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2:30 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.
Discussion: @marksweney and @jeffjarvis
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Report: more than four out of five newspapers in the US did not qualify for Paycheck Protection Program loans because of how their companies are structured  —  More than four out of five newspapers in the U.S. are not eligible for the government's Paycheck Protection Program …
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
White House reverses course after initially canceling today's coronavirus press briefing; WH did not hold a briefing over the weekend  —  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted Monday that President Trump will hold a coronavirus press briefing, after announcing earlier …
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 …
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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube to host a free digital film festival from May 29 to June 7, with 20 partners including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance, Berlin, and Venice film festivals  —  With COVID-19 shuttering film fests worldwide, YouTube has stepped in to launch a 10-day digital film festival this spring with 20 partners …
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.
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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
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
Shawn Reynaldo / Pitchfork:
DJs are turning to various livestream platforms to earn a living amid lockdowns, but artists who made the records they play aren't necessarily being compensated
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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
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