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1:05 PM ET, May 4, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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
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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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
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