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In an era of rampant misinformation, journalists tend to focus on the bad players, like social media companies that care more about their bottom line than the wrong information that washes over their platforms. But we tend to do a lousy job at focusing on our own biases, which can unintentionally lead us to misrepresent facts, provide incorrect or incomplete reporting, and create the perception of misinformation we’re all trying so hard to combat.
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In newsrooms across the country, editors bear heavy responsibilities — leading the newsroom, determining what stories should be told and who is best positioned to tell them, challenging assertions, developing talent, elevating journalism — all while maintaining an unwavering commitment to the public’s interest. Their names may not always be as familiar as bylined reporters or celebrated columnists, but their insight, experience and leadership are indispensable. We hope you enjoy meeting this exemplary group of E&P’s 2022 Editors Extraordinaire.
Advertising, events, sponsorships, newsletters and paywalls are critical revenue streams for news media. Although not entirely new, philanthropy as a revenue stream is quickly becoming a welcomed funding source for both nonprofit and for-profit news operations.
The nonprofit Baltimore Banner is taking shape and preparing to launch soon. Its website will come first this summer, followed by the mobile app about three months later. The launch date hasn't been announced yet, but the pricing model for a Banner subscription will be comparable to The Baltimore Sun. And it will draw revenues from three sources: philanthropy, subscriptions and limited advertising.
Ben August is a serial entrepreneur whose experiences led him to take on the mantle of labor injustice and buy The Chief, a weekly newspaper serving as “A Voice for Workers.” He launched a redesign of the New York City-based publication about six months into his role as its owner and publisher.
Dozens of surveys have confirmed a lack of trust in the media among middle-aged and older people. When SKEMA PUBLIKA, the think tank of SKEMA Business School, surveyed media posts from 2.8 million people ages 18-24 on five continents, they came to a surprising conclusion — young people also share a deep, widespread distrust in traditional media on a global scale.
Propaganda abounds, and now it’s easier than ever to create and digitally distribute propaganda, like deep-fake videos — or “deepfakes,” as they’re sometimes called. E&P reached out to Facebook and Twitter to learn how big of a problem deepfakes are on their platforms and what they’re doing to detect them and squash them when they’re used as propaganda, disinformation or to harass.
When Luanne Rife, a longtime journalist with The Roanoke Times, left the paper in early 2021, a nonprofit interested in supporting quality journalism approached to ask her opinion about the viability of an online-only news outlet. This led to a $100,000 grant. The grant and a matching amount were the seed money to develop The Cardinal News, which launched in September 2021.
Attacks on media companies are escalating. It’s hard to pinpoint whether cybercriminals strategically target media companies or whether the criminal net is just so widespread that it ensnares news outlets almost incidentally. But news businesses around the world have found themselves on the receiving end of hacks, breaches and ransomware demands, perhaps the most insidious of them all.
One-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Fitzsimmons has been drawing six cartoons a week about his sun-soaked corner of the country for the Arizona Daily Star since 1986. Avoiding the fate of many of his contemporaries, Fitzsimmons has managed to remain a vital part of his newspaper and the community for the past 35 years and only recently decided at the age of 66 to begin to slow things down and go part-time.
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Ogden Newspapers, through its partnership with Journal Gazette Co. in the Fort Wayne Newspapers company, has entered into an agreement to purchase KPC Media, according to Randy Cope, Cribb, Cope & Potts, who represents the Witwer family, owner of KPC Media.
The Associated Press, The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, and The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education have announced plans to work together to improve diversity in newsrooms and news reports through journalistic and leadership training and more inclusive storytelling.
Most major news sites saw a year-on-year and month-on-month fall in their traffic in April, as news interest in the Ukraine war is likely to be waning.
Canadian political leaders have condemned Russia’s decision to shut down CBC-Radio Canada’s Moscow bureau and revoke the visas of its Canadian reporters and producers covering that country.
The fake account tweeted information about new arrests in the Buffalo shooting, and the name of an additional victim. None of it is true.
With a reporter surveillance scandal of its own embroiling Biden’s Department of Justice, it’s now more important than ever for his administration to throw its weight behind passing a strong journalist shield law, such as Senator Ron Wyden’s PRESS Act.
Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, lead author of The New York Times’ landmark 1619 Project, discussed her passion for investigating racial inequality and injustice, as well as her academic history at the University of Notre Dame and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Journalists in Distress Network rolled out a new website earlier this year, allowing journalists to browse its member organizations to identify which may best be able to help.
The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday paused a new and controversial board’s work on disinformation and accepted the resignation of its leader, capping weeks of concerns about impinging on free speech rights and frenzied conspiracy theories about the board itself.
The man accused of opening fire on a Southern California church congregation because of his political hatred for Taiwan dubbed himself a “destroying angel” in a seven-volume diary sent to a newspaper before the attack, the paper said Wednesday.
The Seattle Times was the first to launch an education lab in 2013. Since then, The Fresno (California) Bee, The Dallas Morning News, AL.com and The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) have all created their own labs, many of them modeled after the Times’.
States Newsroom now features coverage from 35 states on News from the States.
The E.W. Scripps Company and Google are partnering on a multi-year initiative to transition experienced journalists with primarily print news backgrounds into broadcast news careers. Google has made a financial commitment to Scripps to underwrite the newly created Scripps Journalism Journey Initiative.
On Tuesday morning, hours after Musk tweeted that "this deal cannot move forward" until his purported spam bot concerns are cleared up, the company filed its proxy statement for Musk's takeover and said it wants to close the deal "as promptly as practicable."
"We are in an era of extreme creativity. We need to match that in news," writes BBC's Ros Atkins in this piece adapted from a recent speech.
Price remains the biggest issue and turns out Netflix and Spotify are seen as benchmarks by younger audiences.
It requires more than a solid strategy and good pitch deck. Publishers need to think about capacity and a new ethos.
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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.
Doorfront Direct, the nation’s largest magazine and catalog delivery network, announced this week that Lee Enterprises, the leading provider of news and information in 77 U.S. markets, has launched weekly magazine delivery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with plans for other markets under way.
Help us recognize the heart and soul of our industry, the leaders who help us produce quality products each day while keeping an eye on our bottom lines! Nominate a colleague today so we can salute them and share their ideas to the global news publishing industry, in our 2022 class of "Operations All-Stars!" Don't wait because we'll be featuring "All-Stars" each month!
Formed 40 years ago, the PAGE Cooperative has served generations of newspaper leadership and is noting a rising interest in new membership. PAGE bands members together with a common objective of controlling costs but with additional benefits of best practices, advisory and intervention during shortages.
Stacker’s newsroom tackles data-rich topics to produce and distribute stories to their news network, built on a partnership model similar to how local news organizations work with AP and Reuters for wire content. They invest dozens of hours in data projects so that they can be shared as stories and data assets for journalists and Stacker partners, allowing newsrooms of all sizes to tap into data reporting for their area.
A recent Editor & Publisher sponsored webinar explored four demographic shifts that will impact the obituary market, and covered recommendations of what newspapers can do to secure the future for their most important local content.
Over 40 years ago an invoice that accidently landed on the wrong desk, sparked an initiative to band the newspaper industry together.  That invoice was addressed to a large newspaper chain but was received by a publisher at an independent paper.  When he saw the difference in pricing from the same supplier, the idea was born to form a purchasing cooperative for newspapers.
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Amy L. Kovac-Ashley is joining The Lenfest Institute as head of national programs to expand its grantmaking and support of local news around the United States.
Campbell Brown, the veteran news anchor who has served as Meta's vice president of news partnerships since 2017, is being promoted to oversee a new global media partnerships team at the company, Meta sources tell Axios. Why it matters: The new role will allow Brown to focus on broader media partnerships in addition to news. New regulations around the globe are forcing tech firms like Meta and Google to pay to host news content.
Chris Wallace will host a Sunday night interview show for CNN starting this fall, the network said Wednesday in announcing a new home for the best-known personality from the since-imploded CNN+ streaming service.
Matt Zapotosky will become a criminal justice editor on the Metro desk.
Marian Chia-Ming Liu will become a projects editor focused on new initiatives, which includes Lede Lab, The Washington Post’s storytelling R&D team, and other strategic initiatives.
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Hasit Shah has joined the London Home Team as a senior staff editor.
Lucy Tompkins, the inaugural Headway fellow, will report on housing and homelessness at The Texas Tribune.
Randy Pennell brings years of experience covering breaking news on a wide range of topics, from pandemic relief efforts to the arrest and trial of Jerry Sandusky, to the Live team as a senior editor.
Amanda Kludt, group publisher of Eater, Popsugar, Punch, and Thrillist and Eater’s founding editor-in-chief, has announced that Stephanie Wu will be Eater’s new editor-in-chief. Eater’s GM + VP, Jill Dehnert, and its VP of Development Britt Aboutaleb, will also now work across the portfolio of lifestyle publications.
Jenna Johnson will be The Washington Post's deputy democracy editor, helping to lead a new team focused on threats to the electoral process and battles over the right to vote.
Industry Obits
Ron Martin, a former longtime editor of the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution who oversaw the merger of those newspapers after he edited USA Today, died Saturday, May 14, according to his family.
Richard Wald, a longtime journalist who helped build ABC News into a powerhouse following a career in newspapers, has died. He was 92.
Dustin Barnes, a Mississippi-raised journalist who became a USA TODAY trending editor known for his professional acumen and irrepressible joy, was found dead Wednesday, May 11, at his home in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 38.
Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday.
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