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“Politics is in my blood,” Reid Wilson told E&P. After an accomplished career as a journalist, working for titles like The Washington Post, The Hill and National Journal’s The Hotline, Wilson founded Pluribus News in October. Building on his experiences covering state politics and policy, Wilson’s ambition is to expertly cover all 50 statehouses with a website, e-newsletters and branded events.

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This year’s EPPY Awards received more than 400 entries. Winners were selected from an international list of nominations to honor the best in digital media across more than 40 diverse categories.
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After a nearly three-year COVID-related hiatus, newspaper industry executives gathered at the Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island, for an International Newspaper Group conference, Sept. 17-19. The conference provided a snapshot of the innovations, challenges and general state of newspaper operations in North America. Here are five takeaways from the event.
Reporting on prisons in the United States can be challenging and often frustrating for even the most respected publications and seasoned journalists. It can't be approached like any other beat. The good news is that organizations are penetrating the confusing, dense veil of prison policies and prison life. And, they’re supporting prisoners who dare to write as incarcerated journalists and sharing tips with editors and journalists on the outside who want to report on prisons.
The term “objectivity” is itself subjective. If you were to poll the public about their desire and demand for “objective” journalism, many might opine that reporters should stick to the “who, what, when, where and why” model — sans the “why” part. But the “why” is, after all, the essential context of the story, and without it, the public is less informed and not as inclined to read the bare-bones carcass of the story that remains. Of course, contemporary conversations about objectivity and fairness in reporting are much more nuanced and complex.
In the early days of the internet, a few early adopters were starting careers in the news industry and seeing opportunities in digital that their bosses did not fully understand. Today, digital pioneers have become the bosses. Those ahead of the digital movement — like Conan Gallaty, Lisa DeSisto, Grant Moise and Robert Granfeldt — saw their careers take shape in ways they never expected.
Louie Mullen owns over 30 weekly newspapers in small towns across seven states. “Every newspaper is run as an individual. It is a representation of that community. It’s more of an old-school style of running newspapers,” said Mullen, who is buying community newspapers across the country. And, his ownership style is hands-off.
Gaps in news coverage are spreading across the country. But even with this challenge, newsrooms are finding resources and innovative ways to save or even revive their storytelling capabilities. One example is partnerships between universities and media companies. This trend is especially prevalent in local newspapers, which are facing increasing newsroom layoffs as they struggle to survive.
Ryan Sorrell and his team at The Kansas City Defender rely on two methods to reach young people. First, they know that each social media platform has a different ethos, so they personalize content for each brand. Second, they have a broad content mix, blending hard news and culture stories with headlines such as “10 Best Black-Owned Restaurants.”
A report published by the Center for Media Engagement in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin shows how journalists can connect with stigmatized communities by using person-centered language. Caroline Murray, a senior research associate at the school and one of the authors, says this research is important because it demonstrates how journalists can better connect with the communities they cover.
Over the decades since, there have been dozens of cases of news people who turned to a life of politics. Richard Warner Carlson — known as Dick and father to one Tucker Carlson — famously quit TV news to pursue his political aspirations. Malcolm Stevenson (Steve) Forbes Jr. straddled the world of news and politics, including two bids for the Republican presidential nomination. Sarah Palin remarkably went from TV sports reporter to Alaska’s governor to vice presidential candidate. This year, she campaigned for Alaska’s House seat but lost to her Democrat opponent in the special election. The list goes on and on.
Jennifer Bertetto inherited a deadline the day she became the leader of Trib Total Media. She had two years to save the company. Bertetto was named Editor & Publisher’s 2022 Publisher of the Year at the #NewsMedia Business Summit in Harrisburg on Oct. 13, in part, for rescuing the southwestern Pennsylvania newspaper company from its swift plunge toward bankruptcy. In the process, she retained her commitment to her employees, community and journalism.
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Bipartisan coalitions in the House and Senate pushed through a bill that would impose an agreement between rail companies and their workers.
Among those affected were reporters at flagship paper USA Today and producers working on Gannett’s digital optimization teams.
Problematic content and formerly barred accounts have increased sharply in the short time since Elon Musk took over, researchers said.
Lizzie O’Leary: "Wordle’s very randomness is what makes it so great! It’s why thousands of people play."
ParentCo LLC announced today that it has acquired the Bay Area Parent media properties from Dominion Enterprises of Norfolk, Virginia.  Bay Area Parent magazine includes both electronic and print editions, an extensive network of electronic newsletters and the BayAreaParent.com website. 
Ethnic minority voices are lacking on leading news website homepages.
CNN on Wednesday informed employees that layoffs had commenced, a move that is expected to impact hundreds of staffers at the global news network and mark the deepest cuts to the organization in years.
NPR will need to cut at least $10 million from the current fiscal year ending next Sept. 30, the network's chief executive, John Lansing, announced Wednesday, due to a sharp drop in revenue from sponsors.
Executive editor Sally Buzbee said the magazine would end "in its current form" after printing its final issue on Dec. 25.
States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, has launched the Kentucky Lantern to provide free, high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues affecting the Bluegrass State. With the launch of the Kentucky Lantern, States Newsroom now has 31 outlets and provides state news coverage to over 60% of the country.
The U.S. House moved urgently to head off the looming nationwide rail strike on Wednesday, passing a bill that would bind companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached in September but rejected by some of the 12 unions involved.
Love him or hate him, Joe Rogan maintained his hold as the No. 1 podcaster on Spotify for 2022.
A first-time director and a former journalist talk about how systemic racism has led to unfairness in pay and coverage.
A group of journalists with the El Salvador-based news organization El Faro are suing NSO Group for allegedly installing Pegasus spyware on their iPhones.
A top European Union official warned Elon Musk on Wednesday that Twitter needs to beef up measures to protect users from hate speech, misinformation and other harmful content to avoid violating new rules that threaten tech giants with big fines or even a ban in the 27-nation bloc.
The Tuesday edition of the Carroll Times Herald was the final newspaper published by the Wilson and Burns families, the three-generation local owners of the publication for 93 years.
Analysis of media organizations and news stories shows underrepresentation across editorial leadership and coverage.
Registration for the Mega-Conference has begun!
After seeing continued growth in the number of paying members to its two subscription products, CNBC will begin testing a price increase for at least one of those subscriptions next year.
A judge in New York has ruled that a defamation case brought against NBCUniversal by former Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) can proceed.
Industry Partner News
The Economist and PressReader have announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to further broaden the publication’s digital distribution and increase group subscriptions. The continued and deepened partnership helps PressReader carry out its mission to empower and enrich curious minds by bringing a universe of quality content within reach.
Doorfront Direct, the nation’s largest independent magazine and catalog delivery network, celebrates its five-year anniversary on Dec. 5.
In October 2022, Seawave Corporation, publisher of the Cape May County Herald in Rio Grande, New Jersey, signed a contract with SCS to implement the Community Advertising System to standardize and modernize its advertising and production workflows.
We're proud to announce that Column is now a certified B Corporation. Our certification establishes us amongst a small subset of public benefit corporations officially certified by the B Lab, a global nonprofit network committed to making all businesses a force for good. In our most recent blog, Melissa Theiss, head of people at Column, explains our certification, what a B Corp Score means and how we're committed to making an impact.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the trading platform for journalism — Journexx — is launching its final test phase before opening its doors to the entire publishing industry.
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.
Mediahuis, an international media group with a range of powerful brands and activities in many European countries and Ireland's leading print and digital media publisher, reaches millions …
Times-Journal Inc, is a 150+ year old family-owned media company now in the hands of 3rd generation news publishers who are committed to serving local communities with award winning journalism and results driven advertising programs.  In short, there are no hedge-funds or corporate “bean counting downsizers” here to contend with. We are committed to a long-term future in this industry!  Located in the heart of Georgia’s most desirable markets, our communities are the ideal place to live, work and play. 
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Guardian Media Group has appointed Ete Davies as a non-executive director to the GMG board.
The New York Times has welcomed two new correspondents to the Asia crew: David Pierson and Alex Travelli. And Chris Buckley is headed to Taiwan later this year.
Michael Strober will lead the transformation of sales strategy, leveraging Nexstar’s linear, digital, mobile and streaming platforms to deliver new revenue growth.
Michaela Román is The New York Times' newest social media editor, joining from the San Francisco Chronicle.
In her new role, Chelsey Dequaine-Jerabek will oversee all editorial aspects of VMG's publication websites and collaborate with team leaders to devise and implement social media and SEO traffic initiatives for audience growth and content partnerships.
Szu Yu Chen previously worked as a data journalist and graphics reporter at the Los Angeles Times, where she worked extensively on the midterms.
This is a newly created position that is part of The Washington Post’s expanded commitment to health and science reporting.
NPR has announced that after a comprehensive internal and external search, Eric Marrapodi will be the vice president for News Programming, effective immediately.
Maane Khatchatourian has joined the Los Angeles Times from Variety, where she has been one of the key architects of that site’s dramatic audience growth.
Lenny Bernstein is taking on a new role with The Washington Post on the Health and Science team exploring how the chase for profit in medicine undermines patient care.
The Baltimore Banner today announced that it has tapped Sharon Nevins as chief revenue officer to lead a dynamic sales team for the startup local news publication. In her new role, Nevins will utilize her extensive relationships and deep sales and marketing experience to build out marketing solutions for their clients.
Industry Obits
Bruce Christensen, who led PBS from the mid-1980s to the early ’90s amid attacks on public TV for airing controversial documentaries, died Friday, Nov. 18, at his home in Orem, Utah. He was 79.
A memorial service for Stephen F. Bentley, former co-publisher of The Lawton (Oklahoma) Constitution, will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
He composed many of George W. Bush’s signature addresses, and later, as a writer for The Washington Post, took a stand against Donald J. Trump.
Fred Hickman, a pioneering sports broadcaster and anchor who helped to launch two major cable networks and influenced and informed a generation of sports journalists and fans, has died.
Gary Martin, the Washington bureau chief for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has died.
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