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Staffing issues remain top of mind among newspaper operations managers, says Wayne Pelland, senior vice president of operations at Gannett and president of the International Newspaper Group. The number two issue is the rising costs and availability of raw materials. Those challenges and others will get attention as the group returns to live events post COVID lockdowns.
Alan Miller is on a mission to save democracy — a mission that led to the founding of the News Literacy Project, a non-profit organization that empowers students to become savvy media consumers. Through the NLP, Miller wants to encourage students to learn how to deal with the deluge of information coming their way from their devices and the world.
In an era of rampant misinformation, journalists tend to focus on the bad players, like social media companies that care more about their bottom line than the wrong information that washes over their platforms. But we tend to do a lousy job at focusing on our own biases, which can unintentionally lead us to misrepresent facts, provide incorrect or incomplete reporting, and create the perception of misinformation we’re all trying so hard to combat.
In newsrooms across the country, editors bear heavy responsibilities — leading the newsroom, determining what stories should be told and who is best positioned to tell them, challenging assertions, developing talent, elevating journalism — all while maintaining an unwavering commitment to the public’s interest. Their names may not always be as familiar as bylined reporters or celebrated columnists, but their insight, experience and leadership are indispensable. We hope you enjoy meeting this exemplary group of E&P’s 2022 Editors Extraordinaire.
Advertising, events, sponsorships, newsletters and paywalls are critical revenue streams for news media. Although not entirely new, philanthropy as a revenue stream is quickly becoming a welcomed funding source for both nonprofit and for-profit news operations.
Ben August is a serial entrepreneur whose experiences led him to take on the mantle of labor injustice and buy The Chief, a weekly newspaper serving as “A Voice for Workers.” He launched a redesign of the New York City-based publication about six months into his role as its owner and publisher.
The Post is making a significant investment in telling the story of America in this precarious moment when democracy itself seems under assault. The Democracy Team will utilize state-based reporters to collaborate with national journalists to cover elections, voting rights and other facets of American democracy
“The Great Resignation” created a job market so competitive that candidates are interviewing companies with the same if not more scrutiny than hiring managers. Give yourself and your newsroom an advantage by making the interview process inviting, inclusive and full of opportunities for candidates to shine.
Dozens of surveys have confirmed a lack of trust in the media among middle-aged and older people. When SKEMA PUBLIKA, the think tank of SKEMA Business School, surveyed media posts from 2.8 million people ages 18-24 on five continents, they came to a surprising conclusion — young people also share a deep, widespread distrust in traditional media on a global scale.
Propaganda abounds, and now it’s easier than ever to create and digitally distribute propaganda, like deep-fake videos — or “deepfakes,” as they’re sometimes called. E&P reached out to Facebook and Twitter to learn how big of a problem deepfakes are on their platforms and what they’re doing to detect them and squash them when they’re used as propaganda, disinformation or to harass.
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This locally focused analysis shows that many of the trends apparent in the overall newspaper industry hold true for local U.S. newspapers as well.
“Having readers who read more often is 10 times more important than having them read more articles,” says Medill Spiegel Research Center Research Director Edward Malthouse, Erastus Otis Haven Professor of Integrated Marketing Communications, who oversaw the first-of-its-kind analysis using anonymized data from the Midwestern business publication.
Russia's foreign ministry said on Thursday that reporters from Western countries will be expelled from Russia if YouTube (GOOGL.O) blocks access to its spokeswoman's briefings.
The Federal Trade Commission has fined Twitter $150 million over allegations that it misled users by asking for their phone numbers and email addresses for security purposes, but then drew on the information for ad targeting.
At least 50 journalists have filed First Amendment lawsuits against law enforcement following their arrests or assaults while covering the nationwide protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.
The Local Journalism Initiative of Delaware recently announced the launch of its new Delaware Journalism Collaborative, a statewide partnership of local news organizations and community groups that are committed to working together to improve access to high-quality local news and information.
Following the expansion, DC News Now will provide more than 67 hours of local news programming every week, covering more communities than any other local broadcaster serving Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
While the inclusion of ghosts was a joke, BuzzFeed News Union chair Addy Baird said it was important that the union include in its contract protections that might seem “ridiculous on paper.”
Thirty-four press freedom and human rights groups are calling for an immediate and independent investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11.
The Local Media Consortium released its second annual member economic impact report, which quantifies how its strength-in-numbers business model helps local newspapers, broadcasters and online outlets maximize digital cost savings and increase revenue for long-term sustainability through strategic partnerships with digital platforms and service providers.
A Maryland man is accused of throwing a flagpole and a smoke grenade at police and assaulting an Associated Press photographer during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to court documents released Tuesday.
In this series, The New York Times conducted hundreds of interviews on several continents with a broad range of people, including coffee farmers, former ambassadors and political leaders.
A 2019 investigation by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News prompted this week’s massive disclosure about church leaders implicated in sex abuse cases.
Texas’ largest newspapers demanded more than thoughts and prayers on Tuesday, just hours after a gunman massacred 21 people at an elementary school, including 19 children.
Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news outlet that covers education at the local level, has raised $3.1 million to permanently launch a separate newsroom called Votebeat that will be dedicated to covering voting at the local level.
State-backed broadcast has strategic and practical justifications but some see it as dangerous monopoly.
Gannett is seeking charitable donations to cover the salary of the local government reporter at the Reno Gazette Journal, one of its dailies. According to executive editor Brian Duggan, the paper is trying to raise $100,000 over the next two years so that it can keep paying Mark Robison.
The news comes just months after Outside magazine editorial staff decided to pause their union drive.
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The Argus-Press in Owosso, Michigan, replaced its local workflow with the cloud-based ProImage NewsWayX production workflow to enjoy the cloud-based solution's speed and flexibility.
Families often lived in multiple places, posing an challenge when placing obituaries. So AdPortal Obituaries from iPublish Media Solutions now allows funeral homes and soon private parties to publish an obituary to any additional newspaper in the Memoriams network, including 3300 plus newspapers, without double entry.
Doorfront Direct, the nation’s largest magazine and catalog delivery network, announced this week that Lee Enterprises, the leading provider of news and information in 77 U.S. markets, has launched weekly magazine delivery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with plans for other markets under way.
Help us recognize the heart and soul of our industry, the leaders who help us produce quality products each day while keeping an eye on our bottom lines! Nominate a colleague today so we can salute them and share their ideas to the global news publishing industry, in our 2022 class of "Operations All-Stars!" Don't wait because we'll be featuring "All-Stars" each month!
Formed 40 years ago, the PAGE Cooperative has served generations of newspaper leadership and is noting a rising interest in new membership. PAGE bands members together with a common objective of controlling costs but with additional benefits of best practices, advisory and intervention during shortages.
Stacker’s newsroom tackles data-rich topics to produce and distribute stories to their news network, built on a partnership model similar to how local news organizations work with AP and Reuters for wire content. They invest dozens of hours in data projects so that they can be shared as stories and data assets for journalists and Stacker partners, allowing newsrooms of all sizes to tap into data reporting for their area.
A recent Editor & Publisher sponsored webinar explored four demographic shifts that will impact the obituary market, and covered recommendations of what newspapers can do to secure the future for their most important local content.
Over 40 years ago an invoice that accidently landed on the wrong desk, sparked an initiative to band the newspaper industry together.  That invoice was addressed to a large newspaper chain but was received by a publisher at an independent paper.  When he saw the difference in pricing from the same supplier, the idea was born to form a purchasing cooperative for newspapers.
Newspeople
Opinion welcomes Jeremy Ashkenas as the new director of Opinion graphics.
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s time at the company has come to an end. Dorsey stepped down from Twitter’s board of directors Wednesday, a change that’s effective as of the company’s shareholders meeting.
As a former reporter, editor and district manager for circulation, David Hall says, he’s held almost every job in the newspaper industry. With his new position as The Daily Times’ circulation director, Hall plans to use those experiences to help strengthen relationships with customers and engage the public with the paper.
Caroline O'Donovan will join The Washington Post’s tech team, effective May 31, to cover Amazon and Microsoft.
Forbes has announced that Kyle Vinansky has been promoted to SVP of sales, North America. Vinansky will now oversee all North American sales operations — including the U.S. and Canada.
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Rebecca Tan will become The Washington Post's Southeast Asia bureau chief, responsible for covering a rapidly changing swath of the world that stretches from the Philippines to Bangladesh.
Peter Finn will become senior editor for international investigations, a new leadership position aimed at elevating The Washington Post's ability to produce distinctive and consequential international journalism.
Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has officially landed at MSNBC, where she is expected to make appearances on the network’s cable and streaming programs as well as host a new original show.
Effective May 30, managing editor Bruce Siwy will become an investigative reporter for the USA Today Network's Pennsylvania state capital bureau.
After 33 years here at Tucson Weekly, it’s time to move on to new adventures.
Industry Obits
David Meadows, general manager of the Jefferson City News Tribune in Missouri died May 11 at the age of 58.
In elegantly winding articles for The New Yorker loaded with inventive imagery, he wrote more like a fan than a sports journalist.
Ron Martin, a former longtime editor of the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution who oversaw the merger of those newspapers after he edited USA Today, died Saturday, May 14, according to his family.
Richard Wald, a longtime journalist who helped build ABC News into a powerhouse following a career in newspapers, has died. He was 92.
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