May 1, 2017

Facebook promotes NY Times veteran to head news products

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Facebook said Monday it has found its head of news products from within its own ranks. The company is promoting 10-year New York Times veteran Alex Hardiman, who joined Facebook last summer.

Hardiman, who had been running the Pages team in New York, will start her new role in June. She will be working with Campbell Brown, who was hired in January to lead partnerships with news organizations as part of a new Facebook Journalism Project.

In a post on Facebook. Hardiman said she is eager to get back into the news business. Hardiman will remain in NY and report to Fidji Simo, Facebook's VP of product who oversees the company's news and video products.

I grew up in News, spending 10 years at The New York Times transforming the company into a mobile-first organization with products like The Times's iPhone news app. I partnered with editors to invent new forms of journalism and with the business side to launch new digital news revenue models.

Why it matters: In an era where it is under criticism for spreading "fake news," Facebook aims to show it can be an ally of real news organizations.

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Trump announces 30-day extension of coronavirus guidelines

President Trump announced on Sunday that his administration will extend its "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidelines until April 30 in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, which has now infected more than 130,000 Americans and killed nearly 2,500.

Why it matters: Top advisers to the president have been seeking to steer him away from Easter as an arbitrary deadline for the U.S. to open parts of its economy, amid warnings from health officials that loosening restrictions could cause the number of coronavirus cases to skyrocket.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 716,101 — Total deaths: 33,854 — Total recoveries: 148,900.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 136,880 — Total deaths: 2,409 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: The first federal prisoner to die from coronavirus was reported from a correctional facility in Louisiana on Sunday.
  4. Public health updates: Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from virus.
  5. State updates: Louisiana governor says state is on track to exceed ventilator capacity by end of this week — Cuomo says Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "panicked" some people into fleeing New York
  6. World updates: Italy on Sunday reports 756 new deaths, bringing its total 10,779. Spain reports almost 840 dead, another new daily record that bring its total to over 6,500.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Trump touts press briefing "ratings" as U.S. coronavirus case surge

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President Trump sent about a half-dozen tweets on Sunday touting the high television ratings that his coronavirus press briefings have received, selectively citing a New York Times article that compared them to "The Bachelor" and "Monday Night Football."

Why it matters: The president has been holding daily press briefings in the weeks since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, but news outlets have struggled with how to cover them live — as Trump has repeatedly been found to spread misinformation and contradict public health officials.