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From news deserts to digital havens: Radio and TV programmers delve into hyperlocal news with varying degrees of success

Hyperlocal digital news communities are gaining popularity, particularly among legacy radio and TV companies, as a way to provide reliable sources of information to communities, especially those in news deserts. Townsquare Media and Saga Communications are among the companies that have launched hyperlocal news sites in small markets, focusing on practical community news, public safety reports, and upcoming events. These sites provide opportunities for advertising, programmatic programs, and sponsored content, and have been met with overwhelmingly positive community reactions.

Layoffs in public broadcasting: Addressing the triple threat of declining audiences, podcast glut and underwriting challenges

Hardly a week has passed this year without a layoff announcement from one public broadcaster or another: 20 positions eliminated last September at WNYC, 16 in February at WAMU, 34 in April at WNET, eight at KUOW in May — plus a round of buyouts (potentially followed by layoffs) at KQED and LAist. Nearly 150 jobs have been lost at local stations since last fall, and that's on top of the 100 positions NPR eliminated in the spring of 2023.

Meet TikTok's 'Print Princess': Kelsey Russell

Kelsey Russell engages more than 89,300 fans on TikTok, where she evangelizes print newspapers and media literacy. She summarizes news articles for her audience, adding her (often humorous) take on the topic. She traces her affinity for news back to her childhood in Atlanta. At home, the news was part of daily life.     

Borealis Philanthropy’s bold plan: Investing billions to support BIPOC journalism

E&P got an early preview of the study Alicia Bell launched as part of her work as the director of the Racial Equity in Journalism (REJ) Fund at Borealis Philanthropy. Titled “Repair, Reimagine, and Rebuild: Modeling the Future of News For and By Black, Brown, and Indigenous Communities,” the report proposes it will take somewhere between $380 million to $7.1 billion annually to truly fund BIPOC journalism across the U.S.

Meet E&P's "15 Over 50" class of 2024

In the last three years, we have announced our “15 Over 50” salute. However, again this year, the nominees have been so deserving that we expanded the group to include more in our salute — while retaining the “15 Over 50” moniker. The 22 news media professionals you’ll meet here are hopeful about the future and proud to be part of guiding the next generation forward. We know their passion for this industry will shine through their profiles.  
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Jeff Bezos, the billionaire owner of The Washington Post, broke his silence Tuesday on the mounting turmoil within his newspaper, expressing support for maintaining high standards at the storied publication as questions swirl over the ethical integrity of its new publisher, Will Lewis.
The Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees (IAPE), Local 1096 of The NewsGuild – Communications Workers of America, and Dow Jones have announced they have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year collective bargaining agreement covering 1,400 employees across the United States and in Canada.
Jeff Bezos has a decision to make — and it is one that will determine the future course of one of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations.
“News use across online platforms is fragmenting”: That’s one of the findings from Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) in its 2024 Digital News Report, out Monday. As the use of Facebook for news declines, a number of other platforms — YouTube, TikTok, WhatsApp — are picking up the slack, “with six networks now reaching at least 10% of our respondents, compared with just two a decade ago.”
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Unveiling the secrets of local media sales mastery: Insights from Jeffrey Sleete.

In this wide-ranging interview with Jeffrey Sleete, a seasoned media sales consultant with a rich radio and TV advertising sales background, we delved into his approach to media sales and the principles that have guided his successful career. Sleete, who now writes a column for E&P Magazine, shared his ideas on various aspects of how to successfully engage small businesses in today’s challenging local media ecosystem.

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In the fast-paced world of news media sales, traditional tactics can feel like a tired script. However, what if there’s a more powerful approach? E&P columnist Richard E. Brown delves into a topic that's been on his mind lately: his approach to selling sponsorships in the news media industry — an approach that frames the news organization as the “hero” in a hero's journey tackling community issues.
Small newsrooms have a lot to think about when considering internships. A new handbook written by Barbara Selvin, an associate professor emerita at the School of Communication and Journalism at Stony Brook University, addresses a multitude of questions that will arise. The handbook is presented by The Daily Catch, a nonprofit news source based in Red Hook, Hudson Valley, New York, with funding support from the D.J. McManus Foundation.
The University of Iowa insists on maintaining its status as a school that elevates writing. But it is also generating new opportunities for students. To that end, it now has more news publications to serve as a training ground for its journalists. The school’s student-run news organization is leveraging its nonprofit status to give students more opportunities while also saving two endangered rural newspapers.
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Los Angeles has agreed to pay $300,000 to cover the legal fees of a local journalist and a technology watchdog group that had been sued by the city last year for publishing photos of names and photographs of hundreds of undercover officers obtained through a public records request, the journalist’s attorney said Monday.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications has announced the selection of eight new inductees into the Radio Hall of Fame for 2024. The inductees will be honored at the in-person 2024 Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville.
The NFL’s Christmas Day games may have a new home, but prices for commercial slots aren’t budging much.
Tickets are now on sale for Climate Forward 2024, a one-day event alongside the 79th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 79) in New York City this September.
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The Las Vegas (Nevada) Review-Journal has committed to a very large Goss Newsliner Press Drive upgrade project with imPRESSions Worldwide, Inc. from Burlington, Washington, in conjunction with  DCOS from Sweden, following a large wave of printers making similar decisions as of late.

The Jacobs Family has sold its J-Ad Graphics publishing business to JAMS Media, LLC and its View Newspaper Group of Lapeer, Michigan, according to Joe Bella, independent broker with BVC LLC. Bella represented the Jacobs family in the transaction.
On April 1, The Albuquerque Publishing Co., based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, went live with the Community Advertising System (CAS) from SCS.
In the ever-evolving world of online news, securing reader loyalty and generating sustainable revenue remains a constant battle. While paywalls have become a popular strategy, many publications, like HuffPost, are hesitant to restrict access to their content and prefer to keep their award-winning journalism free and available to all.
LNP Media Group, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has reached an agreement with SCS to install the Community Advertising System (CAS).
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