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11:40 AM ET, May 1, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
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  —  The rise of digital disrupted the news business in countless ways, but one of the most profound was the loss of the publisher's role as curator.
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.
Discussion: Reclaim The Net and Beyond Search
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?
Discussion: CelebrityAccess
Ben Smith / New York Times:
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  —  FAMILY FEUD  —  Ehrin Van Marter hasn't had outside contact with anyone in five weeks.  Her boomer parents are hosting weekly parties.
New York Times:
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have declined to remove Trump's comments on UV and disinfectants curing COVID-19, despite commitments to removing misinformation  —  Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have declined to remove the president's statements about unproven coronavirus treatments.
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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
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
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Journalists in several newsrooms owned by Gannett have been blocked from hosting union elections because management has yet to agree to mail-in ballots
Laura Wagner / VICE:
Tribune Publishing staffers staged a protest in an internal Slack channel, after the company announced furloughs and pay cuts of 2%-10% while paying dividends
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
Discussion: Ad Age, AdExchanger and MediaPost
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
McClatchy rolls out a text-to-speech feature, which creates audio versions of articles with ad inserts; its pilot program saw story page views rise 89%
Discussion: @kolbemarket and The Hill