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6:10 AM ET, February 3, 2020


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Des Moines Register, CNN cancel release of final Iowa Poll results ahead of caucuses, after Pete Buttigieg's campaign complained he wasn't included in one call  —  The release of the highly anticipated survey was canceled after complaints from Pete Buttigieg's campaign that he was not included in at least one phone call.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A look at the Minneapolis Star Tribune's strategies for maintaining print revenue and growing paid digital subscribers as it aims for 150K digital subs by 2025  —  The paramount business goal for many newspapers in 2020, metros especially, is building out a paid digital subscription base.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
A look at Iowa Starting Line, a small local news site in Des Moines that has rivaled The Des Moines Register for scoops and influence ahead of the Iowa caucuses  —  Iowa Starting Line began as a man and his laptop.  It's now a rare success story in the ailing world of local news.
Taylor Mulcahey / International Journalists' Network:
Interview with Wendi C. Thomas, founder of MLK50, a Memphis outlet covering poverty and power, on the challenges of launching and funding a publication  —  As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. approached in 2018, journalist Wendi C. Thomas wanted to do something to mark the moment.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Report: UK National newsbrands took in £1B in ad revenue in 2018, down 2.7% YoY, with online ad spend comprising £318M; ad spend projected to fall 2.5% for 2019  —  Advertising spend with national newspapers will continue to fall year-on-year in 2020 despite quarterly growth, according to new estimates.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
In interview, Dean Baquet says NYT won't take sides in its reporting, favoring “sophisticated objectivity” over labeling lies: “let somebody else call it a lie”  —  While technically acknowledging that “on the one hand on the other hand” reporting is “not the best way” …
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
At Super Bowl's radio row, athletes get assigned a day of the week, based on their celebrity, to appear on many shows, where they can also plug products  —  Sunday's Chiefs-49ers game is Miami's main attraction, but don't miss the weeklong carnival of promoters and product placement.
BBC Media Centre:
BBC Sounds, an app that combines radio programs, podcasts, and music mixes, had a weekly audience of 2.9M during Q4 2019, up from 2.5M the prior quarter  —  On demand radio programmes on BBC Sounds  —  The Archers tops the list for on demand plays of our radio programmes amongst all audiences …
Discussion: @radioriley, Telegraph and RAIN News
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Super Bowl ad prices: Fox charged up to $5.6M for 30 seconds of TV ad time during the game and, sources say, sought $300K-$400K for streaming-only ads  —  Fox's streaming-only ads for the Super Bowl were priced between $300,000 and $400,000 for 30 seconds of ad time
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Roku says it has settled its carriage dispute with Fox to distribute Fox channels on the Roku platform ahead of the Super Bowl
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
Zero Hedge posted a scientist's personal info and claimed the scientist created the coronavirus as a weapon; its Twitter account has been permanently suspended  —  A popular pro-Trump website has released the personal information of a scientist from Wuhan, China, falsely accusing them of creating …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
MuckRock announces merger with Outlier Media, a text message-based housing news service in Detroit, to address freedom of information gaps across the US  —  Two nimble but powerful organizations are joining forces to continue reimagining journalism as a public service.
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