% and 37% YoY respectively the week of April 12  —  - Virus accelerates the trend to more online video viewing  — Sports networks tumble, while cable news enjoys a surge
Mark Di Stefano / Financial Times:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle write to the editors of The Sun, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, and Daily Mail, promising to never work with them again  —  Former royal couple vow to cut off UK newspapers over ‘distorted and invasive’ stories  —  Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How US State Department's decision to expel Chinese state media employees gave China an excuse to kick out American reporters right as the coronavirus took off  —  American journalists were showing the world the devastating effects of China's botched response to the coronavirus.  Now, many have been kicked out.
Blake Robbins / Blake Robbins' Newsletter:
Profile of MrBeast, a 21-year-old YouTube content creator who pioneered video challenges and has ~34M subscribers, averaging ~1.5M+ new subscribers per month  —  Sign up now  —  MrBeast, aka Jimmy Donaldson, is the most interesting creator on YouTube.  MrBeast is one of the fastest-growing YouTube creators.
Discussion: @blakeir
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
The UK government has become a key source of advertising revenue for publishers during COVID-19, launching a three month partnership worth, sources say, £35M  —  At a time when some advertisers are hitting pause on spending and others are avoiding appearing next to coronavirus articles …
Ann Cooper / Journalist's ResourceJournalist's Resource:
Q&A with CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon on recent press restrictions from governments over COVID-19 coverage and the lack of pushback from western leaders  —  As political leaders around the globe battle the coronavirus, a growing number of national governments are using the crisis …
Discussion: @niemanreports
Nicholas Diakopoulos / Columbia Journalism Review:
As journalists make predictions beyond elections amid the pandemic, they face a new ethical dilemma and must consider their own role in influencing outcomes  —  univac, the first general-purpose digital computer, was put into production in 1951.  By 1952 journalists at CBS were already using …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
The Guardian and Kaiser Health News partner on Lost on the Frontline, a crowdsourced project documenting the lives of health care workers who died from COVID-19  —  The joint Guardian-Kaiser Health News project also wants to include other hospital staff, home health aides, and nursing home workers.
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