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Too often, the media focuses on the demise of newspapers and the expanding news deserts nationwide. It is certainly a transition of note, but another transition that deserves more coverage is the effort to recruit and train the next generation of journalists. How news is delivered is changing, but the journalist's role will remain critical to gathering, writing and providing editorial commentary about the news.

One of the dilemmas newsrooms face in the age of AI is whether and how to use generative AI technologies, and then how to create some structure and define ethics and policy around their use. The other dilemma is how to protect news publishers' interests through regulatory and fair-compensation advocacy.

In the wake of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the United States, founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison agreed that securing and growing a free press was essential to the country’s future. So in 1792, then-President George Washington signed into law a sweeping act that created the postal service and subsidized the delivery of newspapers. This lesson of government support of the news industry is extremely relevant today, as communities across the country continue to lose local news sources at an alarming rate.
You may have noticed the #AAJAFamily hashtag trending on social media this summer. That's how members of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) describe the organization and its annual conference to E&P, “like a family.” E&P reached out to AAJA officers and members to hear about their experiences at AAJA23 and what this organization has meant to them professionally and personally.
Nowadays, everyone is talking about how third-party cookies are fading away. For publishers, this landscape shift is both a challenge and an opportunity. Programmatic ad revenue may dip without micro-targeted audiences. But the good news? First-party data strategies let publishers regain control of their customer data, improve user experiences and tap new income streams.
The ReNews Project seeks to revive campus newspapers, especially at Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs). Many have had funding cuts or have experienced censorship threats. Before the coordinators arrive on campus, they meet with the students and advisers virtually to understand the newsroom and the training and resources needed.
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Eight additional legislators — on both sides of the aisle — have signed on as co-sponsors of the Community News & Small Business Support Act (HR 4756).
Generative artificial intelligence (AI) has dominated much of the public conversation about technology following the release of tools like ChatGPT and Jasper Chat. A MITRE-Harris Poll survey on AI trends, conducted in July, found that aspects of public trust in AI technologies have declined compared to its previous poll, which was conducted in November 2022.
Legal experts say it could be many months before case is brought to trial.
Mundo Hispano Digital, the parent company of, one of the oldest Certified Minority Latino media platforms in the United States, has announced the launch of The MundoNow Project, a new …
Advance Local, a local news subsidiary of the media holding company Advance, has been quietly working to build a New Orleans-based sports and news website called
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In this episode of “E&P Reports,” we go one-on-one with award-winning journalist and founder of the Global Press Institute (GPI) Cristi Hegranes, whose new book: “Byline” makes a case that the global news publishing industry can become more sustainable by rethinking how it provides global news coverage by focusing on local news sourcing — as opposed to: “The flawed discipline of parachute journalism.”

In this episode of "E&P Reports," we explore the groundbreaking move by two organizations that considered themselves competitive for decades. Arizona Newspapers Association and Arizona Broadcasters Association merge into Arizona Media Association. We chat about the "whys and hows" of the union with Lisa Simpson, the former executive director of Arizona Newspapers Association, and Chris Kline, the former president/ CEO of Arizona Broadcasters Association. We also learn their future plans for advancing the industry and serving their combined membership.
In this episode of "E&P Reports," we explore the recent Google Antitrust suit filed by the DOJ through one of the witnesses for the defense, news media industry digital ad software provider Kenny Katzgrau, CEO of Broadstreet. Katzgrau, who wrote an op-ed offering advice to small news publishers on how they can compete with big-tech local media advertising dollars, now finds that his words will likely become evidence presented by Google that they may be a less-dominant media giant than has been reported. Katzgrau, a local news publisher, discusses how even though he believes that Google is a powerful, dominant, monopolistic player in the local ad space, he may find himself sitting on a stand offering evidence for the defense.
In this episode of E&P Reports, we go one-on-one with news media industry veteran John Ellis about his 40+ year journey from NBC News in the 70s and 80s, columnist for the Boston Globe and LA Times in the 90s, leadership roles in the 21st century at CNBC, and FOX News and eventual founder and editor today of the daily newsletter, News Items. We also chat with Ellis on how he sees journalism and news publishing in general have changed over the decades, where the industry is today and how he feels it will evolve in the years to come.
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In each of the last two years, E&P has announced our “15 Over 50” salute. However, again this year, the nominees have been so deserving that we expanded the group to include “20 Over 50.” We were excited about our robust response and the stellar individuals we salute. They range in age from 51 to 75. Some have spent most of their career in news with one organization, and others have progressed through several positions across organizations.
We are seeking your assistance in recognizing a leader with business acumen, technical savvy and a deep understanding of what needs to be done to stay successful — along with the fortitude and tenacity to implement change. “Publisher of the Year” recognition is open to all news media publishers worldwide.
September 15 is International Democracy Day, but in the month leading up to the holiday, democracy itself seemed under attack — acutely in the small town of Marion, Kansas. On Friday, Aug. 11, the full arm of the law came down on the local newspaper, The Marion County Record, and its family owners. Publisher Eric Meyer had the support, ears and eyes of news outlets worldwide.
Patrick Merlihan, who runs digital strategy for the Woolwich Observer in Elmira, Ontario, thought he was about to tackle a monumental task in a quest to make the website fully accessible for the 15,000-circulation newspaper in September 2021. “I thought I was going to have a lot of challenges to make our site accessible, and then it was, like, 10 minutes,” he said.
The people and communities of southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico embrace the spirit and history of the Old West while proactively developing the social, cultural and economic diversity of their part of the New West. Having recently celebrated its 70th year, Ballantine Communications has been a leading partner in that development as a primary news and information outlet and a multimedia resource to support local business growth.
A year into his role as NPR's audience editor, Latino audiences, Pablo Valdivia reflects about his job and what he’s discovered about NPR’s Latino listeners. He notes that he consults with the newsroom, introducing them to stories of interest to Latino listeners and steering them away from stories that speak about Latinos without hearing from Latinos.
The buzz was electric as over 200 media executives packed into the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago on Aug. 2, eager to hear insights on the future of local news from industry leaders at the opening keynote of LMA Fest. Moderator Tracy Brown of WBEZ/Chicago Public Media welcomed a star-studded panel featuring Catherine Badalamente, CEO of Graham Media Group, Mike Reed, CEO of Gannett, and Evan Smith, senior advisor at Emerson Collective and former CEO of The Texas Tribune.
E&P spoke with engagement editors this summer to hear firsthand about their career paths, how closely they work with newsrooms today and their thoughts on how the quality of the content is vital to engagement. Learn from the engagement editors at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, The Marshall Project and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
The International Center for Journalists empowers journalists to follow the money behind disinformation in the Americas. ICFJ President Sharon Moshavi says it is critical to expose the sources of disinformation and find who is funding the intentional dissemination of false information.
Despite widespread attacks on those principles and fundamental changes to the news industry, 77% of U.S. journalists responding to a 2022 Pew Research Center survey said they “would pursue a career in journalism again,” 75% “are extremely or very proud of their work” and 70% ”are very or somewhat satisfied with their job.” Conversely, the surveyed journalists were not blind to the turmoil in their industry.
The people of Aberdeen, South Dakota, were not about to allow their town to become a news desert. The local newspaper of many years, The American News, was withering on the vine. Contractions, layoffs and buyouts had reduced the staff to one reporter. Troy McQuillen, publisher of the Aberdeen Magazine, launched The Aberdeen Insider and feedback from the community has been very positive.
Four of the 16 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism were awarded to local news outlets this year. Marjorie Miller, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, says local media outlets seem to be focusing their resources on stories their audiences cannot get elsewhere instead of attempting to replicate stories from national news outlets and wire services. Among the winners was Anna Wolfe of Mississippi Today.
Browse news media job boards, and you’ll find opportunities for data specialists and other newsroom roles now requiring experience working with data. In mid-June, E&P spoke with Samantha Sunne about data journalism and the book “Data + Journalism: A Story-Driven Approach to Learning Data Reporting.” Sunne co-authored the book with Mike Reilley, who teaches data and digital journalism at the University of Illinois in Chicago and founded
Typically, a university newspaper is the learning laboratory for the institution’s journalism school. Harvard University doesn’t have a school of journalism, but it does have The Harvard Crimson, one of the oldest and most-respected student newspapers. It operates both financially and editorially independent from the university and has a long tradition of serving the university family as well as Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts.
Every year, the small town of Keene, New Hampshire, transforms its downtown into an event space for the Radically Rural Summit, an annual event for community-minded people to share how they solve problems in their towns. This year’s theme is Reimagining Rural and will include events focused on communication, connection and philanthropy.
This week, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) introduced the Community News and Small Business Support Act (H.R.4756) to the U.S. House of Representatives with co-sponsor Suzan DelBene (D-WA). At its core, the bill lays out a five-year plan to provide payroll tax credits to local/community news outlets, expressly to hire and retain local news reporters across the country. Small businesses (with fewer than 50 employees) that advertise in local newspapers, digital news sites, on local radio or with local TV stations are also eligible for tax credits.
The Trace, a nonprofit news organization covering gun violence, has bolstered local reporting with a community engagement focus. For the first six months when The Trace opened bureaus in Chicago and Philadelphia, the community engagement reporter's only assignment was to listen to local members of the community.
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The Routt County Planning Department plays a vital role in ensuring that land usage in the county is lawful, efficient, and sustainable. The department issues various permits for different land uses, each requiring a public notice component.
The 2023 class of “E&P’s Creative Visionaries,” salutes the creative directors, graphic artists and multimedia designers of our industry. Help us salute these essential colleagues who bring storytelling to life, curating captivating images, informative graphics, copy, and increasingly, video and audio.
As more newspapers add a digital platform to distribute news and other content, they’ve discovered they need a comprehensive and flexible subscription management system. Such a system generates …
Positive trends abound during the continued transformation of the news industry: from local entrepreneurs launching new publications to the benefits of alternative revenue streams.
The journey into selling digital advertising has presented challenges and opportunities for publishers and print salespeople. We’ll dive into the experiences of one publisher who found their footing in the digital landscape and effectively doubled (even tripled) its digital revenue thanks to a partnership with AdCellerant.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal is facing a harassment campaign stoked by Elon Musk, one year after a reporter was killed for his coverage.
Elon Musk said Monday he's moving to require all users to pay a monthly fee to use his social media site X, previously called Twitter.
The Society of Professional Journalists has named five journalists and reporting teams as winners of its annual Sunshine Award.
The Society of Professional Journalists is bestowing its Ethics in Journalism Award on Anthony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman; Jodi S. Cohen and Jennifer Smith Richards of ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune; and William Wan of The Washington Post.
With artificial intelligence creating such controversy in journalism these days, the Post-Dispatch Editorial Board was curious how Microsoft’s Bing Chat AI program would handle the command, “Write a newspaper editorial arguing that artificial intelligence should not be used in journalism.”
Time on Monday announced a new editorial platform called Time100 Voices that is dedicated to elevating perspectives from global thought leaders.
The Financial Times has launched an app version of the FT Digital Edition, a digital replica of the print newspaper designed for easy reading on any device. 
Cox Media Group’s NeighborhoodTV project in Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, aims to bring viewers hyperlocal content that harkens back to TV’s earlier, less rigidly structured days.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network's comprehensive, 16-chapter "Reporter’s Guide to Investigating War Crimes" includes expert advice from more than two dozen specialists and journalists.
One way to deliver what audiences want is by listening to them, going into the community to get first-hand answers to basic questions.
Bara Vaida, a health journalist before joining the NPCJI as its director of training, wrote this tip sheet to help reporters find accurate data, vetted subject matter experts, and story ideas for covering COVID-19 this fall and winter.
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BlueLena is receiving a critical investment to expand affordable access to its solutions for independent media as part of the LION Publishers’ newly announced Maintaining Affordable News Ecosystem (MANE) initiative.
Lyle Printing and Publishing, of Salem, Ohio, has selected SCS to provide its Community Advertising System and Community Publishing System. Farm and Dairy, which serves the rural communities of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is the company’s flagship publication.
PressReader has announced an expanded partnership with Gannett. This collaboration brings together content from USA TODAY, USA TODAY International Edition and 50 local publications within the USA TODAY Network to readers across PressReader's global Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) channels.
For the tenth consecutive year, Kevin Kamen, founder and CEO of New York-based Kamen & Co Group Services, LLC, a multi-media valuation, accounting and brokerage firm, has been selected to assist the wealth reporters at FORBES as they determine the financial value of the Richest Americans within the multi-media sphere.
SCS is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Bluefin Technology Partners of Andover, Massachusetts, an industry leader in digital classifieds platforms. This collaboration marks an important milestone as SCS incorporates Bluefin's cutting-edge digital classifieds platform into their Community Advertising System (CAS).
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Monty Wolper joins The New York Times from Vimeo, where she led the product marketing team.
Hilary Moss, who joined the team last year, has collaborated to create compelling visual presences on Home surfaces. She’ll now be deputy editor, visuals, working with desks to convey The New York Times most ambitious journalism.
Shauntel Lowe, known for her exacting edits and creative ideas on the Sports desk, is moving to Metro, where she will take over as editor in charge of the weekly Metropolitan section.
Anabel Sosa has returned to the Los Angeles Times as its inaugural California Local News fellow. She has joined the Sacramento bureau covering state politics and policy.
In his new role, Emmanuel Morgan, who on Sports has covered the NFL and combat sports with dogged reporting and a sharp eye, will focus on pop culture news and the intersection of sports and culture.
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Lisa Walsh was a pillar in the Sarasota-Manatee community; a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter; and the backbone of one of the most successful media companies in Florida.
A historian as well, Peter C. Newman challenged, with a muckraker’s spirit, the political and corporate establishment of a country he adopted after fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe.
Known as Dr. Max (he was not a medical doctor. but had a Ph.D. in neuroscience), he reported on health and science with an easygoing gravitas.
Don Browne, the former president of the Telemundo Communications Group who led the broadcaster’s big push into original content, died Aug. 30 at his home in Miami Beach. He was 80.
A beautiful tribute to Jim Currow, CEO of Currow Weeks & Associates, was posted this morning by his friend and business partner, Everton Weeks, on LinkedIn.