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Labor puts it all on the line. 2022 was a banner year for union membership, walkouts and strikes

There’s something palpable happening across the U.S. news media landscape. 2022 was a year when unions gained momentum and seized new leveraging power. They deployed tactics like social media campaigns, lobbying, walkouts and strikes to garner public support and implore news publishers to the bargaining table.
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Journalists are routinely vilified on social media and the beat, with women enduring the brunt of the abuse

There were 25 organized troll campaigns targeting women reporters in the first half of 2020, according to Ms. Magazine. Additionally, the magazine cited 267 attacks and threats, with many mentioning women’s appearance and sexuality, including death and rape warnings. Here are three steps supervisors should be taking to better protect women journalists.

How the ICIJ reversed business models to produce journalism causing global change

Gerard Ryle has turned standard practices upside-down to enable a nonprofit organization with limited resources to produce groundbreaking global projects. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists brings in trusted journalists from around the world, giving them access to information in exchange for their media organization’s resources.
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University of Oregon journalism chair asks Gannett to donate The Eugene Register-Guard to the school

In this 173rd episode of “E&P Reports,” we go one-on-one with Peter Laufer, Ph.D., an award-winning journalist, professor of journalism, James N. Wallace Chair of Journalism at the University of Oregon and author of "Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer." We ask Laufer about his recent campaign to get Gannett to donate the city’s paper of record, The Eugene Register-Guard, to the school and his views on the media industry today.

Steve Waldman’s Rebuild Local News Coalition — aggregating industry advocacy

In this 172nd episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with Steven Waldman, co-founder of Report for America and chair of the Rebuild Local News Coalition, an alliance of local news organizations developed to advance a range of public policies addressing the accelerating crisis in local news. Waldman speaks to why the new coalition is necessary and what its priorities are, what initiatives they are championing and how they can help move public policies along on a state and national level.

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Our 25 Under 35 salute showcases our future — one that’s inspired, passionate and innovative, reinvigorated by fresh ideas and talent. E&P thanks the colleagues who thoughtfully nominated this year’s deserving nominees. Cheers to E&P’s 2023 class of 25 Under 35!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”
It’s a new year and time for media, agencies and local advertisers to digest the many competing forecasts for 2023 ad spending. There will be sales quotas; agencies will create pitches; and local advertisers will search for the most effective media mix. However they may approach these tasks, the universal forecast is: Digital advertising will continue to gain on legacy media and become an even more dominant force.
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James VanLandingham will be a guest of new Rep. Chris Deluzio, the first-time Democratic congressman who represents the 17th District.
Four newsrooms in Pittsburgh openly acknowledged their struggles to serve communities of color and dedicated themselves to concrete changes related to diversity and inclusion following a near-year-long project with the American Press Institute.
After nearly 70 years under the ownership of the Green family, the Artesia (New Mexico) Daily Press has been sold to El Rito Media, LLC.
For decades, broadcast meteorology has been dominated by white men — leaving out women, and particularly women of color. Of the hundreds of chief meteorologists at news stations across the country, few are Black women.
Over the next year, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism will work together with communities that are marginalized, and communities that have been harmed or ignored by the media, on investigations.
The fit between the 230-year-old Bill of Rights and the electronic age is at issue in an attack by news outlets on Virginia’s segregated system of access to court records, one for patricians with power and another for commoners with none.
A defamation lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign against The Washington Post was dismissed by a federal judge.
Elaíze Farias, editor of news outlet Amazônia Real, wants her "post-colonial" journalism to put the voices of marginalized people first.
While each newsroom’s union contract differs, here are some of the ways unions represented by guilds in New York are addressing layoffs.
Gannett Co., Inc. has announced that the company used proceeds of $21.3 million from real estate sales completed in January 2023 to reduce its first lien debt by $22.3 million.
The U.S. government is not investigating Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase.
The buzzy new AI tool can quickly create entire news organizations out of thin air. Should we be freaking out?
Previously, Gannett journalists moderated online comment spaces. "Changes in staffing" have made that difficult.
Former Clark County administrator Robert Telles' lawyer told a judge he would not be ready to mount a defense by the April trial date.
"I’m not yet ready to concede. Before the Register-Guard lets out its last gasp, donating it to the UO could serve the corporate monster’s public image, our local public university and — most important, of course — our community. Our fragile democracy depends on a vibrant free press. Eugene, along with similar underserved markets across the country, needs and deserves a potent daily." — Peter Laufer, Ph.D, James Wallace Chair Professor of Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
The authors write: “In this vision, the community librarian facilitating conversations around authoritative, trusted digital news is as celebrated as the dogged reporter pursuing a scoop.”
The essential role of media is to report without fear or favor. And this applies to the international media — as well as the Ukrainian press.
Roy Wood Jr., the comedian known for his role on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will be the entertainer at the 2023 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the association announced Thursday.
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has dropped his appeal of the dismissal of his 2022 lawsuit against news publisher Insider, according to a filing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
The school’s Technology and Social Change Project, which published research on COVID misinformation and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, will end in 2024.
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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.
Each year Editor & Publisher Magazine (E&P) and the Local Media Consortium (LMC) recognize companies that have done the impossible through successful innovation, implementing cost savings or developing new programs that have generated considerable increases in revenue or audience.
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 …
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Mike Smith has joined Frequence as vice president of sales. Smith will be responsible for driving business development and industry-wide adoption of Frequence’s best-in-class technology platform.
Hagadone Corporation Chairman and CEO Brad Hagadone and Media Division president Clint Schroeder have named Montana regional advertising director Anton Kaufer as the newspaper group’s next regional publisher.
The former Restaurant Critic will take on a new role as columnist and cultural critic.
Eli Murray has joined the Graphics department from the Tampa Bay Times, where he was an investigative/data reporter.
Newsroom Operations welcomes an operations manager on the Photo Desk.
Pat Dorsey, who most recently was publisher of the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, has been named publisher of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Dorsey will succeed Tom Cross, who announced his retirement on Wednesday.
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AmyJo Brown, a veteran journalist passionate about supporting and reshaping local political journalism and who it engages, has joined the Knight Lab as a 2022-2023 professional fellow.
Alex Wellman and Karl Holbrook will lead the Mirror US and Express US, respectively.
Maeve Reston is joining The Washington Post as a national political reporter, drawing from her extensive experience covering five presidential campaigns.
The Washington Post has announced a new role on the foreign desk for Mary Beth Sheridan.
Kevin Sieff will take on a new assignment with The Washington Post as an international investigative correspondent focusing on sports. He has been the paper's Mexico City bureau chief since 2018.
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In 1973, she was the first woman hired by The New York Times to be a full-time staff photographer.
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.
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