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11:40 AM ET, May 4, 2020


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Elliott Management is financing a patent lawsuit by interactive-video company Eko, which it will take an equity stake in, against Quibi  —  Elliott, run by billionaire Paul Singer, will fund the suit by interactive-video company Eko and take an equity stake
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
How Politico, NYT, NBC's Nightly News, and a freelance journalist in SF are producing projects that inform kids about the pandemic without scaring them  —  “Grownups, we have our various coping mechanisms and ways of processing this strange new reality.  We have our Zoom calls and our alcohol and our memes.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
A look at the growing role of news unions, now with more diverse leaders and class consciousness, and their potential to shape publisher-platform relationships  —  Cheered on by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others, a new generation is making gains on everything from layoff protections to gender-neutral pronouns.
Aidan Connaughton / Pew Research Center:
Five takeaways from global surveys on press freedom: those with more education value a free press, most people say the press is doing a good job, and more  —  Since the United Nations proclaimed May 3 World Press Freedom Day in 1993, the day has been used to celebrate the fundamental principles …
Discussion: Politico and RAPPLER
Teresa Mioli / Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas:
On World Press Freedom Day, press advocates mark the occasion with online events and social media campaigns focused on journalist security during the pandemic
Discussion: Poynter
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Poynter Institute launches a COVID-19 chatbot on WhatsApp that uses information from 100+ independent fact-checkers in 70+ countries to debunk falsehoods  —  You can now debunk thousands of coronavirus-related hoaxes with a few texts on WhatsApp .  —  Poynter Institute …
Carl Miller / BBC:
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Conor Gallagher / The Irish Times:
Ireland's National Union of Journalists releases a rescue plan for embattled Irish media industry, including calls for a 6% “windfall tax” on tech giants  —  Media firms getting public cash should have 25% employee representation on board - NUJ  —  Technology giants should be subject …
SoundCloud is launching its own Twitch channel with a slate of original programming that includes panel conversations, music sets, and more  —  SoundCloud is launching its own channel on livestreaming platform Twitch, with a slate of original programming that includes panel conversations, music sets and more.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Profile of theCHIVE, an apolitical men's website built on frat culture and styled in the pre-#MeToo era, as it expands into a TV streaming service for bars  —  The website defined frat culture in 2010, but can it survive a decade later?  —  Boobs are back.  They probably never left.
Meggie Gates / Consequence of Sound:
Pop artists are embracing a future where TikTok, Twitter, and Twitch dictate what's memeable and successful, with Lil Nas X, Drake, and Lizzo leading the pack  —  The fate of a pop artist now belongs in the hands of Twitch, Twitter, and Tik Tok  —  You may barely remember the Harlem Shake videos …
Columbia Journalism Review:
An overview of the News Ecosystem Mapping Project, which offers researchers a granular look at the local news landscape in NJ to help understand disruption  —  Local journalism has become more important than ever.  Even before the coronavirus pandemic, researchers were seeking new ways …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
NYT launches online campaign encouraging people to support their local newsrooms with a searchable database of for- and nonprofit local news orgs in the US
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Catherine Sweeney / Poynter:
Reporters covering the COVID-19 crisis may be more exposed to “anticipatory grief” that comes with unpredictable and prolonged stories with mounting losses
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Trump's press briefings should be seen in full with all of his contradictions and incoherence because quotes in articles only help him articulate his worldview
Maria Bustillos / Columbia Journalism Review:
Media's insistence on false balance in political reporting is part of its role in selling stability and certainty, without which they cannot operate effectively
Washington Post:
Profile of Matt Pottinger, a former WSJ reporter who faced intimidation in China and is now shaping Trump's China policy, including pushing “Wuhan virus” label
UK ad market to contract 16.7%, from £25.36B in 2019 to £21.13B in 2020; TV ad spend to drop 19.8%, magazines 25.1%, regional news 24.1%, national outlets 20.5%
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Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Independent News Emergency Relief Coordination, chaired by Reuters Institute, launches to help funders provide relief to independent news orgs amid the pandemic
Pew Research Center:
Pew survey of US adults: national news is major source of info on COVID-19 for 56%, local news for 46%; 50% find it hard to tell what's true about the outbreak