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Paper chase. It’s been a tough go in recent years for those in charge of newsprint supply at our nation’s newspapers. Are things settling down?

Relief may be at hand for newspaper operations dogged by newsprint supply chain snarls and the rising costs of the paper over the past three years. Newspapers should expect significant changes in the market by early 2023 along with downward pressure on prices, according to Derek Mahlburg, director of North American paper and packaging analysis for Fastmarkets, an information provider for the forest products industry that newspaper operations pros turn to for data.
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Rethinking Twitter in a time of chaos

For more than two-thirds of journalists in the U.S., Twitter is their go-to social media site for work. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, journalists use Twitter more often than Facebook, and they use it more than Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube combined. Thanks to Elon Musk’s chaotic takeover of the popular social media site, that relationship is suddenly in jeopardy.
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“Politics is in my blood,” Reid Wilson told E&P. After an accomplished career as a journalist, working for titles like The Washington Post, The Hill and National Journal’s The Hotline, Wilson founded Pluribus News in October. Building on his experiences covering state politics and policy, Wilson’s ambition is to expertly cover all 50 statehouses with a website, e-newsletters and branded events.
This year’s EPPY Awards received more than 400 entries. Winners were selected from an international list of nominations to honor the best in digital media across more than 40 diverse categories.
After a nearly three-year COVID-related hiatus, newspaper industry executives gathered at the Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island, for an International Newspaper Group conference, Sept. 17-19. The conference provided a snapshot of the innovations, challenges and general state of newspaper operations in North America. Here are five takeaways from the event.
Reporting on prisons in the United States can be challenging and often frustrating for even the most respected publications and seasoned journalists. It can't be approached like any other beat. The good news is that organizations are penetrating the confusing, dense veil of prison policies and prison life. And, they’re supporting prisoners who dare to write as incarcerated journalists and sharing tips with editors and journalists on the outside who want to report on prisons.
The term “objectivity” is itself subjective. If you were to poll the public about their desire and demand for “objective” journalism, many might opine that reporters should stick to the “who, what, when, where and why” model — sans the “why” part. But the “why” is, after all, the essential context of the story, and without it, the public is less informed and not as inclined to read the bare-bones carcass of the story that remains. Of course, contemporary conversations about objectivity and fairness in reporting are much more nuanced and complex.
In the early days of the internet, a few early adopters were starting careers in the news industry and seeing opportunities in digital that their bosses did not fully understand. Today, digital pioneers have become the bosses. Those ahead of the digital movement — like Conan Gallaty, Lisa DeSisto, Grant Moise and Robert Granfeldt — saw their careers take shape in ways they never expected.
Louie Mullen owns over 30 weekly newspapers in small towns across seven states. “Every newspaper is run as an individual. It is a representation of that community. It’s more of an old-school style of running newspapers,” said Mullen, who is buying community newspapers across the country. And, his ownership style is hands-off.
Gaps in news coverage are spreading across the country. But even with this challenge, newsrooms are finding resources and innovative ways to save or even revive their storytelling capabilities. One example is partnerships between universities and media companies. This trend is especially prevalent in local newspapers, which are facing increasing newsroom layoffs as they struggle to survive.
Ryan Sorrell and his team at The Kansas City Defender rely on two methods to reach young people. First, they know that each social media platform has a different ethos, so they personalize content for each brand. Second, they have a broad content mix, blending hard news and culture stories with headlines such as “10 Best Black-Owned Restaurants.”
A report published by the Center for Media Engagement in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin shows how journalists can connect with stigmatized communities by using person-centered language. Caroline Murray, a senior research associate at the school and one of the authors, says this research is important because it demonstrates how journalists can better connect with the communities they cover.
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More than 50 media and community organizations have formed the citywide Every Voice, Every Vote coalition to put Philadelphia voters and key issues at the center of the elections for mayor and city council .
Facebook threatened to block news in the U.S. over the measure, which was under consideration as part of a defense package.
On Dec. 1, Steve and Cynthia Haynes sold Nor’West Publishing/Haynes Newspapers, 42 years to the day after they purchased their first newspaper.
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The Asian American Journalists Association found that in the top 20 markets, 24% of stations do not have any AAPI reporters on air.
BuzzFeed on Tuesday announced plans to cut its workforce by nearly 12%, or around 180 staffers.
The addition of federal IDs enhances data collaboration with external sources and provides an added layer of police accountability. The database has logged an overall upward trend in police shootings since 2015.
It's the first time ever that all of the paper’s real estate has been taken over by a single advertiser.
Influential and powerful users on Facebook and Instagram receive “unequal treatment,” an internal report said.
The Beige Book offers a high-level glimpse of current economic sentiment across the bank’s 12 districts. In this article, you'll find story ideas from the final edition for 2022, including rural health care woes in Mississippi and high-end office perks in Richmond.
In response to Meta’s statement on Monday that it would consider removing news from Facebook if the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act — a bill that would require the dominant tech platforms to fairly compensate news publishers for use of their content — is passed in the U.S., the News/Media Alliance issued this statement ...
The Burlington (Iowa) Hawk Eye has been acquired by family-owned Burlington Multimedia, LLC, an affiliate company of Community Media Group headquartered in West Frankfort, Illinois. The paper had been owned by Gannett Co., Inc.
The Fox Corp chairman is the highest-profile individual to be questioned in the case, which hinges on Fox’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election.
Palmy Nomanderson, a palm tree who is an award-winning journalist from Jamaica, is the anchor of “Head-lines,” a news show for children that’s run by puppets. The Los Angeles Times and the Bob Baker Marionette Theater partnered up to produce the four-episode video series focused on mental health concepts.
The Local Media Consortium, a strategic alliance of local media companies, has announced the launch of its Digital On Demand Services (DODS) program to provide local media companies with broader, lower cost access to strategic consultants, developers and technical resources to help accelerate digital growth. 
Latvia has revoked the license of an independent Russian TV channel exiled in the Baltic country for, among other things, voicing support for the Russian military and including Crimea in its map of Russia, media authorities said on Tuesday.
News channel Al Jazeera on Tuesday formally asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the fatal shooting of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as she was reporting from a Palestinian refugee camp in May.
Given the long history of newspaper-postal service interaction, you might think the formula for success would be well understood. In fact, nothing about working with the postal service is simple, according to Tonda Rush, general counsel of the National Newspaper Association and one of the industry’s leading experts on mail delivery.
FBI Director Chris Wray is raising national security concerns about TikTok, warning Friday that control of the popular video sharing app is in the hands of a Chinese government “that doesn’t share our values.”
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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Meredith Peachey has joined the newsroom staff at The Daily News in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, bringing 13+ years print journalism and other writing-related experience with her.
Robert Draper, who has been a contributing writer at the magazine since 2009, will be coming on board as a staff writer.
A.J. Etherington has joined the staff of the Rapid City (South Dakota) Journal as editor.
Vital City, the new journal and website dedicated to leading a provocative, civil conversation on public safety and civic well-being in New York City, has announced the addition of Josh Greenman as its managing editor.
Steve Turnham has been promoted to Washington Bureau chief, while Ethan Nelson is named head of Court TV prior to Jan. 1 launch.
Bea Malsky joins The New York Times as a graphics/multimedia editor on the Weather Data Team to help gather, maintain and build systems for handling real-time and historic meteorological data for coverage of day-to-day weather and extreme weather events.
Daniel Berehulak and Kenny Holston are joining The New York Times as staff photographer correspondents.
Kyle Melnick, Praveena Somasundaram and Daniel Wu are joining Morning Mix as staff writers.
Vivian Giang joins the Business desk as an editor working on stories and live coverage.
The New York Times has announced three new appointments in Opinion Audio.
Dawn Cai is moving to Seoul as a senior editor, and Lauren Leatherby is moving to London as a visual reporter.
Industry Obits
Bruce Christensen, who led PBS from the mid-1980s to the early ’90s amid attacks on public TV for airing controversial documentaries, died Friday, Nov. 18, at his home in Orem, Utah. He was 79.
A memorial service for Stephen F. Bentley, former co-publisher of The Lawton (Oklahoma) Constitution, will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
He composed many of George W. Bush’s signature addresses, and later, as a writer for The Washington Post, took a stand against Donald J. Trump.
Fred Hickman, a pioneering sports broadcaster and anchor who helped to launch two major cable networks and influenced and informed a generation of sports journalists and fans, has died.
Gary Martin, the Washington bureau chief for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has died.
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