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10:05 AM ET, May 2, 2020


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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
LA Times Guild accepts 20% cut in pay and hours for its members for 12 weeks starting May 10, saving the paper $2M+; the guild represents nearly 440 journalists  —  Los Angeles Times' newsroom guild agreed Friday to accept a 20% reduction in pay and hours for its members amid a devastating decline …
Aaron Freedman / American Prospect:
Five years ago, unions barely existed in digital media, and now 35 digital media brands are unionized; organizing continues amid the pandemic  —  Five years ago, unions barely existed in digital media.  Today, they may save the industry from the worst of the COVID-19 depression—and provide a model to other working professionals.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump's new press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held the first official White House press briefing since March 11, 2019, and claims “I will never lie to you”  —  President Trump's new press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held her first White House briefing on Friday, the first official press briefing since March 11, 2019.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
News Corp says David Rhodes, a former Fox News exec and once CBS News president, has been advising News Corp's UK operation, speculating a return to Fox News  —  David Rhodes, a news executive who has held leadership roles at CBS News and Bloomberg, has been advising the media empire's British operation.
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef:
Financial Times media and technology correspondent Mark Di Stefano, who had been suspended for accessing confidential Zoom calls at rival publications, resigns  —  Hi, letting everyone know today was my last day at the FT. This afternoon I offered my resignation. Thank you everyone who has given support. I'm now going to take some time away and log off x
Bobbie Johnson / MIT Technology Review:
Pandemic conspiracy theories are being spread using Wayback Machine links of content already discredited by fact-checkers and even deleted  —  Pandemic conspiracy theorists are using the Wayback Machine to promote “zombie content” that evades moderators and fact-checkers.
Discussion: @bobbie, @bobbie, @bobbie and @bobbie
Sources: NBCUniversal has reportedly started discussing cost-cutting measures, including significant layoffs across its media and entertainment properties  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) owned NBCUniversal is evaluating a significant reduction of staff across its portfolio of media …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Pence's staff threatens to punish a VOA reporter who tweeted that Pence's office told journalists to wear masks on a clinic visit, a rule Pence didn't follow  —  Vice President Pence's office has threatened to retaliate against a reporter who revealed that Pence's office had told journalists …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Charlie Plowman, owner of Outlook Newspapers, buys the assets of three recently shut down papers from the California Times; 14 laid off staff won't be rehired  —  Charlie Plowman, owner of Outlook Newspapers in La Cañada Flintridge, has acquired the assets of three recently shuttered newspapers …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
New Tow Center report on digital security in journalism finds many news outlets fail to provide the training, resources, or encouragement to protect journalists  —  “This is what it is to do journalism in tech — in an online world.  It's time to put the typewriters down and fire up the VPN and get out there and do your job."
Judge orders Google to pay AU$40K in a defamation case, calls Google a publisher, saying it's designed by humans who can remove objectionable content  —  Google has been ordered to pay $40,000 in damages to a Melbourne lawyer after a Supreme Court of Victoria ruling found the internet giant was a publisher, and had defamed the man.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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