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7:35 AM ET, March 26, 2020

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 Top News: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
While Trump's new briefings draw strong TV ratings, some journalists and health experts worry about airing misleading or wrong information and personal attacks  —  The president's viewership has rivaled the audiences for hit reality shows and prime-time football.  But some worry about misinformation.
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News anchors, from its supposedly hard-hitting news division, failed to challenge Trump as he repeatedly misled viewers during the coronavirus town hall  —  New York (CNN Business)Anchors at Fox News failed to meaningfully challenge President Trump as he repeatedly misled …
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
KUOW, a public radio station in WA, says it'll no longer air White House COVID-19 briefings due to misleading info and difficulty of fact checking in real-time
Craig Aaron / Columbia Journalism Review:
What a stimulus package for journalism should look like, including doubling federal funds for public media and direct support for daily and weekly newsrooms  —  The coronavirus COVID-19 has upended everything, including business as usual in Washington.  In a matter of days …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Memo: BuzzFeed announces graduated salary cuts in April and May, with staffers in the lowest bracket facing 5% cuts and executives taking 14% to 25% cuts  —  Some staffers, including executives, will see a nearly 25-percent pay cut.  And one source said CEO Jonah Peretti will not take a salary as the crisis continues.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
TV hosts are adapting to realities of covering a pandemic from studios in bedrooms and basements, losing video quality but with a new efficiency and intimacy  —  New York (CNN Business)Many of America's most popular and influential television hosts are now broadcasting live from bedrooms and basements.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter, which recently updated safety policies for COVID-19, blocked a tweet by The Federalist saying it's time to consider “controlled voluntary infection”  —  A tweet by conservative online magazine The Federalist, which suggested people should deliberately infect themselves …
Pew Research Center:
Pew survey: 57% of Americans who rely mostly on social media for political and election news say they've seen “news” that seemed made up about COVID-19  —  While coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic consumes the nation's news, people whose most common pathway to political and election news …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
AMC Theatres has furloughed 600+ employees at its Kansas headquarters, including CEO Adam Aron; staffers get reduced or no pay but keep health insurance access  —  EXCLUSIVE, Updated: AMC has issued a statement in regards to the news today that it has furloughed 600 employees at its headquarter in Leawood, KS.
Discussion: Variety, Forbes, /Film, Collider and The Wrap
Greg Dool / Folio:
Editors of four city magazines explain how their newsrooms are navigating the coronavirus crisis while reorienting their strategies and keeping readers informed  —  As the COVID-19 pandemic forces marketers to tighten their advertising budgets and organizers to cancel or postpone events …
Discussion: D Magazine
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal is repurposing the news products it had built to highlight its election coverage to occasional readers to cover coronavirus instead  —  The Wall Street Journal spent months designing, testing, and perfecting a slate of tools and news products around what was sure …
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
SEC filing: Comcast has raised $4B from the sale of debt securities; the move follows Disney, which raised $6B last week  —  Comcast has raised $4 billion from the sale of debt securities, according to an SEC filing in the midst of an escalating economic crisis, following Disney, which raised $6 billion last Friday.
Discussion: @dylanbyers
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK clears DMGT's purchase of the i newspaper; DMGT bought the i from JPI Media for £49.6M in November
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
UK's public service broadcasters call on the government to financially support freelancers working in the industry “as a matter of urgency”
BBC:
BBC News has suspended plans, announced in January, to cut 450 jobs as it faces the demands of covering the coronavirus pandemic
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Analyst estimates Facebook and Google could lose $44B+ in 2020 global ad revenue due to COVID-19; Facebook says its ad business has weakened in affected places
Joyce Gannon / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pittsburgh-area newspapers cut staff, suspend or combine print editions, and launch fundraising appeals, as a 175-year old weekly permanently closes
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ProPublica:
In the last two weeks, several US conservative radio hosts were telling millions of listeners that the coronavirus furor is a politically motivated overreaction
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Esquire has quietly trimmed its print edition to six per year, down from eight, and says the reduction is not coronavirus-related but to improve print quality
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Google brings its Podcasts app to iOS and unveils a redesign of Android app, with users' listening habits syncable across platforms via Google Podcasts for Web
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Concert notification service Bandsintown partners with Twitch to let artists fast-track new Twitch accounts to Affiliate status, unlocking monetization tools
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Some major towns in the UK lose their only print newspaper, leaving self-isolating older people without trusted news sources, as JPI Media suspends 12 titles
Vijaya Gadde / Twitter:
Twitter is donating $500K each to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women's Media Foundation
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mozilla launches Firefox Better Web with Scroll for Firefox tracking protection and Scroll's ad-free browsing experience for $2.50/mo. for the first six months