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3:35 PM ET, January 28, 2020


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNN:
NPR's Michele Kelemen has been removed from Mike Pompeo's press pool for a trip to UK and Ukraine, a few days after Pompeo responded angrily to an NPR interview  —  New York (CNN Business)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to be escalating his criticism of NPR — this time not just with words but with actions.
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Trump praises Pompeo for his behavior with NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly: “That was very impressive....I think you did a good job on her, actually.”  —  At a White House ceremony with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump noted the presence of Pompeo and said, “That was very impressive.
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
Facebook says its Off-Facebook Activity tool, which lets users clear all the data passed onto Facebook by other apps and sites, is now available globally  —  The new ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool reminds us we're living in a reality TV program where the cameras are always on.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
News startup Scroll debuts today with ad-free access to ~300 partners, including BuzzFeed News, BI, and Vox, for $2.49/mo. for first six months then $4.99/mo.  —  After a long period of invite-only beta testing, Scroll is officially launching today, offering ad-free access to sites like BuzzFeed News …
The Citizen Lab:
A link to a site with NSO Group's Pegasus spyware was sent to NYT journalist Ben Hubbard by an operator tied to Saudi Arabia who also targeted Saudi dissidents  —  Key Findings  — New York Times journalist Ben Hubbard was targeted with NSO Group's Pegasus spyware via …
Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Former Fox News executive producer Jennifer Williams named head of editorial video strategy for Facebook News  —  Scoop: Facebook has tapped former Fox News executive producer Jennifer Williams to head video strategy for Facebook News, the dedicated news tab that will launch wide later this year, a source familiar with the move tells me.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
AP held “townhall” meetings on racial sensitivity in its journalism after it was slammed for mistakenly cropping out an African climate activist on Friday  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A “terrible mistake” in cropping an African climate activist out of a photo sent to customers …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard will now feature local news coverage in 23 cities in US and Canada and start recommending stories based on IP address  —  Flipboard, the personalized news aggregation app used by 145 million users per month, is today launching a new feature aimed at bringing local news coverage …
Craig Newmark Philanthropies donates $1M to ProPublica for its Electionland collaboration and related reporting on voting issues around the 2020 US elections  —  Gift from organization of craigslist founder to support national and local reporting on voting issues around 2020 U.S. elections
Discussion: @jessicashortall
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Podcast analytics group Podsights raises $1.5M; it helps advertisers track the impact of their buys on podcasts, and its clients include NYT, NPR, and Wondery  —  Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts.  This is issue 243, dated January 28, 2020.  —  Recap.  The busyness of January continues.
Discussion: Podsights, RAIN News, Hot Pod News and BBC
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Felicia Sonmez shares her account of suspension from WaPo, says Managing Editor Tracy Grant had concerns that the tweets didn't pertain to her coverage area  —  The Post has suspended reporter Felicia Sonmez following her social-media activity over the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant.
Washington Post Guild:
Washington Post Guild issues scathing critique of the paper's suspension of Felicia Sonmez, says WaPo should let her return and provide a security detail
Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
WaPo suspends Felicia Sonmez after she tweeted a story about a rape allegation against Kobe Bryant, responded to criticism, and detailed abuse sent to her email
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Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Vox Media Podcast Network generates $10M+ a year in revenue from its 200+ shows; Vox Media president says the goal is to double podcast revenue in 2020
Knight Foundation:
CUNY Center for Community Media announces national expansion to support outlets providing coverage of underrepresented people and issues with $1.45M in funding
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The Times and Sunday Times to launch digital ad-free talk radio station in partnership with radio group Wireless, which is also owned by News UK
 Earlier Picks: 
New York Times:
India restores internet access in Kashmir to 301 “whitelisted” sites, including Netflix and NYT, after nearly six months, but all social media remain blocked
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
SuperAwesome, which offers tools for kid-safe advertising that comply with COPPA and GDPR, raises $17M from Microsoft's M12, says it had $55M in revenue in 2019
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
As China tries to contain the coronavirus, the sheer volume of criticism of the government overwhelms censors and tests China's ability to control the narrative