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10:10 PM ET, May 1, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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."
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
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.
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.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
SimilarWeb figures indicate the BBC was the biggest news site in the first half of April with ~40M average daily visits, up from 33.8M at the same time in 2019  —  Most of the world's biggest news websites saw their online traffic drop off in early April after interest in Covid-19 peaked …
Discussion: @marklittlenews
Poll of US adults finds 40% of those who go to concerts, movies sports events, and theme parks would go again before a vaccine was available, and 40% wouldn't  —  Universal Music Publishing Unveils ‘Solutions,’ Network of Sync Offerings for Film, TV, Advertising
KC Ifeanyi / Fast Company:
Pandora founder Tim Westergren launches Sessions, a free live-streaming platform for artists where audiences can leave tips, in beta in 200+ countries  —  Disillusioned after leaving Pandora, Tim Westergren set out to create a better kind of streaming platform.  Can he save struggling artists while redeeming himself?
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Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
The spread of coronavirus is pitting family members against each other over the severity of the pandemic with the fault lines determined by news appetites
Discussion: @indayevarona
Ben Smith / @benyt:
Alden Global Capital's Heath Freeman is circulating a letter to other newspaper owners suggesting a joint campaign to demand fees from big tech for news outlets
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The NYT is adding David Leonhardt as host of its flagship newsletter The Morning Briefing, to be rebranded as The Morning, which already has 17M+ subscribers
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Amazon to cut Kindle ebook prices in UK from Friday as the 20% VAT on online publications is dropped; government to spend £35M on newspaper ads over 3 months
YouGov: COVID-19 hasn't affected trust in the media in the UK as 47% say they trust the BBC; 46% of Labour voters trust upmarket papers vs. 29% of Tories
Ben Smith / New York Times:
CNN, MSNBC, and others so far failed to book Biden accuser Tara Reade, while she turned down offers from Hannity; source: Reade is in talks with Chris Wallace
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Hollywood Reporter names AP's Nekesa Mumbi Moody editorial director, replacing Matthew Belloni, who quit over reported disputes with owners on news coverage
AT&T says it will bring its advertising unit Xandr under its WarnerMedia label