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1:45 PM ET, February 3, 2020


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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
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Some UK media outlets declined to use Boris Johnson's Brexit Day speech footage after it was filmed and distributed by the government in a break from tradition  —  Some of the UK's major broadcasters and news agencies snubbed Boris Johnson's Brexit Day speech on Friday in protest at a break …
Discussion: YouTube
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: @jbflint
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, Adweek and @jbenton
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
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