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9:45 PM ET, March 26, 2020

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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Leak from a Fortune 50 company shows blocking of ads based on COVID-19 keywords led to 2M+ ads blocked so far in March, for NYT, CNN, USA Today, WaPo  —  The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus.
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Films can qualify for the Golden Globes without being screened in a theater, organizers announce; a special screening process will be in effect until April 30  —  At least until April 30, but possibly beyond even that, films can qualify for consideration by the HFPA even if they do not first screen in a theater.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Epic Games launches Epic Games Publishing, says it will cover up to 100% of development costs while game creators retain 100% of IP and full creative control  —  ‘The publishing model we always wanted’  —  Fortnite maker Epic Games is getting into publishing in a big way.
Toni Gidwani / The Keyword:
Google sent users 40K warnings about phishing or malware attempts from nation-states in 2019, a 25% drop YoY; journalist and news outlet impersonations up  —  Security Engineering Manager, Threat Analysis Group  —  Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) works to counter targeted …
Maura Church / Patreon Blog:
Patreon says 30,000+ creators signed up in the first three weeks of March; average new patron growth in 6 countries, including US and Italy, was 36.2% over Feb.  —  Right now is a stressful time to be a creator.  In a time when so many around the world are deeply affected …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
App Annie: the Disney+ mobile app was downloaded 5M times in the seven European countries in which it launched Tuesday; service will launch in France on April 7  —  Disney Plus zoomed out of gate in Europe and the U.K. on Tuesday, according to third-party data estimates …
Discussion: The Streamable
Facebook Grant Program:
The Facebook Journalism Project announces first round of $5,000 grants to North American local newsrooms for costs associated with COVID-19 pandemic coverage  —  The Facebook Journalism Project (FJP), the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Local Media Association (LMA) …
David Stout / New York Times:
Richard Reeves, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of books on presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, and others, has died at 83  —  His books on Kennedy, Nixon, Clinton and others could be as unsparing as his syndicated column.  He was also a familiar face on PBS public-affairs programs.
Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
W Magazine has furloughed its staff with those working on online content staying on at reduced salaries; the next print issue is postponed indefinitely  —  The magazine was sold by Condé Nast just last June.  —  W, the hefty fashion bible known for publishing the adventurous work …
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard expands its local news coverage to 12 more US cities, partners with Patch and ProPublica, and adds coronavirus coverage to all 35 supported cities
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Michael Safi / The Guardian:
Egypt revokes a Guardian reporter's press pass and makes her leave after her story on a study saying Egypt likely had more COVID-19 cases than the official toll
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
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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
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
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
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”
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
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