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11:40 AM ET, May 1, 2020

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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.
ABC:
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
Variety:
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:
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
Reuters:
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