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It appears the United States Postal Service (USPS) is jumping on the bandwagon, adding one more financial and operational burden to newspapers nationwide. Effective Aug. 29, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved raising rates for newspapers to 9%. The National Newspaper Association (NNA) and News Media Alliance pushed back on these increases.
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On Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 24, 2021), Lee Enterprises, announced in a press release that “its Board of Directors has unanimously adopted a limited-duration shareholder rights plan (Rights Plan)." Within the statement from Lee Chairman Mary Junck: "Consistent with its fiduciary duties, Lee's Board has taken this action to ensure our shareholders receive fair treatment, full transparency and protection in connection with Alden's unsolicited proposal to acquire Lee."
The Scott C. Schurz Press Freedom Teacher Award celebrates teachers worldwide who educate young people about the need for journalism and the real-world dangers to journalists everywhere. This year, the award recognizes three outstanding educators from three continents.
News publishers have shared in the hardships along the way, struggling to balance the duty to inform the public about stats, guidelines and mandates with the need to operate responsibly and protect their employees from being harmed or from harming others, which was a concern for journalists working in the field. E&P felt it was vital to take the industry's pulse and understand the COVID-19 challenges that have passed and those that linger. So we asked our readers to take a short survey to let us know about their pandemic-related policies and how they're fairing today.
For too many years, reporting on gender, politics and policy and their effect on overlooked segments of society have not been seen “above the fold.” So the 19th, an independent, nonprofit newsroom, was created and is working hard to push these issues forward.
In recent years at least 1,400 local news publications, most of them digital, have begun to fill America’s large and growing local news desert. But are they really “greening” that desert by filling it with legitimate local news? Or are they just trying to exploit it financially and politically?
Whether it’s an expert on your team at maintaining great relationships with your local advertisers, a pro at representing your audience to regional and national buyers or that fantastic team leader who knows how to coach and maximize sales performance, help us recognize the industry's "Sales Superstars" by nominating yours today! We'll kick off the new year, saluting them in the January 2022 E&P Magazine!
There is a sudden swell of optimism about the state of journalism in Chicago, where local journalists are about to answer a question I posed on these pages several years ago: Why can’t newspapers create a business model similar to public radio stations?
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On Monday, Nov. 29, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), along with his colleagues Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01) introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at supporting and protecting local journalism, and honoring its role in bolstering our democracy, holding government accountable, and informing the electorate.
With the acquisition, Ogden Newspapers will publish 54 daily newspapers and a number of weekly newspapers and magazines in 18 states.
By 2020, out of the 3,000-plus U.S. counties, half had just one local print newspaper of any kind. Only a third had a daily newspaper. Over 200 counties had no newspaper whatsoever. This trend in local news has been life-changing, of course, for the employees who lose their jobs and incomes. But even more concerning is what happens to the communities they used to serve — and, more broadly, what happens to our society and our ability to self-govern when local news dries up.
Alden previously gained seats on the board of Tribune Publishing as part of its strategy for acquiring control of that company.
"It is a pity that market analysts are not really covering Lee. Hence, we don't have a lot of information about Lee's future revenue. With that, I don't think that we need a lot of forecasts because the company's revenue line appears quite stable."
As brands get their marketing back on track post-pandemic, marketers say in-housing media is taking priority. And they want more help from agencies to achieve it.
In a significant push against Big Tech’s ability to maintain market dominance through sheer buying power, the U.K.’s competition watchdog has ordered Facebook (now Meta) to reverse its acquisition of animated GIF platform, Giphy — confirming the Financial Times‘ earlier reporting.
The CNN anchor cannot possibly keep his job, can he? Then again, CNN allowed him to appear on his show as normal Monday night.
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David Trinko will be succeeding current editor Jim Krumel, who is retiring on Dec. 31.
Lisa Schlichtman will oversee CCM’s eight-county news operation.
“His wealth of experience working in a wide variety of jobs at daily and community newspapers was impressive to our search committee,” said Logan Molen, publisher of Pilot & Today. “He has a track record of delivering excellent journalism and showing good news judgment and strong ethics.”
Ron Rodgers retired this year after 16 years at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.
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HINSDALE, MA. & CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (November 15, 2021) – Wallit, a state-of-the-art software firm based in Milwaukee, which provides paywall services to dozens of publishers throughout the United States, has sold a majority stake to MvWd Enterprises, a media group based in the Berkshires (western Massachusetts) and New York's Capital Region. MvWd Enterprises is headed by Warren Dews, Jr. and Mark Vinciguerra.
VoicePort, LLC, a leading customer self-service automation software provider serving the newspaper and subscription industry, acquired Innovative Systems Design Inc. (ISD Chatterbox), effective Nov. 1.
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