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Newspapers around the country are scrambling to keep enough rolls of newsprint in stock to make their print runs and they also are closely monitoring ink and printing plate supplies. And, it's only expected to get worse in Q3 and Q4, several publishers recently told E&P. As they perform a delicate dance to maintain the paper flow, they’re turning to alternative methods and outreach.
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As a medium, video has the inherent power to tell a story in an imaginative and captivating way. But video can also be a source of revenue for news organizations. Adams Publishing Group did precisely that, leveraging the talent and resources already within the organization’s agency to create marketing videos for clients who may or not be advertisers with their news titles.
“We’re holding up a mirror to see how officers treat their own and what that means for the community when police victimize their fellow men and women in blue,” Samantha Max explains to listeners in “Behind the Blue Wall,” which earned the journalist the WBUR 2021 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. E&P spoke with Max after the award was announced to learn about her professional path in journalism and her award-winning work.
Sales by nature is challenging, fun, varying, fulfilling and sporadic, but it can sometimes become relatively routine. Media sales has seasons, and it’s essential to slow down and take time away from that routine. Take time to appreciate what you’ve accomplished and reenergize your thought patterns to reinvent or enhance your business development strategies and departmental approach.
Helen Ubiñas knows there are voices and perspectives missing in journalism. In 2018, Ubiñas, who writes columns on equity, equality and justice for The Philadelphia Inquirer, experimented with the idea of a pop-up newsroom. The goal was to bridge gaps between local media and community members. While the pop-up newsrooms are on pause because of COVID, more are planned for the future.
It’s always been tough to convince editors to try a new comic strip, especially when it means killing a feature some segment of the audience has grown to love. That tension has only gotten worse in recent years, as cost-cutting deepened the risk-averse approach most newspapers take with their comics section. Unfortunately, like the newspapers they serve, syndicates feel the impact of journalism's digital transformation from printed pages to pixels on a screen.
The nation’s first abolitionist newspaper, The Emancipator, has been reborn as a digital platform to dismantle racist systems. It's using a three-pronged approach to reach its audience. Editorial content will include articles and videos published on the website (and sometimes in the pages of partners, like the Boston Globe). It takes a “social-first” approach, sharing content to encourage conversation, not just sharing links. And it will involve community-based workshops and other events.
Talented visual journalists take us inside a moment, or a series of them, communicating information and inspiring emotion — whether it’s through a single image or hours of video footage. Top-of-the-field news photographers and videographers are technicians, creative visionaries, astute observers and chroniclers of history. They capture stories frame by frame, appending narratives and scripts with visual complements. This inaugural class of Shooting Stars comes from small publications and large corporate entities.
In May, Insider won a Pulitzer Prize, joining a small group of digital-only news organizations awarded journalism’s top prize. But like Politico back in 2012, the recognition came in an unlikely category for an online news organization — cartooning.
Each week, residents in 110 Los Angeles neighborhoods receive the Crosstown Neighborhood Newsletter in their inbox. The newsletter contains brief stories that reach readers where they are, with infographics about the number of new COVID infections and vaccination rates, as well as reports on housing issues and crime. The editorial staff comprises only 13 people, nine of whom are students.
When sharing your financials with your team, try to not give people more information they need to perform their jobs. Isolate the things that are high-impact and they can control. For example, instead of issuing that 47-line sheet, offer routine updates with three items that they have the most control over on the revenue side and four items that they have the most control over on the expense side.
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New Indiana outlet comes shortly after Pew Research Center identified States Newsroom as a key bulwark against the decline in full-time statehouse reporters.
New website to compile all reproductive rights coverage from 35 states
A panel at GlobalFact 9 talked about how new AI technologies can more efficiently combat global misinformation.
Instagram is blocking posts that mention abortion from public view, in some cases requiring its users to confirm their age before letting them view posts that offer up information about the procedure.
Police in New Delhi have arrested a Muslim journalist for allegedly hurting religious sentiment in what many slammed as the latest example of shrinking media freedom under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
Twelve experts address many of the questions newsrooms need to ask when considering whether to publish graphic images from mass shootings.
WV News has announced it is acquiring the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel and Gallipolis Daily Tribune in Ohio and the Point Pleasant Register in West Virginia from AIM Media Midwest.
Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the court's refusal to take up the case.
Around seven-in-ten U.S. journalists (69%) say it is the social media site they use most or second most for their job.
The way journalists are told to perform objectivity is outdated. If we want to preserve public trust, the best thing we can do is tell the truth.
The pending acquisition of TEGNA by Standard General would create the nation’s largest minority owned, women-led broadcasting company.
Journalists do not have a binary choice of "sticking to the facts" versus "speaking their minds." Most audiences would prefer you to sit somewhere in the middle.
For local newspapers, print circulation has collapsed for every audience except retirees. That’s why the daily paper in The Villages, Florida (metro population 129,752) prints as many copies as the one in Atlanta (metro population 6,930,423).
The company planning to buy Donald Trump’s new social media business has disclosed a federal grand jury investigation that it says could impede or even prevent its acquisition of the Truth Social app.
The news came as no surprise, but it was nevertheless emotionally overwhelming, incredibly impactful and expectedly divisive.
Covering a complex topic that spans laws, beliefs and lived experience requires nuance and context.
As laws in the United States continue to undergo massive change, one in particular — the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which transfers the right to abortion from federal to state governments — may prompt people to move away from Google and Bing as they rethink privacy.
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The Argus-Press in Owosso, Michigan, replaced its local workflow with the cloud-based ProImage NewsWayX production workflow to enjoy the cloud-based solution's speed and flexibility.
Families often lived in multiple places, posing an challenge when placing obituaries. So AdPortal Obituaries from iPublish Media Solutions now allows funeral homes and soon private parties to publish an obituary to any additional newspaper in the Memoriams network, including 3300 plus newspapers, without double entry.
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Yolanda Sangweni has been promoted to vice president of programming and new content development with NPR.
David Malitz has been appointed senior culture editor in The Washington Post's features department.
Anjuman Ali has been promoted to deputy wellness editor and will help lead The Washington Post's expanding coverage of personal health and well-being.
Washington Post Opinions has announced Chris Suellentrop as its politics editor. In this new role, Suellentrop will help oversee the section’s political columnists, commission guest op-eds and develop new ways of connecting readers with the section’s political coverage.
Alan Sipress has been named a senior editor on Foreign, overseeing coverage of much of the global South.
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In his role for TAPinto, James McQueeny will provide coverage for the News Around New Jersey section, which is on TAPinto's New Jersey local news and digital marketing platforms.
Julia Stidham has been named publisher of The Union and Don Rogers is returning to the newsroom as editor.
Gary Adkisson will be based in Kittanning and is in the process of relocating from Bismarck, North Dakota, where he was most recently publisher of the Bismarck Tribune.
Neal Templinm who has been freelancing for Barron's, has been hired as an editor and reporter.
Newsweek has hired Shaun Waterman as a cybersecurity correspondent on its enterprise reporting team.
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Steve Gonzales, a devoted family man and veteran Houston Chronicle photojournalist beloved for his unwavering kindness, faith and optimism, died Saturday (June 25) after a long, valiant battle with cancer. He was 60.
A former campaign strategist, he became a fixture in American political journalism and punditry and was seen on “PBS NewsHour” for 33 years.
Chuck Bohnet served in a variety of executive roles at The Forum, WDAY and Forum Communications. He is remembered as a "super star" executive and "quintessential advertising man."
Long-time Tullahoma News publisher, former owner of The Moore County News, career journalist and accomplished race car driver Terry G. Craig passed away at the age of 83.
He reported on the presidential campaign trail for NBC, made prizewinning documentaries for CNN and moderated "Washington Week" for PBS.
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