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8:35 AM ET, April 28, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Fox News cuts ties with Diamond & Silk, who've contributed original content to Fox Nation since 2018, after they pushed conspiracy theories about the pandemic  —  The MAGA superstars lost their Fox gig after pushing absolutely wild conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 …
Abby Ohlheiser / MIT Technology Review:
A look at the ways medical professionals are using TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube to combat COVID-19 misinformation and the challenges they face as influencers  —  When President Donald Trump suggested during a press conference that doctors should look into treating covid-19 patients with an …
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
Gavin Edwards / New York Times:
Six newspaper cartoonists share the different ways they are addressing the pandemic and its societal impact  —  Daily newspaper cartoonists have finally caught up with the coronavirus.  —  As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world, many in the United States self-quarantined …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Publishers are becoming worried that ad tech companies could default on payments, creating a ripple effect, as the global ad market weakens during the pandemic  —  Publishers are wary of the domino effect on their programmatic advertising businesses if ad tech firms default on their payments.
Discussion: AdExchanger
Baseless YouTube conspiracy videos, embraced by CCP media and uploaded to WeChat, Weibo, claim a US Army reservist started the pandemic and are ruining her life  —  Maatje Benassi, a US Army reservist and mother of two, has become the target of conspiracy theorists who falsely place …
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Hollywood studios and unions, including Disney, Warner Bros., and DGA, are developing new industry protocols to protect against COVID-19 on set  —  Studios and guilds are debating a phased approach that includes pretesting for antibodies, quarantining sets and airline-style packaged meals …
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner / The Atlantic:
London's National Theatre has found online success amid COVID-19 through NT Live, founded in 2009, which films on-stage events for YouTube and other platforms  —  The intimate camerawork of its web broadcasts gives everyone the best seat in the house.  —  For the past few weeks …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
As the pandemic halts filming, ad agencies are increasingly turning towards digitally altered, deepfake-style ads that repurpose old footage for new uses  —  With the pandemic having shut down production, companies are asking ad agencies to create commercials made up of digitally altered footage.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Federal judge dismisses most of WGA's claims in its lawsuit against major talent agencies, including the claim that packaging fees amount to illegal kickbacks  —  A federal judge on Monday dismissed most of the Writers Guild of America's lawsuit against the major talent agencies …
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
WarnerMedia and Apple reach a deal to give free HBO Max access to existing HBO customers billed through Apple
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Dan Rys / Billboard:
Tidal to launch a free tier for video content called Tidal Access featuring performances, documentaries, conversations, and a curated spotlight channel
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 Earlier Picks: 
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”
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
Eryn Carlson / Nieman Reports:
A look at “speculative journalism”, used to give audiences an insight into complex or abstract events and imagined futures, and its potential drawbacks
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