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Camille Padilla Dalmau is on a mission to empower Puerto Ricans to tell their stories. She founded 9 Millones, a publishing and crowdfunding platform for solutions journalism addressing social issues impacting the archipelago and connecting the 9 million Puerto Ricans worldwide.
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News media publishers should leverage layered advertising strategies to boost their bottom line — and their advertisers’. Numerous strategies and techniques exist that may fit advertisers’ needs. Here are a few ideas....

Citizen Journalism: With newsroom resources stretched thin, local news publishers consider whether and how to embrace community reporting

Our June cover story asks: "Who is a “journalist?” It’s a simple question, newly steeped in controversy. As local newsrooms find they don’t have enough resources for comprehensive coverage, some communities are turning to citizen journalists to bridge the information gap. It would seem good for the country to have more watchdogs and more people contributing to the local news landscape — yet, not everyone agrees.
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NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss on TNG-CWA’s “most active year” of strikes and walkouts

In this episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with The NewsGuild - Communications Workers of America's President Jon Schleuss on why the past 12 months have had more strikes and walkouts than in the history of the Guild. He also offers insights on how hedge fund owners' entry and subsequent downsizing of so many news media properties today are hurting the workers they employ, the communities they serve and our democracy as a whole.

One-on-one with the outspoken Evan Brandt, the last reporter left at The Mercury

In this episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with the outspoken reporter for Media News Group's Pottstown (PA) Mercury, Evan Brandt, where we explore what it is like to be the last local journalist remaining at this "ghost paper" that serves a suburban Philadelphia community of over 40,000. Brandt offers insight into his 25+ years at The Mercury, the several ownership bankruptcies that created years of serial downsizing, and how today he works out of his own attic to cover beats once reported on by a team of 30+ reporters.

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The world of philanthropy was burgeoning in 1988. But there was no unified source of information for the diverse group of charities and nonprofits until The Chronicle of Philanthropy began publishing. The monthly magazine reports on issues impacting the world that other journalists cover, such as climate change and democracy, but approaches them through a nonprofit lens.
Employees who are happy with their current employers aren’t likely to be tempted into another position. So, how do you ensure you don't lose your people to a new, more appealing offer? Simple. You become the other job. Instead of the boring person at home, you become the mistress.
In this episode of "E&P Reports," we explore the Tri-City Record, a new, five-day-a-week free publication serving San Juan County, New Mexico, being launched by Ballentine Communications, the owners of the Durango (CO) Herald. We learn from board chairman/ owner Richard G. Ballentine and new Record Publisher David Cook why they believe there is a real opportunity for expansion into this area already served by an existing Gannett title since that paper has drastically cut back on staff and content over the past few years.
Collaboration among news media outlets is not new, but The Exchange is a new collaborative effort that aims to create business and financial content for underserved communities. It’s a collaboration of local, diverse news media with decades of service to their communities, the Local Media Association (LMA), the Local Media Consortium (LMC) and Deloitte.
The new owners of The Weekly Recorder — three lifelong residents who are active in their communities — acknowledge the challenge of entering the newspaper business when other newspapers, both locally and nationwide, are struggling. But, they believe there's an opportunity and much to highlight within Washington County.
The “gender beat” concept developed less than a decade ago, but it has already evolved significantly since then. While many of the journalists interviewed by Meg Heckman, a journalist, author and educator with Northeastern University, thought the concept of a gender beat should not be necessary, she believes it is a necessary stepping stone in the short term.
Across the country, more and more "ghost papers" are appearing, where you may find no publisher or editor; and a newsroom with just one reporter left. In some cases, entire “beats” have disappeared — where cities and large regions have no one covering the news. What happens to these journalists and to the communities they serve? In some cases a news desert remains. In others, we find competing media companies stepping in to fill the void.
In the digital age, an increasing number of publications choose to eliminate their print issues and move entirely online. However, those publications with a loyal print subscriber base are left to choose between a myriad of local carriers or the United States Postal Service (USPS). There is no correct answer. Publications must do the research and evaluate the market.
Journalists from all over the world traveled to Ohio in early spring for the Kiplinger Fellowship. There were 19 fellows this year, representing 12 nations. They had the added distinction of being the program’s 50th-anniversary class. Kevin Z. Smith, the Kiplinger Program’s executive director, spoke with E&P about the evolution of the fellowship program.
When Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Sack decided to retire last year after four decades at The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Opinion Editor Scott Gillespie decided to buck industry trends and announced he had an opinion position to fill: editorial cartoonist. The Star Tribune may be an outlier in an industry that no longer appears to value the work of editorial cartoonists.
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In a Twitter post, the NYTimesGuild reports: "After nearly 800 days without a contract, ~1,000 @NYTimesGuild members voted more than 99 percent in favor to ratify a new 5-year deal that includes an immediate $65,000 salary floor, raises for every member, hybrid work options, a ban on NDAs and new investments in local news."
The measure follows new laws in Utah and Arkansas, as politicians look to tighten online age restrictions.
The Tribune set 200 graduating seniors as an “original modest benchmark” for sign-ups and has already surpassed 250.
Google on Thursday said it will finally debut its News Showcase product in the U.S. this summer, years after initially launching it in other countries.
Simply asking “What does that mean to you?” can often clear up any misunderstanding before it becomes a problem.
Through a partnership between the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) and the Google News Initiative (GNI), up to 372 members of the INN Network are eligible to participate in a customized version of GNI’s Fundamentals Lab focused on audience development and revenue growth and receive up to $20,000 each in implementation grants. 
According to court records, plaintiff Jazmine Harris agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. Both parties will pay their own legal fees.
The policy and its sudden reversal will be among Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci’s last acts.
Ximena Natera was eventually selected as a CatchLight Local Fellow, a position supported by California-based nonprofit CatchLight, which pairs visual journalists with community-based news organizations in underrepresented markets. Natera’s two-year position at Berkeleyside is in partnership with Report for America, a national service program that places emerging journalists into local newsrooms across the U.S. to report on undercovered subjects.
This year, 61 students and staff from 37 universities across the United States and Canada are being recognized as national winners.
Researchers or journalists who responsibly collect and analyze publicly available data from social media sites would receive legal protections if they adhere to privacy, security and public interest work requirements.
When news breaks, The Messenger polls a group of about 80 experienced observers (“from the worlds of politics, policy, law, history, academia and media”) it has assembled — quite consciously from across the political spectrum — and asks them to quickly rank the news on a scale of 1 to 10.
The Los Angeles Times is cutting its newsroom staff, becoming the latest news organization to contract amid economic pressures brought on by advertising and print readership declines.
"We embrace where we live, and we will report in communities that rarely see the media unless there is some sensational crime or natural disaster. This is an incredibly diverse and interesting place, and our independence will help us spend time in communities just listening, building understanding and then reporting back to the community at large." -- Peter Bhatia, CEO, Houston Landing
At a recent API local news opinion summit in Austin, more than 50 opinion editors came together for a frank and searching conversation about their roles in their communities and the sustainability of their institutions. Some participants agreed to be quoted for this article in follow-up interviews. Insights are drawn from those conversations as well as with others in or adjacent to the publishing industry.
Fox News Wednesday notified Tucker Carlson's lawyers that the former prime-time anchor violated his contract with the network when he launched his own Twitter show on Tuesday, according to a copy of a letter obtained by Axios.
The Daily and Sunday Telegraph are to be put up for sale in a deal that promises to reshape the media landscape after the Barclay family lost control of their crown jewel media assets in a bitter row over nearly £1bn of unpaid debts.
Meta says that it is now prepared to block news in Canada in response to a bill in that country that is based on Australia’s bargaining code.
Just two years after buying the digital media firm for nearly $300 million, BuzzFeed is already considering selling it off, according to a report from The Information.
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The Jewish World of Albany, New York, has formed an alliance for improved sales and marketing projects, with Capital Region Independent Media (CRIM), which operates media companies, including nine newspapers in the region.
STN's user-focused video player functionality not only boosts engagement but also delivers enhanced KPIs and more revenue for publishers.
In a global effort to streamline their printing production workflow and lessen their dependencies and related costs tied to managing and supporting on-premises data centers (hardware and software), Gannett has already implemented ProImages NewsWayX Systems in 10 print locations with more planned in the coming months.
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BlueLena, which supports independent news organizations with developing, implementing and managing subscription, membership and donation models, has announced a strategic partnership with Piano Software, a leading digital experience platform that supports subscription, conversion, analytics and personalization outcomes.
In less than six months of rolling out the Column platform, Ogden Newspapers successfully migrated 75% of their public notice orders to self-serve. Implementing the new platform involved a well-defined plan and strong collaboration. The final result was an enhanced customer experience with greatly improved efficiency.
Email newsletters continue to be one of the most powerful newsroom tools, regularly connecting publications with their audiences and encouraging readers to develop a habit and establish loyalty toward a news organization. Looking to spruce up a newsletter or planning a new launch? Here are some tried and true strategies for optimizing newsletters that publishers can put into place today.
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.
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The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pennsylvania) and Johnstown Magazine advertising sales director Mary Anne Rizzo is retiring July 31 after 35 years with The Tribune-Democrat organization.
In this new program, Renee Yaseen will write about the experience of moving from student life to professional life. She’ll chart all aspects of the transition — managing finances, seeking fulfilling work, navigating relationships and finding tech-life balance.
Raj Shah, the Fox Corp. brand protection executive who pushed Fox News in an even more pro-Trump direction after the 2020 election, has left the company.
G/O Media has named veteran technology journalist Dan Ackerman as editor in chief of Gizmodo, a leading technology, science and culture site.
Clarice Touhey, most recently publisher of two North Dakota newspapers, has been named general manager of the Victoria (Texas) Advocate.
Fanny Weiland has done two stints in the business office at the Sierra Vista Herald/Review Media, the most recent as business manager beginning in July 2021. She began her new position June 1.
Jonathan Richie has joined the Oshkosh (Wisconsin) Herald staff as a general assignment reporter and assistant editor.
Award-winning journalist Emilia Díaz-Struck has been named the incoming executive director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, an association of more than 240 investigative journalism nonprofits throughout the world.
Chris Licht, the embattled chief executive and chairman of CNN, whose brief one-year tenure at the network was stained by a series of severe missteps, announced on Wednesday that he will depart the company.
Chris Coates has been named Virginia state editor for Lee Enterprises, overseeing newsgathering in 11 markets. He will remain executive editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
River City Newspapers, which owns The Miner (Kingman, Arizona), recently announced the hiring of Jamie McCorkle as advertising director and Michael Zogg as editor. Both are newspaper industry veterans.
Small-town editor squeezed out at traditional newspaper — so he joins the expanding Spanish newspaper.
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He spent much of his career at the Miami Herald before a brief stint at The Washington Post.
Hoyt Purvis died on Friday, May 26, after an illness, said his wife Marion Purvis. He was 83.
In the early hours of May 31, two assailants on a motorcycle shot and killed radio journalist Cris Bundoquin on the C5 Road in the city of Calapan, in Oriental Mindoro province, according to multiple news reports.
John Widdison, a former executive managing editor of the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts, died Tuesday, May 23, at the age of 84.
On Wednesday, May 25, James Don “JD” Swartz passed away peacefully at Franklin Woods Hospital. He was born August 5, 1935, to Don and Maude Jane Barnett Swartz. He lived a beautiful life of 87 years.
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