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The White House is shifting its coronavirus communications coordination from Vice President Mike Pence’s office to the regular White House communications and press shops, according to two administration officials familiar with the matter. The … more
Axios, which qualified for a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan to avoid layoffs, will return the money, after nearing a deal for an alternative source of capital. Why it matters: In the four weeks since Axios applied for the loan, based on … more
When they began to see the devastating impact coronavirus-related shutdowns were having on their advertising revenue, local newspapers across the country—like local businesses across the country—turned to the federal government and its stimulus … more
A Fijian military leader has said the government was justified in “stifling criticism” of its policies by the press during the Covid-19 outbreak, prompting warnings that Pacific leaders should not use the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to quell … more
Community and regional newspapers have suffered another blow with local councils no longer legally required to advertise government business. NSW minister for local government Shelley Hancock last week announced she would permanently remove the … more
Who knows what’s going to happen with the daily White House coronavirus press conferences? President Donald Trump held one of his shortest briefings on Friday—just 21 minutes with no questions. There were no briefings Saturday or Sunday. We … more
United States Senators have a new idea to boost struggling local news outlets in their home states: Ads from the federal government. Nearly three-quarters of the US Senate have signed a letter to the Trump administration encouraging various agencies … more
America’s Newspapers is joining the News Media Alliance (the Alliance), the National Newspaper Association (NNA) and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in asking Congress to take action on two measures that would help ensure newspapers, radio and television stations can continue to provide critical news and information during the COVID-19 pandemic. more
In a letter this week to President Trump, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, America’s Newspapers CEO Dean Ridings and News Media Alliance President and CEO David Chavern are starting a dialogue with top elected officials about the role the federal government can play in ensuring the survival of the vital services provided by local news publishers. more
In this legal update, William Eck of Seyfarth Shaw outlines the parameters of the eligibility for a low interest loan for small businesses, small agricultural and most nonprofits under the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. more
Mike Blinder, E&P publisher, speaks with David Chavern, Alliance CEO, on what they are doing to help publishers and what resources are available to make sure every local government gives them "essential" to publish. more
"As a practical matter, the watchdog role most often falls to newspapers or other media outlets that cover government," a Sunshine Week column in The Sentinel-Record, Hot Springs, Ark., notes. "That's particularly true in the current environment where every responsible news outlet is trying to keep people informed about COVID-19. They're using every means possible, including FOI laws, to track what different governments are doing and to get that story to the public. "Those reporters will be the ones following up later, too, to hold government officials accountable for how they dealt with this evolving crisis." more
Newspapers, television, radio and other media services were listed among the essential services that are exempt from a Shelter in Place order set out by the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, in recognition of the critical importance of reporting by a free and independent press during crises like this. more
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