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8:15 AM ET, April 27, 2020


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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.
Charlie Beckett / Polis:
Q&A with Viktoriia Samatova, head of applied innovation at Reuters, on how the news org employs AI and her role working at the intersection of AI and journalism  —  Viktoriia Samatova is the Managing Director of the Applied Innovations Team at Reuters Technology.  She is based in Toronto, Canada.
Discussion: @charliebeckett
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  —  On April 4, a Los Angeles Times story about the varying effects of the novel coronavirus contained a remarkable paragraph:
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.”
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
WH unsuccessfully tried to force CNN's Kaitlan Collins to move to the back row at Friday's briefing; Acosta: an official threatened to involve Secret Service  —  The White House attempted to force CNN's Kaitlan Collins to give up her assigned seat and move to the back row of the briefing room on Friday …
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  —  He can't make his disinfectant remarks go away.  So he's trying to douse them with doubt.  —  President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Mediaite, Washington Post and Axios
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  —  On the morning of Tuesday, February 25, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the National Center for Immunization …
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.
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.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says users are watching a lot more how-to content due to the lockdown and that YouTube updated COVID-19 policy numerous times  —  New York (CNN Business)In between all the music performances and prank videos that are staples of YouTube's trending video section …
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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
Jem Aswad / Variety:
A look at how three artists have adapted their performances, from charging for livestreaming using services like Maestro and Veeps to creating AR concerts
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Most local daily newspapers didn't qualify for PPP loans, and very few news orgs made the cut: Tampa Bay Times got $8.5M and The Poynter Institute got $737K
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Conor Humphries / Reuters:
Ireland's prime minister says the government should consider copying Australia's plan to force Facebook and Google to share advertising revenue with local media