Martin Bashir: BBC journalist ‘seriously unwell’ from Covid (BBC)

BBC: Martin Bashir: BBC journalist ‘seriously unwell’ from Covid. “BBC journalist Martin Bashir is ‘seriously unwell’ with complications from coronavirus, the corporation has said. The 57-year-old, who made headlines across the world with his 1995 interview with Princess Diana, is currently BBC News religion editor.”

New York Times: As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place

New York Times: As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place. “Maine Business Daily is part of a fast-growing network of nearly 1,300 websites that aim to fill a void left by vanishing local newspapers across the country. Yet the network, now in all 50 states, is built not on traditional journalism but on propaganda ordered up by dozens of conservative think tanks, political operatives, corporate executives and public-relations professionals, a Times investigation found.”

Variety: After Coronavirus Outbreak, This CBS News White House Correspondent Works Outside the Building

Variety: After Coronavirus Outbreak, This CBS News White House Correspondent Works Outside the Building. “Paula Reid has, for the moment, moved from the White House to her house. The CBS News White House correspondent is still working her job full-time. But for the last few days, she hasn’t been doing it at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Ex-Google staffer calls for regulation of big tech to fund journalism

Sydney Morning Herald: Ex-Google staffer calls for regulation of big tech to fund journalism. “Influential technology critic Tristan Harris wants more regulation of the big tech companies and says Australia’s push to charge the tech giants to fund journalism has application on a global scale. Mr Harris is the founder and president of the Centre for Humane Technology, a former Google design ethicist and features in Netflix’s recently released documentary The Social Dilemma.”

New York Times: BuzzFeed News Pulls Reporter From White House, Citing Virus Risk

New York Times: BuzzFeed News Pulls Reporter From White House, Citing Virus Risk. “BuzzFeed News has pulled a political correspondent from the White House press pool, citing concerns that the area has become a coronavirus hot zone after President Trump, many of his top aides — including the press secretary Kayleigh McEnany — and several journalists have tested positive for the virus.”

TechCrunch: Google launches a suite of tech-powered tools for reporters, Journalist Studio

TechCrunch: Google launches a suite of tech-powered tools for reporters, Journalist Studio. “Google is putting AI and machine learning technologies into the hands of journalists. The company this morning announced a suite of new tools, Journalist Studio, that will allow reporters to do their work more easily. At launch, the suite includes a host of existing tools as well as two new products aimed at helping reporters search across large documents and visualizing data.”

Scientific American: When a Journalist Becomes a Disinformation Agent

Scientific American: When a Journalist Becomes a Disinformation Agent. “Disinformation scholars often warn that focusing on the intent of influence operations or the sophistication of their techniques overestimates their impact. It’s true that many disinformation tactics are not robust in isolation. But the targeted victim is fragile; pervasive anxiety and a deep social divide in America make us vulnerable to attacks from afar and within. And because it’s cheap and easy for bad actors to throw proverbial spaghetti at social feeds, occasionally something sticks, leading to massive amplification by major news organizations. This was my goal as an editor in chief of unreality.”

ProPublica to Launch New Regional Units in the South and Southwest; ProPublica Illinois to Expand to Midwest Regional Newsroom (ProPublica)

ProPublica: ProPublica to Launch New Regional Units in the South and Southwest; ProPublica Illinois to Expand to Midwest Regional Newsroom. “The nonprofit news organization will establish two new units covering the South and Southwest. ProPublica Illinois, which since 2017 has published investigative journalism on key issues in Illinois, will be transformed into a unit covering a broader swath of the Midwest.”

New York Times: As Trump Flouts Safety Protocols, News Outlets Balk at Close Coverage

New York Times: As Trump Flouts Safety Protocols, News Outlets Balk at Close Coverage. “Major news organizations have become increasingly wary of sending journalists to travel with President Trump to White House events and campaign rallies, as the president and his aides continue to shun safety protocols after an outbreak of the coronavirus within their ranks.”

Australia’s media code will set a dangerous precedent: Google (Business Insider India)

Business Insider India: Australia’s media code will set a dangerous precedent: Google. “Google on Sunday slammed Australia’s draft News Media Bargaining Code again, saying it is unworkable and the company has raised concerns about its unfair payment conditions and unclear definitions and obligations.”

Reuters: Google poised to strike deal to pay French publishers for their news

Reuters: Google poised to strike deal to pay French publishers for their news. “Alphabet’s Google is set to reach a deal to pay French publishers for their news, the U.S. tech giant said on Wednesday, the latest move to placate media groups and head off regulators siding with publishers seeking a level playing field.”

Gulf Times: Hungarians launch crowd-funded news site

Gulf Times: Hungarians launch crowd-funded news site. “Political journalist Attila Rovo began work yesterday at Hungary’s latest experiment in independent journalism – a crowd-funded online news service called Telex. Operating from a small apartment near the Danube and financed solely by donations from more than 34,000 readers, Telex is an attempt to break free from what Rovo and other critics describe as growing government influence over Hungary’s media via owners supportive of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.”

Axios: White House coronavirus outbreak reaches the press corps

Axios: White House coronavirus outbreak reaches the press corps. “White House reporters are increasingly anxious and angry about the Trump administration’s handling of COVID-19 cases within its own building. … Several White House reporters have tested positive and many are trying to figure out whether they and their families need to quarantine.”

‘It’s recklessness out here’: White House reporters are furious with the White House for having ‘endangered’ their lives (CNN)

CNN: ‘It’s recklessness out here’: White House reporters are furious with the White House for having ‘endangered’ their lives. “Reporters covering the White House are furious with top administration officials who they believe have, in grossly mishandling the West Wing coronavirus outbreak, recklessly endangered their lives, according to interviews Monday with nine journalists who cover the White House. Several of these journalists said they do not feel safe at the White House and are actively avoiding the grounds unless absolutely necessary.”

Exclusive: Russian operation masqueraded as right-wing news site to target U.S. voters – sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Russian operation masqueraded as right-wing news site to target U.S. voters – sources. “The Russian group accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has posed as an independent news outlet to target right-wing social media users ahead of this year’s vote, two people familiar with an FBI probe into the activity told Reuters.