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8:45 PM ET, April 24, 2020

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emptywheel:
NYT, WaPo, NBC have once again opted for a both sides approach in their coverage of Trump's suggestion of ingesting disinfectant as coronavirus treatment  —  Last night, an increasingly desperate President went on live TV and advised that people might try ingesting disinfectant to cure COVID-19.
Poynter:
Gannett laid off an undisclosed number of staff across its papers on Friday; source: the cuts relate to its integration with GateHouse following its 2019 merger  —  Gannett merged with GateHouse in late 2019 to become the largest newspaper chain in the U.S. with 261 newspapers in 46 states
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to step down, President and COO John Stankey will take over the position on July 1  —  Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc.  —  AT&T announced CEO Randall Stephenson will step down.  President and COO John Stankey will take over the position on July 1.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
A group of 75+ scholars and non-profits urges social media companies to preserve data on content removal during the pandemic and make it available for research  —  The data provides an ‘unprecedented opportunity’  —  A group of scholars and nonprofit organizations have asked web platforms …
Jeremy Klaszus / @klaszus:
[Thread] Spruce founder details how the digital outlet was excluded from Canada's Local Journalism Initiative, which he says is crafted by and for legacy papers  —  Soooo the newspaper lobby group administering the Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) for the Canadian government explicitly barred @sprawlcalgary from eligibility for federal funds. Don't know whether to laugh or cry. THREAD
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
MGM lays off 7% of its workforce, ~50 staff, including in scripted, unscripted TV and feature film, while United Artists Releasing furloughs third of its staff  —  Deadline has confirmed that MGM has cut 7% of its 750 member staff -roughly 50 jobs- across all departments including scripted, unscripted TV and feature film.
Sam Kille / Report for America:
Report for America announces its 2020 corps, which comprises 225 journalists vs. 59 in 2019, to be placed in 162 outlets, and $2.5M in funding from Facebook  —  Report for America today announced the selection of 225 journalists for its 2020 reporting corps.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Leaked images from 2019 show Google considered a feature that let users tip money to websites like Wired or NYT as part of its Contributor program  —  Leaked images obtained by TechCrunch reveal that Google considered and designed a feature that would let people donate money to websites …
 
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Adam Uren / Bring Me The News:
Minnesota's Eden Prairie News and Lakeshore Weekly News close; they were among the 11 papers Alden's MNG acquired in February when it bought Red Wind Publishing
Discussion: SWNewsMedia.com and @jenwsheehan
Kelly McBride / NPR:
NPR's new public editor Kelly McBride, formerly at Poynter, reflects on the outlet's strength helping people navigate news that so often induces rage and sorrow
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's Independent Digital News and Media furloughs a “limited number of staff” and institutes 20% pay cuts for everyone earning more than £37,500 per year
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Google to require all advertisers to verify their identities, starting in the US; existing advertisers will have 30 days to complete the verification process