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1:05 PM ET, May 4, 2020

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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.
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.
Devex:
The economic fallout of the pandemic on news orgs worldwide makes global efforts like the $1B/year International Fund for Public Interest Media even more vital  —  It's hard to think of a time in recent history when access to trustworthy information has been more important.
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 …
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  —  “We are anticipating the unknown losses.  Will they be our friends?"  —  Covering tragedy is in every reporter's job description …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discussion: The Wrap and Seeking Alpha
Todd Spangler / Variety:
PewDiePie signs an exclusive livestreaming deal with YouTube, following similar deals between YouTube and other stars in recent months  —  YouTube will become the exclusive live streaming home for Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie to his millions of fans.
Carl Miller / BBC:
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
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Associated Press:
Amnesty International says journalism in Egypt has effectively become a crime with at least 12 journalists detained in crackdowns in the wake of COVID-19  —  Egyptian government using pandemic to tighten control of media and quash dissent, rights group reports
Discussion: The Guardian
 
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Billboard:
SoundCloud is launching its own Twitch channel 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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
WARC:
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%
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