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12:50 PM ET, February 3, 2020


 Top News: 
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Ahead of today's caucuses in Iowa, there is ample indication that media is repeating all the framing errors that shaped coverage in 2016  —  As campaigning in Iowa enters the home stretch, the Democratic candidates for president are finally at the starting gate, and mixed horserace metaphors are everywhere.
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.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Campaign coverage ahead of Iowa caucuses was dominated by the impeachment as ABC, CBS, and NBC nightly news devoted 10 minutes of airtime vs 86 minutes in 2016  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.
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.
Pippa Crerar /
Journalists from every major UK broadcaster and newspaper walkout after attempts to remove those from left-of-center publications from a Downing Street briefing  —  Members of every major national news outlet left a Downing Street briefing in protest in an escalation of tensions between Boris Johnson's team and the media
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: last year WaPo editor Marty Baron threatened to fire reporter Wesley Lowery after he posted a series of tweets about racism in the Tea Party  —  The newspaper's Kobe Bryant tweet mess last week wasn't the first time WaPo bosses got into heated clashes with reporters over social-media policy.
Emily Peck / HuffPost:
Sources: handling of Felicia Sonmez's tweets is the latest example of unequal treatment of men and women at WaPo, also reflected in its coverage and pay gap  —  There's an “understated respectability” that is “secretly pernicious,” said one woman.  —  Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez received death …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Profile of The Dispatch, the newly launched conservative media outlet targeting the “center-right” with fact-based original reporting instead of cheap hot takes  —  Jonah Goldberg, the conservative author and longtime fixture at National Review, used to have a go-to metaphor …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Publishers like the Guardian, The Times, and Le Monde are publishing fewer stories, leading to higher audience traffic, higher dwell times, and more subscribers  —  Increasingly, publishers are seeing that less is more when it comes to producing content.  —  Publishers including the Guardian …
Sources: Disney's Hulu grew twice as fast as Netflix in the US last year, easily surpassing 30M total subscribers  —  - Company will update investors on online effort this week  —  As the workday wound to a close Friday evening, employees from Hulu flocked to local watering holes across Santa Monica …
Discussion: @lucas_shaw and @gerryfsmith
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:   Sources: Hulu's Randy Freer and Twentieth Century's Emma Watts chose to depart rather than accept lesser roles as Disney's strategy for Fox assets became clear
Tribune Publishing says its CEO Timothy Knight is leaving and will be succeeded by EVP and CFO Terry Jimenez, who will also become its President  —  (RTTNews) - Tribune Publishing Co. (TPCO) said that its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Terry Jimenez has assumed the role …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Adweek
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed News is recruiting three “Teen Ambassadors”, aged 16 to 19, to create TikTok and Instagram videos as part of the site's 2020 election coverage  —  BuzzFeed News is looking for a few good teens.  The news division of the popular entertainment site is recruiting a brand …
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS will launch its free, ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV in Latin America at the end of March and Brazil at the end of 2020
Discussion: The Streamable and Reuters
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
YouTube shows how it's cracking down on election disinformation: removing doctored and misleading videos, as well as those questioning a candidate's eligibility
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
Gaana, the most popular music-streaming service in India, has 152M monthly users, over half of Spotify's global user base, double Apple Music's global count
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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