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8:25 PM ET, October 5, 2020


 Top News: 
Allan Smith / NBC News:
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she has tested positive for COVID-19  —  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is the latest administration official to test positive for Covid-19, she revealed on Twitter on Monday morning.  —  Her diagnosis means that nine people tied …
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.
Bill Grueskin / Columbia Journalism Review:
From his Rose Garden Garrett nomination party to his SUV joyride from Walter Reed, the media is right to say Trump is recklessly endangering others' lives  —  The president of the United States is acting like a drunk driver, and the press needs to cover him that way.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Following McEnany's diagnosis, reporters say they are furious about WH's cavalier attitude toward their safety and criticize the timidity of WHCA's statement  —  Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's COVID-19 diagnosis has only added to journalists' frustration—and anxiety—at 1600 Penn.
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 …
Cineworld Group, the owner of Regal Cinemas, to suspend operations at all of its theaters in the US and UK beginning on Thursday, affecting 45,000 employees  —  New York/London (CNN Business)Cineworld Group, the owner of Regal Cinemas, will suspend operations at all of its theaters …
Rebecca Davis / Variety:
China box office bounced back this weekend to its pre-pandemic levels, with revenue hitting nearly $260M on the mainland
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Alex Emmons / The Intercept:
In a memo, VOA asks its journalists who are publicly critical of government agencies to recuse themselves from covering those agencies  —  Amid allegations of political interference at Voice of America, a Trump ally who heads the outlet's parent agency has issued restrictive policy guidelines …
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 …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine announces that he will soon step down and that the paper will begin searching for his replacement  —  Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine announced that he would soon step down and that the paper was launching a search for a new top editor.
Jeff Young / 89.3 WFPL News Louisville:
A look at efforts by journalists to cover the Appalachia region, often misunderstood and stereotyped, including establishing accessible lists of local reporters  —  It wasn't too long ago that Michael Farmer, a pastor in Charleston, West Virginia, received an email asking him a question …
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 …
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 More News: 
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Spotify updates its iOS and Android apps to let users search for songs by lyrics, a feature Apple Music has had since 2018
Discussion: The Verge
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast's ad-supported streaming TV service Xumo says its US user base grew 2.5x since January to reach 24M+ MAUs, with total hours streamed more than doubling
Ryan McMorrow / Financial Times:
Sources: TikTok's content policy was run until last year by a former Chinese government official who worked in China's Tehran embassy before joining in 2018
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
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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
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