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The JTI, making it easier to recognize trustworthy journalism

Serving as a forum for personal and professional networking is a benefit of social media, but its global reach and popularity have resulted in the posting of information — often described as “news” — from less-than-transparent and unverifiable sources. To make it easier for the public to recognize trustworthy journalism, Reporters Without Borders created the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) in 2019.
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Print is far from obsolete

Despite what many believe about printing, it is not a dying practice. The printing industry continues to experience growth in other areas, such as advertising. The Global Commercial Printing Market is projected to be worth $484.22 billion by 2027, a nearly 12% increase from 2021.

Nonprofit collaborations provide the resources for deep work

Nonprofit news collaborations deepen investigative work, amplify quality journalism and connect for-profit news organizations to new funding streams. Lisa Yanick Litwiller, director of audience at the Center for Public Integrity, said collaborations give journalists the resources for the deep work that drew many journalists to the industry in the first place.

Scrappy startup Hell Gate fills NYC’s missing alt voice, keeping authority in check with a sense of humor

A group of New York City journalists was growing weary of seeing their beloved alternative news outlets losing their edge as they fell into the hands of hedge funds and billionaire investors. So they took a knife to propriety and started their own worker-owned publication.
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The Bucks County Herald: A story of survival, moving from family to foundation-owned

In this 171st episode of E&P Reports, we reveal the story of the re-birth of suburban Philly weekly, The Bucks County Herald, which rose from the ashes of the global pandemic through a transformation from a family-owned to a non-profit foundation-run local news enterprise. E&P Publisher Mike Blinder question Bridget Wingert, founding editor, and her son Joe Winegert, publisher, on how they formed the new entity, what the community support is like and is this business model one that others can easily replicate.

Ken Doctor pulls no punches on why the JCPA was a bad idea & updates us on two years at Lookout Local

In this 170th episode of E&P reports, chats with well-known news publishing analyst Ken Doctor, who recently published a lengthy update on the 2-year progress of his innovative Santa Cruz, CA digital news start-up, Lookout Local, while also stating that he is proving that “a robust replacement for suicidal dailies can, indeed, be built. That’s especially important in the age of Gannett’s trainwreck, Axios Local’s skimming, and the misguided Journalism Competition and Preservation act currently before Congress.” Also appearing is Ashley Harmon (Holmes), Lookout Local’s new director of sales & marketing.

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I’ll give you some business advice you probably don’t get a lot: Stop. Stop already! Your business is trying to do too much at once; you’re trying to do too much. Stopping is often viewed as a failure or, at the very least, a lack of success. But “not winning right this second” and “losing” are very different things. But how do you tell what’s worth your time?
CNN begins the new year a leaner news media company. This past year saw resignations, layoffs, the promise and peril of CNN+, as well as a number of programming changes. At the same time, CNN rose to the formidable challenge of covering war — a complicated, expensive, messy, dangerous, yet essential endeavor.
Teddy bears on the moon. A cat wearing VR headsets. Homer Simpson in “The Blair Witch Project.” It’s time for journalists to have a serious discussion about how good artificial intelligence has become at creating an image for just about any idea imaginable.
A democracy can’t function and flourish without educated and informed citizens. KSPS, the public television station in Spokane, Washington; the Spokane Area League of Women Voters (LWV); and the Spokane Public Schools created Civics Bowl, a quiz show of competing high school students, to promote responsible citizenship.
About a decade ago, Peter Laufer, Ph.D., was in Italy enjoying a leisurely lunch with a publisher. They were making plans for an Italian translation of a book he’d written, “The Dangerous World of Butterflies,” when their discussion turned to the plight of news and the public’s changing news consumption habits. Where they sat, they weren’t far from where the “slow food movement” was born — for which quality ingredients and their provenance from farm to table are valued above speed and cost-efficiency. Laufer conceived of a similar concept applied to newsgathering, what he called “slow news.”
Every generation seems to have a way of seeing the one that follows as being different from their own. Now, as Gen Z (people born between 1997 and 2015) comes on the scene, it will be fascinating to observe how they'll find and engage with news content, which platforms and types of content will resonate with them, whether they’re willing to fund quality newsgathering, and how Gen Z journalists will themselves influence the news profession.
Are you afraid of the perception of others or have some irrational fear of ineptness? Perhaps you’re intimidated or worried that you won’t be able to relate to or have honest conversations with someone who doesn’t look, sound or think as you do. If so, please know that it's simply an illusion. Competency, ambition, hard work, instinct and ability aren’t tethered to gender, ethnicity, age or cultural background.
This year's Sales Superstars stand out in their ability to stand up against the challenging times newspapers face today. They stay focused and get the job done for their customers, their communities and the companies they represent. Our list of 16 individuals spans the age range, years of experience and small to large markets. Their words ring with wisdom born in the trenches. With extreme appreciation and celebration, we introduce E&P’s 2023 Sales Superstars.
Focusing on high-quality journalism that is essential to the communities it serves has sustained Hearst Newspapers and enabled it to grow through challenging times, said Jeff Johnson, the company’s president. The newspaper company was Hearst’s original business venture, and Johnson said the parent company embraces the role of the Fourth Estate.
Although newsrooms have increased their coverage of homelessness, many journalists need more guidance about reporting on this topic fairly and accurately. Now, publishers, editors and journalists can gain those needed insights with “A journalist’s guide for reporting on homelessness,” recently published by Street Sense Media.
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“Violation” will examine the twists and turns around a 1980s homicide.
Florida’s Republican lawmakers hate the daily newspapers and for 25 years have sought to end laws requiring public notices in newspapers. Their answer: Let government control public notice. Ha!
An antitrust suit that challenges Google’s dominance of online advertising offers hope for the survival of the local free press. Justice moves slowly, however, and in the meantime, Congress should take steps to help local news survive.
An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., on Thursday found that Pittsburgh Post-Gazette management had bargained in bad faith since 2019 with the union representing newsroom employees.
The new rules will greatly limit the public release of lawmakers’ communications.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal argued unsuccessfully that federal law bars police from looking at a journalist's news-gathering material.
AfroLA is making data-informed decisions to meet audiences where they are.
When The New York Times launched its flagship TikTok this week, on January 24, it started with hard news, featuring Brandon Tsay, the 26-year-old who disarmed a gunman at a dance hall in Alhambra, California.
Twitter announced a beta program earlier this week for companies that want to run advertisements on the platform.
DirecTV has dropped Newsmax, a right-wing TV network, from its channel lineup over a carriage fee dispute.
The video will certainly be graphic. Journalists should be prepared to explain why they chose to show or withhold it.
Former employees of Russian propaganda broadcaster RT America have taken over its old studios in downtown D.C. and are ramping up a new media venture, Axios has learned.
The largest union for journalists in the United States is asking the Department of Justice to investigate the recent acquisition of Pittsburgh City Paper.
The sole reporter left at the St. Cloud Times is leaving the paper next month, raising questions about how the 93-year-old paper will continue operations with no on-the-ground, full-time editorial staff.
Most of the evidence in the case has remained under seal at the request of Fox’s lawyers.
The America’s Newspapers Executive Development Program, funded in part by the Inland Press Foundation, gives the next generation of newspaper leaders the opportunity to connect and gain valuable insights from industry leaders and their peers.
Capital Region Independent Media, an upstate media publisher, has partnered with Pickleball518, a newsletter and website focused on growing the game of pickleball in New York. Pickleball518, formed in November 2022, reaches more than 5,000 pickleball players each month.
The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, which provides pro bono legal representation to social justice and media organizations worldwide, and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the nonprofit investigative newsroom and network, have launched Reporters Shield, a legal support program and defense fund for investigative journalists and newsrooms.
Meta will reinstate former President Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts "in coming weeks" following a two-year suspension, according to Nick Clegg, the company's president, global affairs.
When staff at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette walked off the job 100 days ago, they became the first newspaper to strike in decades. They’ve already been followed by more.
Industry Partner News
The Economist and PressReader have announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to further broaden the publication’s digital distribution and increase group subscriptions. The continued and deepened partnership helps PressReader carry out its mission to empower and enrich curious minds by bringing a universe of quality content within reach.
Doorfront Direct, the nation’s largest independent magazine and catalog delivery network, celebrates its five-year anniversary on Dec. 5.
In October 2022, Seawave Corporation, publisher of the Cape May County Herald in Rio Grande, New Jersey, signed a contract with SCS to implement the Community Advertising System to standardize and modernize its advertising and production workflows.
We're proud to announce that Column is now a certified B Corporation. Our certification establishes us amongst a small subset of public benefit corporations officially certified by the B Lab, a global nonprofit network committed to making all businesses a force for good. In our most recent blog, Melissa Theiss, head of people at Column, explains our certification, what a B Corp Score means and how we're committed to making an impact.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the trading platform for journalism — Journexx — is launching its final test phase before opening its doors to the entire publishing industry.
We need your help in recognizing the next generation of news publishing leaders,. We’re talking about people who are young, bright, and capable of tackling whatever the changing news media climate throws at them. Please help us by nominating a news publishing up-and-comer (or yourself) for our “25 Under 35” feature story that will appear in our February 2023 issue.
It's going to be a rough year for local advertising in 2023. Borrell is forecasting that growth will be at a near-standstill, held back by a combination of economic pressures and a dramatic reshaping of the type of businesses now operating in each market. Borrell will unveil its forecasts and describe the change in business composition during a 45-minute webinar at 11 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 17. The webinar is free.
Mediahuis, an international media group with a range of powerful brands and activities in many European countries and Ireland's leading print and digital media publisher, reaches millions …
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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Award-winning investigative journalist Jennifer Gollan is joining The San Francisco Chronicle newsroom next month.
Emily Cochrane will cover one of the National desk’s newsiest regions, the South. Campbell Robertson is the new Mid-Atlantic bureau chief.
Valley native Brianna Vaccari and multilingual international reporter Nancy Moya will launch beats on government accountability and community issues.
A recent conference from the National Press Foundation, Radio Television Digital News Directors Association and Arnold Ventures offered journalistic paths out of conventional — and damaging — TV news crime coverage conventions. All newsrooms would do well to check in with the ideas raised there.
Holden Foreman, The Post’s first accessibility engineer, shares insight on his new role.
Former Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-New York) is joining CNN as an on-air political commentator.
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Geoff Duncan, former lieutenant governor of Georgia, is joining CNN as an on-air political commentator focusing on national politics.
Jen Poyant is joining The New York Times as an executive producer of newsroom shows.
An award-winning freelance journalist since 2012, Caterina Clerici joins The New York Times as Video’s new production manager.
Margaret Sullivan, one of America’s leading journalists and media commentators, has joined the Guardian US to write a weekly column on media, politics, culture and the urgent moral and political debates of the moment.
Abbie VanSickle will be joining the Washington bureau as a Supreme Court reporter.
Industry Obits
Witty and contrarian, he was the longtime editor and later publisher of The Nation and wrote an acclaimed book about the Hollywood blacklisting era.
Virgil Shipley, a longtime photographer and reporter for the Mount Vernon (Ohio) News, has died.
She was well known in the San Francisco area for focusing on subjects like racism, sexism and drugs, in columns that sometimes angered sports stars.
John Lampson, 86, a native of Jefferson and Ashtabula County, died Saturday, Jan. 14, in his apartment in Mentor, Ohio, with his wife Marilyn by his side, following a brief illness. Lampson served as president and publisher of Gazette Newspapers from 1985 to 2005, later becoming the publisher emeritus, which he served until his death.
He was managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine and a top editor at Politico before overseeing The New York Times’ popular political newsletter.
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