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Journalism’s missing diversity link — business folk

Andrew Ramsammy spends his days on the business side of media doing strategy, partnerships and revenue generation for things like Word In Black and the Knight x LMA BloomLab at the Local Media Association. And, he's usually the lone non-white person in the room.  Business folks, he says, "should get the same attention and support we put into our rallying cry for greater editorial diversity. You can’t have great journalism if you don't have a great business."
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At a time when disinformation and state repression are suffocating the free press, local media are the perfect antidote to global crises.
Postmedia Network Inc., owned by Postmedia Network Canada Corp., says nine of its urban daily newspapers will no longer be printed and delivered on Mondays effective Oct. 17.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal is demanding that authorities don’t review a slain reporter’s electronic devices and reporting materials, which were seized by authorities after his death.
Actions by Facebook and its parent Meta during last year’s Gaza war violated the rights of Palestinian users to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, political participation and non-discrimination, a report commissioned by the social media company has found.
The publications appearing in mailboxes are produced by a company tied to prominent conservatives. They were mailed using the Daily Herald's owner's permit, but the paper dropped them Thursday.
Two Indiana newspapers owned by the same family since 1898 have been sold.
A bill that would let most news outlets collectively negotiate with dominant tech platforms for compensation to distribute their content advanced out of a Senate committee Thursday after Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) struck a deal.
The Inland Press Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $100,000 to newspapers in Illinois and Kansas to strengthen their local news reporting.
CherryRoad Media Inc. is acquiring three weekly Utah newspapers from Brehm Communications Inc. (BCI). The titles include The Richfield Reaper, The Vernal Express and the Uintah Basin Standard.
The conservative group was found to have violated wiretapping laws and fraudulently misrepresented itself to a Democratic consulting firm, to which it was ordered to pay $120,000.
The Daily Maverick’s publisher and CEO says membership can be a viable model for public interest journalism, even in a challenging environment like South Africa.
The Diversity Pledge Institute at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (DPI) is partnering with the Journalism Education Association (JEA) to expand the reach of its recently announced Newsroom Diversity Survey pilot.
At the Summit for Information and Democracy, organized by the Forum on Information and Democracy and France on Sept. 22, Elizabeth Allen, senior official for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, who represented U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, announced that the United States has joined the International Partnership for Information and Democracy. Uruguay has also joined the Partnership on this occasion.
The second annual Nonprofit News Awards on Wednesday honored more than two dozen examples of groundbreaking journalism and leadership.
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi withdrew from a long-planned interview with CNN's chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, after she declined a last-minute demand to wear a head scarf.
Gold Mountain California News Media Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire 11 California titles from Brehm Communications Inc. (BCI). Six of the titles are located outside of Sacramento and the other five are in the San Bernadino Mountains and neighboring high desert region.
The state attorney general filed a petition to the court Wednesday, after two lower courts split on decisions about social media laws.
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On the morning of Oct. 13, Blinder will help kick off the #NewsMedia Business Summit with a motivational presentation that will offer some of the back-to-basic approaches he used at E&P to achieve its success.
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“They tell us things they would never tell you. AND they tell us things they DO tell you, but then tell us you don’t listen,” stated Borrell Associates Executive Vice President of Local Market Intelligence Corey Elliott about the value of the research he will be presenting at the NewsMedia Business Summit coming to Harrisburg, Oct. 12-14.
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Esha Ray joins National as night editor.
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Dylan Wells is joining The Post as a campaign reporter who will cover this year’s midterms and the 2024 presidential election.
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Trace Gallagher, a staple of Fox News since its launch in the late 1990s, is getting a new job at the network hosting its late night news program “Fox News at Night.”
The Los Angeles Times plans to expand the newsroom’s output of essays and first-person writing, starting with Jamil Smith's hiring.
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As a top editor who was both feared and revered at the newspaper for decades, he left a deep imprint as its arbiter of language, taste, tone and ethics.
George B. Irish, the publisher of the San Antonio (Texas) Light from 1988 until its closure in 1993, died at his New Jersey home on Tuesday (Sept. 13) from an apparent heart attack at age 78.
Dr. W. Gerald Austen, who served on Knight Foundation’s board of trustees for a quarter-century and as its chair for over a decade, died Sunday, Sept. 11, at Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by family.
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Former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw died Sept. 7 of pneumonia unrelated to COVID-19, Shaw's family announced in a statement. Shaw was 82.
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