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8:15 AM ET, May 11, 2020


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Travis Andrews / Washington Post:
Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo say they are removing a viral 26-minute trailer for “Plandemic”, a conspiracy film that features well-known anti-vaxxers  —  Social media companies including YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook are removing a viral conspiracy theory video because of its claims regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
As Australian and French regulators plan to make tech companies pay publishers for news content, leaders from Ireland to Malaysia say they are paying attention  —  News organizations have long hoped that tech platforms would pay them for news.  Now regulators abroad are moving to make that happen.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump, devoid of a plan to combat COVID-19, is relying on the media to amplify his lies and spin; instead, the focus should be on experts and personal stories  —  Comparing the number of deaths from covid-19 to those caused by car crashes never made any sense.  But the gimmick caught on anyway.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Knight Foundation:
Gallup/Knight survey: 65% of US adults favor local news orgs receiving COVID-19 relief money, but their willingness to personally pay for local news remains low  —  The economic slowdown affecting the U.S. is worsening an already perilous financial situation for local news organizations, especially local newspapers.
Pew Research Center:
Pew survey of US adults: 59% say news media provides information they need about COVID-19 while 24% disagree; partisan divide over media's usefulness persists
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
National Labor Relations Board on Friday ruled against every objection raised by Hearst to the bargaining unit proposed by the WGAE and ordered a union election  —  When the editorial staff of Hearst Magazines decided to form a union with the Writers Guild of America, East, they expected some resistance from their powerful employer.
Patsy Widakuswara / Voice of America:
VOA's semi-independent and sometimes aggressive news coverage has caused tension with the WH for decades that has only escalated with the current administration  —  For the Voice of America news executive who made the fateful decision, the scoop was too extraordinary and important to pass up.
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 …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Six months after the glitzy launch of Facebook News, sources at seven publishers say they have seen little impact as the company focuses on other things  —  Publishers who are used to seeing Facebook launch a new product with much fanfare, then have momentum fizzle, are starting to get a familiar feeling.
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Reuters Institute: of 226 news outlets across 23 EU countries, those orgs with higher accuracy assessments from experts tend to have higher public trust ratings  —  French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire is seen on a TV screen during a television interview at the Bercy Finance Ministry …
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Forced to cancel moneymaking in-person events, some media companies have switched with success to virtual events that have driven audience growth and revenue