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11:55 PM ET, May 8, 2020


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Bill Birtles / ABC:
China has forced out 19 foreign journalists in 12 months, including Chris Buckley, the respected Australian reporter for NYT who has covered China for 24 years  —  After 24 years reporting in China, Chris Buckley — a highly regarded and experienced foreign journalist …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Forced to cancel moneymaking in-person events, some media companies have switched with success to virtual events that have driven audience growth and revenue  —  New York (CNN Business)Fans of Bon Appétit's Test Kitchen chefs were invited to the “Best Weekend Ever” event in New York City last fall.
Washington Post:
Megyn Kelly debuts first on-camera interview of Biden accuser Tara Reade on Kelly's YouTube channel, after Reade canceled scheduled appearances on Fox and CNN  —  Megyn Kelly says she became curious about Tara Reade from the intermittent and irregular bursts of news coverage about her accusations against Joe Biden.
Laura McGann / Vox:
To hold up to scrutiny, #metoo reporting has been built on extraordinary amounts of evidence and multiple accusers, factors missing in the case of Tara Reade
Abby Ohlheiser / MIT Technology Review:
A look at the symbiotic ties of anti-vaxxers and COVID-19 conspiracy theorists with mainstream YouTubers, as the platform tries to regulate misinformation  —  Covid-19 conspiracy theorists are still getting millions of views on YouTube, even as the platform cracks down on health misinformation.
Diana Falzone / VICE:
The five women who sued NY1 for age and gender discrimination in 2019 say they have had to endure retaliation that has created an even more toxic environment  —  Last June, five female anchors and reporters at the New York cable news channel NY1 sued their employer, alleging systemic gender and age discrimination.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Music streaming company LiveXLive acquires Courtside Group, owner of podcast network PodcastOne, for ~$18M; Podcast One generates 2B+ episode downloads annually  —  Music livestreamer LiveXLive is diversifying its business with the acquisition of PodcastOne, a podcast network that hosts shows …
Savannah Jacobson / Columbia Journalism Review:
Natasha Daly, a National Geographic reporter and editor, hopes to encourage healthy skepticism as she fact checks return-of-the-wild stories amid the lockdown  —  These days, people are desperate for good news.  Cheerful stories about animals reclaiming their territory—elephants roaming free in China …
Victor Pickard / The Nation:
Converting post offices into places to produce community media, with public broadband, would strengthen the original USPS purpose of delivering news and ideas  —  The postal service is a core democratic infrastructure—and it's time we remember that and fund it appropriately.
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD:
ENTtech Media halts Paper Magazine's print edition, lays of four staff, and implements pay cuts ranging from 20% to 30% for the highest paid employees  —  Paper owner EnTech Media has halted print issues, temporarily cut pay and laid off a few staffers.  —  Paper Magazine …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Internal email: US News & World Report imposes 90-day furloughs affecting 10%-15% of the company's roughly 320 employees, a move that closely follows pay cuts  —  U.S. News & World Report on Thursday apprised staffers that it is instituting 90-day furloughs across the company's divisions …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
YouTube and ViacomCBS expand carriage deal, add 14 new networks, including BET, MTV, and Comedy Central, to YouTube TV this summer
News Corp:
News Corp reported $2.27B in revenue for the quarter ending March 31, down 8% YoY, with a net loss of $1B vs. net income of $23M in the prior year
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
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