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Indecision is not a decision: Get off the fence.

If you’re in charge, your team or organization will inevitably look to you for direction to help lead them down the correct path. And depending on the talent on your team and the type of organization, that might not take much. For example, when you have a lot of strength above and below you, it’s often much easier to make good choices and set a course you feel confident about. Other times, the next steps just aren't as straightforward.

The future of funding journalism

One of the evergreen questions Editor & Publisher ponders as we chronicle today’s business of news is: How will newsrooms — now and in the future — be funded? As we stand, one quarter into 2023, it felt timely to reach out to news publishers to hear their goals for revenue this year; how their newsrooms may benefit from philanthropic support; and if they’re counting on legislative relief to come from state or federal governments.

The Baltimore Beat. Back in business, providing local, practical news for underserved communities

The Baltimore Beat was published for about five months in 2017 before the publisher decided to stop publication. But Lisa Snowden, editor, knew there was a niche and a need in Baltimore for another Black community-focused news outlet — in addition to the Baltimore-based 130-year-old The AFRO. She began studying nonprofit news models.

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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Two embedded journalists are making an impact thanks to the JFP

In this 180th episode of “E&P Reports," we speak with two reporters covering beats that exist today, thanks to the funding managed by Journalism Funding Partners (JFP). Appearing are the Nashville Tennessean’s first reporter to be focused solely on First Amendment issues, Angele Latham and the Raleigh News and Observer's new climate change and environment reporter Adam Wagner. Explaining how JFP was able to help create these and other new local journalism initiatives is executive director Rusty Coats.

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.

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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.
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.
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.
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Today, Microsoft, USAID and Internews are announcing a new public-private partnership to develop a Media Viability Accelerator to support independent media outlets around the world become more financially sustainable through access to market insights and business solutions.
The leak adds to the challenges facing the Elon Musk-owned company, which is trying to identify the person responsible and any other people who downloaded the code.
The 68-year-old progressive publication, which published Ronnie Dugger, Molly Ivins and Kaye Northcott, hit financial troubles and wasn’t able to broaden its audience, board members said.
The rules could drastically transform how people in this conservative state access social media and the internet, and if successful, serve as a model for other states to enact similar legislation.
In The Blast Effect, The Washington Post shows the mechanics of the AR-15 and the toll its high-velocity rounds exact as they move through human tissue, bones and organs.
This essay is adapted from a speech Martin Baron gave March 16 as part of the Richman Fellowship at Brandeis University.
In this piece, GIJN speaks with leaders in audience engagement and masters of story promotion at nonprofit outlets globally to share best practices to avoid one of journalism’s deadliest sins: great investigative reporting that no one notices.
The next phase of INN’s editorial collaborations on rural health issues is being developed with support from the National Institute for Health Care Management, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to transforming health care through evidence and collaboration. 
Federal immigration policies are the focus of Supreme Court arguments on Monday, this time with the First Amendment on the line.
The Batavia Daily News and its sister publication the Livingston County News have been purchased by Sample News Group. The company purchased four publications in total from Watertown, NY-based Johnson Newspaper Corporation (JNC). The deal also includes the Oswego County News, and the Oswego Shopper.
From dolphin rescues to war zone dispatches, Sanders nearly covered it all in his 32-year NBC career.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) said Sunday that his state's new first-of-its-kind legislation that restricts children and teens from using social media without their parents' consent are not expected to be "foolproof."
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday proposed that companies should be required to allow consumers to easily cancel paid subscriptions.
Biden administration officials acknowledge they do not have the legal authority to ban the popular app without congressional action, according to one person with knowledge of discussions.
Hundreds of WGA East members employed at Hearst Magazines Media staged a half-day walkout and rally March 23 to demand a fair contract.
The leading television stations serving the Rochester television market have began broadcasting with NextGen TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. The launch includes WHAM-TV (ABC), WROC-TV (CBS), WUHF (Fox) and WXXI-TV (PBS).
The event will be held April 10, with journalist Kara Swisher, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Group Black co-founder Bonin Bough also among those set to appear.
Here’s an idea to steal and adapt: Build trusted relationships with people who have lived without local news sources for years, by showing up for these communities, listening to them and delivering the content they most want. Make sure the coverage is for these communities, not simply about them.
NPR moved this week to cut 10 percent of its staff and stop production of a trio of acclaimed seasonal podcasts.
In interviews for this story, the harshest position against Fox News among journalism deans seemed to be a sort of double-secret probation.
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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 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.
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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The Washington Post has announced further expansion to its global newsroom and new positions aimed at growing Post readership nationally and internationally. These latest additions build on years-long investments by The Post to cover the news from more locations than ever before and to produce 24/7 live news coverage that is timely and accessible to people around the world at any time of day.
Abby Grossberg had been placed on administrative leave following disclosure of her filings and Fox filed a separate suit against her seeking to prevent her from filing claims that would offer information on her talks with its corporate attorneys.
The Financial Times has appointed Lucy Fisher as its new Whitehall editor. Fisher is currently chief political commentator at Times Radio and will join the FT in May.
Alberto Ibargüen led the transformation of the Knight brothers’ legacy for a new era, investing over $2.3 billion to support informed, engaged and inclusive communities through journalism, arts, economic development and research.
Leroy Chapman Jr. has been named editor in chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, succeeding longtime Editor Kevin Riley, who announced his retirement Thursday.
In her new role, Rachel Kay will be Hearst’s most senior human resources executive, leading companywide strategy, programs and human capital management support, while maintaining a longstanding tradition of local oversight of the majority of human resource decision-making.
Francesca Barber will be joining POLITICO this spring in a newly created position: executive director, global newsroom strategy.
In his role as a social media editor, Rushard Anderson will play a key role in programming The Washington Post's main accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Telegram.
Joy Robins, who has led advertising teams at The Washington Post and Quartz, NBC and the BBC, is joining the Times Company in early May.
New advisory board members have been named for the Democracy Day 2023 collaborative journalism project.
Christine Cook will join Bloomberg Media as chief revenue officer. Cook will lead global advertising revenues across all media platforms including digital, digital video, linear TV, audio, events, custom content, print and programmatic revenues.
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.
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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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