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12:45 PM ET, April 27, 2020


 Top News: 
The Independent:
FT reporter Mark Di Stefano accessed confidential Zoom calls at The Independent and Evening Standard where staff were informed of pay cuts and furloughs  —  Media correspondent eavesdropped on Zoom meetings as staff were told sensitive news of pay cuts and furloughs during pandemic
Guido Fawkes:
The Financial Times has suspended media and technology correspondent Mark Di Stefano  —  The Financial Times has suspended recently hired Mark Di Stefano as media and technology correspondent.  The tenacious reporter joined from Buzzfeed where he covered media and politics.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
As Condé Nast struggles to find a successful business model amid COVID-19, former editors Graydon Carter and Robert Gottlieb still draw large pension checks  —  The theatrical flourishes and lavish lifestyles of the great media figures of a generation seem ill suited to the moment.
Pew Research Center:
Pew survey of US adults: while 92% say they are following COVID-19 news, 69% of those over 65 are doing so “very closely” compared to 42% of 18-29-year-olds  —  An overwhelming majority of all U.S. adults (92%) said in late March that they were fairly or very closely following news …
Andy Lack / NBC News:
The chairman of NBC News and MSNBC says Trump has put the “bully in bully pulpit” by attacking reporters but “the heart of journalism has never been stronger”  —  At this dark hour, Americans are scared.  They're hungry for accurate information and the unvarnished truth.
Joe Hagan / Vanity Fair:
In his first interview since leaving MSNBC, Chris Matthews admits he made a sexist comment to a guest that led to his early retirement  —  Biden has to absorb Sanders's ideas “to his heart.”  Klobuchar is his ideal V.P. And the article that hastened his exit was “highly justified.”
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Faced with multiple crises, Trump has returned to a familiar media strategy: blasting out pointless digressions or outright lies to distract and confuse people  —  Trump speaks at his April 23 coronavirus briefing.  Bill Bryan, an official at the Department of Homeland Security, sits nearby.
Obituary desks at newspapers are expanding all across the US in an effort to convert somber death toll statistics of COVID-19 into deeply personal human stories  —  New York (CNN Business)A few weeks ago, The Chicago Tribune had four reporters and a single editor working on obituaries.
Joy Press / Vanity Fair:
TV showrunners and crew members reflect on the week of March 9 when all production across the US ground to a halt after the COVID-19 danger became real  —  By March 6, Rikers had started to feel dangerous.  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is filmed on a soundstage at Chelsea Piers, in Manhattan.
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Cinnamon Janzer / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists are growing increasingly concerned amid the pandemic over the CDC's restrictive press policies that have limited access to its scientists for years
American Press Institute:
Q&A with the co-founder of NY-based nonprofit news outlet Documented on using WhatsApp to reach immigrant communities and how COVID-19 has changed their work
Kevin Lerner / Nieman Lab:
As information about the coronavirus pandemic is evolving so rapidly, journalists should get used to conveying uncertainty in long-developing, ongoing stories
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
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