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A frank discussion about public media with industry expert Tom Davidson

In this episode of “E&P Reports,” we go one-on-one with well-known digital media consultant, Knight fellow, professor of journalism, Gannett’s past director of new product development and past senior director of public broadcasting, Tom Davidson, who “pulls no punches” during this frank discussion on the challenges that public media faces today and how it can continue to be a viable, self-sustaining part of local journalism.

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A social justice series on gender identity, investigative reporting supported by pursuit of public records, forceful editorial writing, and timely website postings highlighted the annual Best of CNHI journalism awards. Newsrooms from CNHI newspapers in 22 states submitted their work from 2023.

Employees with The Desert Sun NewsGuild, which represents the reporters, photographers and digital producers at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California, are set to go on strike against parent company Gannett.
More than 600 leaders from news organizations, civic advocacy groups and philanthropies gathered in Miami in February with the common goal of shoring up journalism and civic information in the U.S. Hosted by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight Media Forum is an annual event that examines the intersection of journalism and charitable giving.
The Supreme Court cast doubt Monday on state laws that could affect how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users. The cases are among several this term in which the justices could set standards for free speech in the digital age.
On the average day, some 95 million pictures are posted on Instagram, along with 34 million videos on TikTok and hundreds of millions of tweets. Some go viral, most don’t. And some percentage — the numbers are unclear — are taken down for violating the content rules set by the platforms.
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In an era when local newsrooms are looking for creative ways to bring in revenue, The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, is putting its latest bet on a new high-end international travel program hosted by Editor-in-Chief Autumn Phillips.
An Ohio-based nonprofit organization is expanding journalism throughout the Buckeye State and engaging readers to help with public accountability. Like many nonprofit journalism startups across the U.S., Signal Ohio fills news coverage gaps vacated by for-profit newspapers and broadcast companies.
Today, with an almost overwhelming amount of information we must sift through on news sites, social media and third-party aggregation sites, like Apple and Google News, it’s nice to have information curated and summarized for us and delivered to our inboxes. That kind of sounds like a newspaper.
In this column for Editor & Publisher magazine, Michael Bugeja, a distinguished professor of journalism at Iowa State University, writes: "Journalists must stop worrying about impartiality when dealing with outright racist, sexist or autocratic comments and posts. And it is time to stop using the cliché 'dog whistle' and then searching for a source to interpret it.”
Design services are vital in the publishing industry. And one of the ways publishers are choosing to get their vital ads built and pages crafted is outsourcing the entire creative process. However it is crucial to evaluate first the advantages and disadvantages before deciding to outsource.
As media organizations across the country fold and news deserts grow, it remains to be seen who will tell the tough stories and ask difficult questions traditionally posed by journalists.
The Finger Lakes Times, a paper serving the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, is joining the list of newsrooms moving from print to digital.
AI is impacting the local news environment at a rapid speed. It's not just about content, it's also changing the way sales and operations will be run. Jeremy Gilbert, professor and Knight Chair in Digital Media Strategy at Medill, Northwestern University, will delve into the ways AI is transforming the landscape of local news media, from content creation to audience engagement. LEARN MORE here:
The FCC's Fourth Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, made public on Thursday, reinstates the collection of workforce composition data for radio and television broadcasters on FCC Form 395-B.
There’s no question that AI will impact jobs. But which jobs are more likely to be replaced by AI, and which are being replaced right now?
Mexico’s president on Friday defended his decision to disclose a reporter’s telephone number, saying a law that prohibits officials from releasing personal information doesn’t apply to him.
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A longtime investigative journalist, he wrote books and articles that documented a campaign of disinformation intended to sow doubt about global warming.

His New York Times scoop enraged the Nixon White House, which ordered a tap on his phone. He later won a Pulitzer Prize for The Boston Globe.
The mass shooting that turned Kansas City’s Super Bowl celebration into a tragedy Wednesday has taken the life of a local radio host.
Bob Edwards, the veteran broadcaster and longtime host of "Morning Edition" who left an indelible mark on NPR's sound, has died. He was 76 years old.
Will Lester, a longtime reporter and editor for The Associated Press who played a critical role in the news organization’s 2000 election-night decision not to call the presidential race, died Wednesday, Feb. 7. He was 71.
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Kurt Jackson, owner of long-time publishing systems supplier Software Consulting Services, LLC (SCS), announced the creation of a new start-up — SN1, LLC.

ProImage, an innovator in newspaper production technology, proudly announces the successful implementation of NewsWayX at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. This cutting-edge, cloud-based software has improved the newspaper's workflow, marking a significant transition from their previous Agfa/ECO3 Arkitex system.
Doorfront Direct, the nation’s largest independent magazine and catalog delivery network, marks its six-year anniversary this week.
On Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, ProImage received an urgent phone call from The Kingsport (Tennessee) Times-News, owned by Six Rivers Media, LLC. Ransomware had encrypted the entire Virtual SAN infrastructure. With the support of ProImage, a cloud workflow was quickly operational and the newspaper had no problem getting its pages processed and output through its CTP systems.
Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California, has selected imPRESSions Worldwide of Burlington, Washington, to oversee its Press Drive System retrofit across its GOSS Headliner Offset Presses.
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In 2023, Amsterdam News partnered with Column to streamline its legals. Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, the President and Chief Revenue Officer of Amsterdam News in New York, NY, highlighted three stand-out reasons why their choice to go with Column has paid off. The three most impactful payment features that Column offers are payment alerts, invoice reminders, and the option for prepayment. Read about the solutions.
The National Press Institute for Audience Growth (NPIAG) along with Kelly Robinson, CEO of RedDot announced today they have partnered with Julian Placino, a professional recruiting consultant, to offer an innovative, cost-effective method, known as the Placino Carrier Recruitment Method, to identify, interview, qualify and contract newspaper carriers for any size market.
On September 7th, 2023, a group of media leaders gathered online to present their views on the future of news publishing. You are invited to now join the Summit, via a recorded video for each presentation. And please feel free to comment and contribute by logging in below and offering your thoughts.
Local media are looking to sponsor participatory opportunities that are fun for local audiences and boost businesses' visibility. The Seattle Times is doing just that with its Best in the PNW (Pacific North West), which recognizes the best local businesses in various categories as voted by the public.