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2:20 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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times:
The EIC of Santa Barbara News-Press leaves after the newspaper published an editorial by owner Wendy McCaw that compared stay-at-home orders to Nazi Germany  —  UPDATED 4 PM  —  The Santa Barbara News-Press lost its editor in chief this weekend after the newspaper published an editorial …
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A reflection on the diminished power of local newspapers, 50 years after Kent State's Akron Beacon Journal chronicled the death of four Vietnam protestors  —  Robert Giles, the second-in-command at the Akron Beacon Journal during a fateful moment 50 years ago, recalls what his boss said as he left …
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 …
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.
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Carl Miller / BBC:
Investigation by BBC and ISD think tank into the COVID-19 “infodemic” on Facebook finds right-wing misinformation had far more interactions than the WHO and CDC
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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