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Six diverse news disrupters band together to create the Alliance for Sustainable Local News

E&P interviews five of the six news publishing disruptors who’ve banded together to form the Alliance for Sustainable Local News, a diverse group that are collaborating to build a "genuine, sustainable local news publishing business model." Discover more about their methods and goals, from the Baltimore Banner’s Imtiaz Patel, The Colorado Sun’s Larry Ryckman, the Daily Memphian’s Eric Barnes, Long Beach Post’s David Sommers, and Lookout Local’s Ken Doctor.

Newmark J-school launches Asian Media Initiative

The Center for Community Media at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism is taking a major step forward in promoting diversity in the media industry with the launch of the Asian Media Initiative. The program, aimed at increasing the representation of Asian Americans in media and journalism, will provide opportunities for students, journalists and aspiring media professionals to gain the skills and resources necessary to succeed in the competitive field of journalism.
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Things I've learned about equity and diversity in local media, from a MAWG (aka, middle-aged white guy)

How can white people, which the publisher of this very publication will tell you dominate the traditional media industry channels and gatherings, do more than unwind generations of racism and exploitative coverage — instead, actively contribute to restoring justice and equity? John Heaston says he doesn’t have the answers, but hopes the points in today's column can help.

Block Club Chicago celebrates five years and counting

With start-up funding from a remarkably successful Kickstarter campaign, Block Club Chicago debuted in 2018 as an independent 501(c)(3), journalist-run newsroom. Today, Block Club Chicago has reporters covering a majority of the neighborhoods across the city, but there are still some “gaps” in community coverage that they hope to fill as the newsroom grows.
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Small-town citizens share support for the saving of their newspaper.

In this 178th episode of "E&P Reports," we explore a single week in the life of the 167-year-old Pulaski (TN) Citizen — a newspaper announced its closing, the citizen's reactions to the pending loss of their newspaper of record, and the last-minute saving of the publication as a new owner swooped in to purchase it. Appearing in this episode are recently-elected Pulaski Mayor J.J. Brindley, Citizen Publisher and Pulaski life-long resident Scott Stewart, and the new owner of the paper, Main Street Media's CEO and Founder Dave Gould.

Foreign affairs expert Richard Haass asks us to be a “better informed” citizenry in his latest book.

In this 177th episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with Dr. Richard Haass, the president of the Council of Foreign Relations and author of the current New York Times bestseller: “The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens,” where he looks at what we as Americans should do to maintain a healthy democracy. In this episode, Dr. Haass speaks about our first “obligation,” asking us to “be informed.” Within the discussion, Haass addresses the role news media can play in helping reverse what he describes as a “civics deficit” within our citizenry and what role we in the media might play to help better educate and inform, so our readers can become better Americans.

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For local newspapers and news outlets to sustain themselves, it’s critical to understand Gen Zers’ perspective on local news and how they engage with it. Many news outlets are already initiating new strategies to connect with this youngest generation of adults and the high-school-age Gen Zers who will be adults soon.
More than 400 advertising and media industry leaders and insiders gathered at the Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, March 5-7, at the Borrell Miami Local Advertising Conference 2023. The theme of “Navigating Local Media's Brave New World” played out in main-stage presentations and breakout sessions over the two-day conference, offering the latest advertising and revenue-generating strategies and opportunities.
Following the March 6th publication by Editor & Publisher (E&P) of “Winsted Citizen: Ralph Nader gets the press but leaves his ‘gifted’ newspaper in the lurch,” a reliable source told us that the Winsted Citizen is the second time Nader funded a newspaper in Winsted — and then pulled his financial backing.
The Center for Health Journalism opened in 2004 at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to support healthcare journalists in California. The Center’s mission has expanded over the years. It now serves journalists nationwide in every beat and encourages them to see the interconnections of health in communities, such as how systemic racism and poverty impact health and wellbeing.
Like our industry, overseeing a winning sports franchise requires a grand design of systems, trust and relationships — making it an easy place to draw inspiration. If you haven’t checked on the interpersonal dynamic between your sales team members and sales leadership, now is a good time to do so. These relationships propel your strategies to meet objectives.
This article is a follow-up to our original story which went out on Feb. 27. E&P has reached out to Ralph Nader for comment, but he was unavailable. This story will be updated with any comments when available.
Dave Stevens has no patience with a world and employers, especially those in the media and entertainment industries, that focus on people’s disabilities instead of their abilities. He should know; he was born without hips and legs. Despite that, he has led the life he wanted but wouldn’t have expected — playing high school, college and professional sports; a career of more than 20 years as an ESPN editor and recipient of seven Emmy awards; and now a professional in residence at the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University and leading its Ability Media program.
Frank Blethen, publisher of The Seattle Times, says: "Our democracy and its cornerstone — the trusted local independent newspaper — are in crisis. There is no question that the revival of local, independent newspaper stewardship is critical to shoring up the wobbly legs of our democracy." Here is his list of priorities for saving local, independent newspapers and democracy.
Manchester, Vermont, is like many other charming New England villages —  steeped in centuries of history and serving as a gateway to the Green Mountains. It’s also a hotbed of news publishing innovations at the Manchester Journal, covering the small local population and the hundreds of thousands of annual tourists and visitors.
The first step in building a connection with the next generation is entering their space. Young people are deeply concerned about the world and passionate about news in politics, social justice and human rights but rarely consume legacy media. Building a connection between TikTok followers and newspapers can lead young people to look to the newspaper as a trusted information source.
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Move comes after U.K. government bans app on government devices over fears of data being accessed by Chinese state.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre threatened to end the press conference.
No former president has ever been charged with a crime. But former President Donald Trump has a legal minefield ahead of him.
The Colorado proposal has yet to be introduced, and could change as the final kinks get worked out, said Democratic state Sen. Chris Hansen, the bill’s sponsor.
"Inside with Jen Psaki" mostly looked and sounded like a typical Sunday morning cable news show. But there was a bit of a twist.
“I’M BACK!” Trump posted on the site weeks after his personal account was reactivated.
Donald Trump has regained access to his YouTube channel, the video site announced on Twitter.
Maryna Zolatava was convicted of “inciting social hatred” and “disseminating content calling for actions undermining national security” while Liudmila Chekina was convicted of “tax evasion,” “organizing incitement of social hatred” and “disseminating content calling for actions undermining national security.”
Gator poaching. True teacher tales. A novel about a journalist. There’s a little bit of everything on this list.
You can buy blue check marks for Facebook and Instagram for $12 per month.
Fox pundits called mainstream journalists "leftwing media hacks" and "cringing animals." Now they’re eager for solidarity.
In 2022, consumers reported losing more than $1.2 billion to fraud that started on social media, more than any other contact method, according to FTC data.
If you’re a reporter reaching out to Twitter’s press department, you’ll now be greeted with an automated response in the form of nothing but a poop emoji.
Months before the U.S. government demanded ByteDance divest from TikTok, the Department Of Justice’s Criminal Division subpoenaed the app’s Chinese parent company, according to a source.
Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are joining forces to bring Supreme Court arguments into the 21st century.
The chair of the nonprofit Salt Lake Tribune’s board of directors has founded a new website and weekly newspaper in Southern California.
Community Impact, which launched in 2005 as a single monthly paper covering the far-northern Austin suburbs of Round Rock and Pflugerville, now produces some 36 print editions around the state.
Dave Williams, the newly elected chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, went scorched earth on the Denver Post this week after the paper ran a scathing editorial on his election to lead the state’s GOP.
Exclusive data reveals how private messages from Carlson, Murdoch impacted audience opinions about election fraud.
Mark Walker, an investigative reporter who covers transportation for The New York Times and is president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, shares tips for requesting open records and responding when facing roadblocks to access.  
Industry Partner News
In February, The Press Enterprise, based in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, reached an agreement with SCS to install the Community Advertising System to standardize and modernize its advertising and production workflows.
HB7049: Legal Notices was passed and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida’s 2022 legislative session. The law went into effect on Jan. 1 and makes Florida one of the few U.S. states to allow the publication of public notices on designated government websites in addition to print newspapers.
How to efficiently manage the workflow of 200+ publications, including 30 dailies and hundreds of commercial products across 15 production facilities. This was the question the Adams Publishing Company management team was asking when looking for a streamlined, cost-reducing workflow solution that would also improve quality and reduce onsite hardware.
Today, McClatchy, one of the largest media companies in the United States, with over 80 million unique visitors, announced its partnership with and its media technology brands to power a suite of comprehensive obituary management services for all McClatchy publications.
TownNews, the Software as a Service division of Lee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEE), has launched its new name and brand identity, BLOX Digital.
The challenges are many when launching a new local, nonprofit news outlet, especially in the current newspaper industry climate. Deciding to be a digital-only news source with a hard registration wall meant the Springfield (Missouri) Daily Citizen had to rely heavily on various technologies to manage email registration and subscriptions. BlueLena's intimate knowledge of subscription best practices allowed the paper to rapidly evolve its products toward launch.
Each year Editor & Publisher Magazine (E&P) and the Local Media Consortium (LMC) recognize companies that have done the impossible through successful innovation, implementing cost savings or developing new programs that have generated considerable increases in revenue or audience.
We need your help in recognizing the next generation of news publishing leaders,. We’re talking about people who are young, bright, and capable of tackling whatever the changing news media climate throws at them. Please help us by nominating a news publishing up-and-comer (or yourself) for our “25 Under 35” feature story that will appear in our February 2023 issue.
It's going to be a rough year for local advertising in 2023. Borrell is forecasting that growth will be at a near-standstill, held back by a combination of economic pressures and a dramatic reshaping of the type of businesses now operating in each market. Borrell will unveil its forecasts and describe the change in business composition during a 45-minute webinar at 11 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 17. The webinar is free.
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Matt Jones has retired from the Paxton Media Group after 25 years of service, serving as The Paducah (Kentucky) Sun’s operational manager from December 2014 to January 2019 and as its general manager since January 2019.
Doug Ames, who has worked at The Daily World for 15 years — most recently as circulation director — has been named interim general sales manager.
The New York Times has announced the members of the fifth New York Times Fellowship class. The incoming fellows will arrive in the newsroom in June.
Before Sylvia Poggioli leaves NPR at the end of the month, she will be joining Scott Simon on Weekend Edition on March 25 for a farewell interview.
Julia Turner has been promoted to the newly created role of senior vice president for content business strategy at the Los Angeles Times, reporting to Executive Editor Kevin Merida.
Virginia Parker was recently promoted to the role of editor/publisher at The Saratoga Sun in Wyoming and will be running the community newspaper, which is in its 135th year of covering the Platte Valley.
Two new staff members have joined the Missouri School of Journalism, where they are filling important roles supporting students both in the classroom and in the newsroom.
Peter Bobkowski will join the School of Media and Journalism this fall as Kent State University’s second Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, dedicated to leading national efforts to revitalize journalism in the nation's high schools.
Marianne LeVine joins The Washington Post after more than eight years at POLITICO, where she was known for unearthing revelatory stories on Capitol Hill.
Keri Blakinger and Brennon Dixson have joined the Los Angeles Times’ California reporting staff. Blakinger covers the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Brennon Dixson covers Black communities in Southern California.
Jesús Rodríguez joins The Washington Post from POLITICO Magazine, where he wrote features about politics and law as a staff writer.
Deborah Anderluh has joined the Los Angeles Times as its new state editor, helping to shape coverage on a range of issues central to California and its influence nationally.
Industry Obits
The Hickory (North Carolina) Daily Record lost a member of its work family this week.
The family plans to hold a private celebration of life for Mr. Kelleher later this year.
Veteran journalist, historian, and civic leader, William Light “Bill” Kinney Jr., 89, of Bennettsville, South Carolina, died peacefully at his family antebellum home, Magnolia, under the loving care of his daughter, Elisabeth Kinney McNiel, Sunday night, Feb. 19.
James B. “Jim” Boone Jr., founder and chairman of the board of Boone Newsmedia, Inc. (BNI), died Monday, Feb. 13, at UAB Hospital-Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, after a brief illness. He was 87.
The love of a good story and the ability to tell one in a convincing and attention-grabbing way was central to Jeff Nesmith’s life, both personally and professionally.
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