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9:50 AM ET, April 28, 2020

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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
CNN:
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 …
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 …
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
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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
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
WarnerMedia and Apple reach a deal to give free HBO Max access to existing HBO customers billed through Apple
Discussion: The Verge and The Streamable
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Tidal to launch a free tier for video content called Tidal Access featuring performances, documentaries, conversations, and a curated spotlight channel
Discussion: RAIN News
 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”
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
CNN:
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