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8:40 AM ET, May 4, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
Carl Miller / BBC:
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
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
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
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.
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  —  In February, as President Trump was projecting confidence that China's Xi Jinping had the coronavirus under control …
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  —  A new generation is making gains on everything from layoff protections to gender neutral pronouns.  Can they bring that same energy to saving the industry?
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  —  We're committed to keeping our readers informed. … To get to the White House Rose Garden during the pandemic …
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  —  The earliest mention I could find of “false balance” in news reporting appeared in a 1988 Boston Globe article, “TV Manipulation in the '88 Campaign.”
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 …
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 More News: 
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Report for America's co-founders explain decision to send journalists to Gannett and McClatchy outlets, saying doing so better serves readers and communities
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
LA Times Guild accepts 20% cut in pay and hours for its members for 12 weeks starting May 10, saving the paper $2M+; the guild represents nearly 440 journalists
Ben Smith / New York Times:
News Corp says David Rhodes, a former Fox News exec and once CBS News president, has been advising News Corp's UK operation, speculating a return to Fox News