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When the story is political, make sure it isn’t politicized

How reporters cover the first few hours and days of politically-charged events like the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago is vital to properly informing local and national readers. The subjects will obviously be different. But as New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen suggests, reports should be mindful of the distinction between the properly political and the unduly politicized.
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Newspapers are experimenting with text-to-audio software that allows readers to listen to stories and articles instead of reading them. Neighbor-to-Neighbor News is one such newspaper publisher. This group of newspapers focuses on hyperlocal coverage and has about 4,000 subscribers. Grant Hamilton, the publisher, says it’s a budget-friendly step to enter the audio space.
One of the best skillsets Robert E. Brown has learned as a leader is how to honestly and objectively poke holes in his theories and strategies. If you want to gain more self-confidence in your leadership ability or are looking to take the next step in developing into a great leader, here are four principles that he says you need to introduce into your day-to-day routine.
Abortion is not just a charged political issue. It is also a deeply personal issue, said an International Center for Journalists editor who offered tips for journalists on how to approach the topic. ICFJ Managing Editor Devin Windelspecht compiled a list of resources and tips for journalists with Jamaija Rhoades, associate editor for International Journalists’ Network, ICFJ’s website.
Capital Region Independent Media is taking fresh approaches to legacy models in ways that serve both residents and local businesses. The company is keeping community news in upstate New York and the Vermont Lakes Region with its print and digital products while expanding the resources it offers residents and local business owners. Many of the newspapers owned by Capital Region Independent Media have been serving their communities for more than 100 years.
The great and well-respected always have a more human story to tell than just the achievements that have earned them respect and even legendary status. Burl Osborne is one of these very human individuals who reached the pinnacle of the journalism profession despite a lifelong health issue. “Burl: Journalism Giant and Medical Trailblazer” is the latest biography from author Jane Wolfe. It is due out this month in hardcover.
The phrase “sustainable local news model” is one of the most talked-about topics these days. It’s top-of-mind for everyone in the industry and the lead topic in many funding conversations. To understand sustainability, let’s explore the basic concepts of a local news publishing model.
Longtime media industry consultant Ken Harding has taken his talents to Hearst Newspapers. Harding’s title at Hearst is senior vice president of business effectiveness, an unusual — though fitting title — to describe what he’s doing.
The Center for Media Integrity set forth lofty goals for democracy in the Americas. The name itself sets a certain standard for the work the project aims to achieve: to promote and support the practice of independent, non-interest affiliated journalism and social media production in the Americas.
Elections, law enforcement agencies, the courts, elected officials, branches of the government and the very rule of law — the Republic’s framework — are under sustained and concerted attack by its own citizens and elected leaders. And, the media has an essential role to play in addressing these threats to democracy.
A bill allowing small, local news outlets to negotiate for a cut of the profits generated when their content is distributed on social media and search engines is scheduled to move before the Senate Judiciary Committee for markup in September following the holiday recess.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk won a reprieve from questioning by Twitter lawyers Monday, according to several press reports. The billionaire had been scheduled to give a deposition in his high-stakes court fight with Twitter over whether he has to follow through with his agreement to buy the social platform for $44 billion.
Hearst expects revenues to grow close to $12 billion this year, up slightly from the record $11.9 billion it earned last year, according to new figures from CEO Steve Swartz provided to Axios in an interview.
A sprawling disinformation network originating in Russia sought to use hundreds of fake social media accounts and dozens of sham news websites to spread Kremlin talking points about the invasion of Ukraine, Meta revealed Tuesday.
Publishers today are very focused on the long-term objective of digital transformation and are now confronted with a new challenge of declining audience levels.  How can you make digital progress if audiences are declining?  Are there ways to reverse the trends?  What are the key levers in the publisher toolkit to leverage data and grow audience?
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Lee Enterprises has apparently taken a page from Gannet Corp. in seeking to transfer millions of dollars in pension liabilities.
A state district judge has ruled against the city of Rio Rancho and in favor of The Santa Fe New Mexican and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government in a legal dispute over public records, saying reasons the city gave for withholding records pertaining to the December shooting death of a Santa Fe police officer’s child were invalid.
Courts have issued restraining orders against reporters at news organizations in Guatemala, effectively shutting down their work, after women argued that the journalists violated the law by publishing articles that subjected them to psychological violence.
Here's how they decide whose obit to prewrite and when they decide to update them.
A 55-year-old man has been charged in the slaying of a Detroit radio news anchor during an attack that also left two children and their mother injured.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is scheduled to spend the next few days with lawyers for Twitter, answering questions ahead of an October trial that will determine whether he must carry through with his $44 billion agreement to acquire the social platform after attempting to back out of the deal.
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.
Two Indiana newspapers owned by the same family since 1898 have been sold.
Some social scientists argue that civility is a poor metric by which to judge the quality of an online debate.
Romanian 24-hour news channel Antena 3 will re-launch on Sept. 27 with new programming, state-of-the-art studios and more international news coverage courtesy of its partnership with CNN.
Crime coverage at The Keene Sentinel was typical of most papers. The staff decided they needed to make some changes. But where to begin?
World News Day will be commemorated across six continents, among newsrooms of all sizes — from the Financial Times (worldwide), The Globe and Mail (Canada), and The Straits Times (Singapore) in the Northern Hemisphere, to LA NACION (Argentina), News24 (South Africa), and Stuff (New Zealand) in the South. The campaign will see global newsrooms carry print and digital adverts and use their social media channels, newsletters and other platforms to highlight the critical message that journalism matters and is worth supporting, promoting and defending.
The blows to advertising revenue have been brutal for news publishers, particularly for those that are primarily monetized through programmatic advertising and don’t have subscription revenue — like The Independent’s U.S. edition.
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There is no question that many news publishers are now looking to increase top-line revenue by locking down sites and focusing on digital/print paid subscriptions. However, The Press of Atlantic City is doing quite the opposite by launching a FREE monthly mailed community newspaper.
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.
Newsletters aren’t only a viable news and information tool; they can play a huge role in the future of the industry's bottom line. Email newsletters reach our consumers in ways they embrace and are a rapidly growing method of getting to what might be otherwise difficult demographics.
Facts and data don’t lie. One company controls the infrastructure of digital advertising, everything from the ad server to ad exchanges to ad tools, the programs publishers use to sell ads, advertisers use to buy ads and the exchange where deals take place. That company — Google — works hand in hand with Facebook and holds a digital advertising monopoly squeezing the life from newspapers.
John Newby is no stranger to planning successful events for the news publishing industry, having hosted dozens of well-attended conferences as founder of the 360 Media Alliance. “Our mission has always been to provide a quality event at a reasonable price,” stated Newby. “This event is no different, as we have secured accommodation at the downtown Harrisburg Sheraton for only $129 per night. Couple that with a $299 registration fee which includes lunch, breaks and even a free cocktail reception, and you have truly a great buy!”
“Re-establishing your brand value as a content partner and provider in every generation takes a commitment to being dedicated to who you are as a news media organization,” says Richard E. Brown, a News/Media Alliance Rising Star recipient, former head of digital subscriber churn for Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK and now the senior director of retention for The Daily Beast. “And, just as important, is your ability to constantly adapt and reinvent yourself as a valuable resource within your community.” Brown will be presenting a fast-paced, power-packed presentation “Boosting Your Brand’s Value” at the Oct. 12-14 Harrisburg NewsMedia Business Summit. He adds, “Possessing the commodity of information is only the beginning; how adept has your organization become at evolving with the mindset of your readers, helping them navigate through their day, and positioning yourself as a go-to content partner for the coming generation is the key to brand boosting success."
Times-Journal Inc, is a 150+ year old family-owned media company now in the hands of 3rd generation news publishers who are committed to serving local communities with award winning journalism and results driven advertising programs.  In short, there are no hedge-funds or corporate “bean counting downsizers” here to contend with. We are committed to a long-term future in this industry!  Located in the heart of Georgia’s most desirable markets, our communities are the ideal place to live, work and play. 
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At the Institute for Nonprofit News, Bia Medious will lead the strategic growth and diversification of the INN Network, deepen network engagement and implement systems to support that growth. She will manage the membership team, expand collective actions and measure impact.
Heidi Przybyla is joining POLITICO's permanent staff as national investigative correspondent.
Listeners will hear a new voice on NPR's "Code Switch" starting later this year: Award-winning journalist Lori Lizarraga will be "Code Switch's" newest co-host, joining Gene Demby, B.A. Parker and Senior Correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates.
Mike Schmidt will lead a team focused on expanding The New York Times' visual presence off-platform.
The Washington Post today announced the addition of Elahe Izadi as host of “Post Reports,” joining Senior Audio Host Martine Powers to helm the newsroom’s flagship podcast. Izadi, a media reporter for The Post, will debut her expanded role on Sept. 26 after regularly guest hosting since the spring.
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Esha Ray joins National as night editor.
Suein Hwang joins as the new business, economics and technology editor for guest essays; Emefa Agawu joins as a researcher for “The Ezra Klein Show”; and Louise Loftus takes on an expanded role commissioning and editing guest essays.
Long time cartoonist Todd Schowalter has been named the political cartoonist for Salem Media Group.
In their new beats, Ashley Southall will focus on the cannabis industry and Troy Closson on education.
Phil Pan has been given a mandate for his new post: to take The New York Times' global operation to the next level.
Industry Obits
Norman Causey, long time Federal News Network host and columnist who went by Mike, and a fixture in the Washington, D.C. news scene for more than half a century, died Monday, Sept. 26. He was 82 years old.
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.
Ken Stoffregen, a printer and graphic arts teacher in suburban Chicago, passed away peacefully on Sept. 7.
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