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7:10 AM ET, October 5, 2020


 Top News: 
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Vague info from Trump's doctors on Saturday was quickly contradicted off the record by Mark Meadows, highlighting the routine chaos of covering this White House  —  The dispatches began routinely enough for an out-of-the-ordinary day, with Pool Report #2 from Cheryl Bolen, the Bloomberg White House reporter on pool duty Saturday.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
It's no secret that a culture of lies permeates this White House, so reporters need to press for documentation and statements from credible medical experts  —  With President Trump apparently struck by covid-19 a month before a critical election and after 200,000 American deaths from the disease …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
White House Correspondents' Association says three White House journalists tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday  —  New York (CNN Business)A widening coronavirus outbreak at the White House has left members of the media scrambling to find out if they, too, are infected.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
WHCA blasted the lack of notice about President Trump's brief motorcade trip out of his hospital quarters on Sunday, criticizing the lack of transparency  —  © ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images  —  The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) on Sunday blasted President Trump's brief foray …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
ABC says its news staff who were in direct contact with former NJ Gov. Chris Christie will quarantine for 14 days, after he announced his positive COVID-19 test  —  New York (CNN)ABC News staffers who were in direct contact with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will quarantine for 14 days …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Years of White House evasions on Trump's health show the US urgently needs a reporting culture better suited to covering the decline of its many older leaders  —  The president is hospitalized and reporters are fighting for basic facts.  What should elderly leaders — many of America's top politicians …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sidestepping rules on political interference, two Trump appointees at USAGM have compiled a report claiming VOA's White House bureau chief was unfair to Trump  —  Two political appointees at the federal agency that oversees the Voice of America recently investigated one of its most prominent journalists …
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Sources: Cineworld, owner of Regal Cinemas in the US, plans to close all of its theaters across the US and UK as early as this week, with no reopening date set  —  On Sunday afternoon U.K. time, Cineworld confirmed that it is “considering the temporary closure” of its U.K. and U.S. cinemas …
Danny Funt / Columbia Journalism Review:
As more TV documentaries are being made now than ever before, a loosening of journalistic traditions is becoming part of the cost of accessing their subjects  —  Hillary Clinton was ready to bare her soul, or so Hulu subscribers were told in March.  After missing her shot at the presidency, Clinton would, at last, let her guard down.
Lea Trusty / The Engaged Journalism Lab:
Q&A with Jiquanda Johnson, executive editor of Flint Beat, on how she started the digital news site in 2017 and the kinds of support Black-owned media need  —  As part of our continuing conversations with journalism leaders centering communities of color, I recently chatted with Jiquanda Johnson …
Sam Thielman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Ken Klippenstein, the DC correspondent for The Nation, on using FOIA requests and building a source network through his pugnacious Twitter presence  —  Ken Klippenstein is not a meme.  Well, he's not just a meme.  The DC correspondent for The Nation is probably best known …
Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
Profile of Anthony Fantano, a music critic whose YouTube channel The Needle Drop attracts a young and predominantly male audience, with 2.26M subscribers  —  Anthony Fantano reviews albums and songs on his YouTube channel, The Needle Drop, bringing an old art to a new medium — and perhaps ensuring it has a future.
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Helen Stubbs / Knight Foundation:
US Survey: 62% say it is harder to be well-informed due to an increase in available info, of which 72% attribute it to mixing news and non-news items online
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media names Nadja Bellan-White as its first global CMO