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2023 will belong to the optimist who sees opportunity everywhere

2023 will belong to the optimist, the engineers and the can-do spirit. Cynicism and doubt only leave bitter tastes and bleak futures, and if you stay there, you may be unable to recoup. The second half of 2022 was tumultuous and left too many highly talented individuals unemployed on both the content and revenue side of media. Therefore, do whatever possible to stop this cycle and not take the losses and learnings from last year in vain.

The JTI, making it easier to recognize trustworthy journalism

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.
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Print is far from obsolete

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.
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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.

The Bucks County Herald: A story of survival, moving from family to foundation-owned

In this 171st episode of E&P Reports, we reveal the story of the re-birth of suburban Philly weekly, The Bucks County Herald, which rose from the ashes of the global pandemic through a transformation from a family-owned to a non-profit foundation-run local news enterprise. E&P Publisher Mike Blinder question Bridget Wingert, founding editor, and her son Joe Winegert, publisher, on how they formed the new entity, what the community support is like and is this business model one that others can easily replicate.

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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.
I’ll give you some business advice you probably don’t get a lot: Stop. Stop already! Your business is trying to do too much at once; you’re trying to do too much. Stopping is often viewed as a failure or, at the very least, a lack of success. But “not winning right this second” and “losing” are very different things. But how do you tell what’s worth your time?
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.
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.
Every generation seems to have a way of seeing the one that follows as being different from their own. Now, as Gen Z (people born between 1997 and 2015) comes on the scene, it will be fascinating to observe how they'll find and engage with news content, which platforms and types of content will resonate with them, whether they’re willing to fund quality newsgathering, and how Gen Z journalists will themselves influence the news profession.
Are you afraid of the perception of others or have some irrational fear of ineptness? Perhaps you’re intimidated or worried that you won’t be able to relate to or have honest conversations with someone who doesn’t look, sound or think as you do. If so, please know that it's simply an illusion. Competency, ambition, hard work, instinct and ability aren’t tethered to gender, ethnicity, age or cultural background.
This year's Sales Superstars stand out in their ability to stand up against the challenging times newspapers face today. They stay focused and get the job done for their customers, their communities and the companies they represent. Our list of 16 individuals spans the age range, years of experience and small to large markets. Their words ring with wisdom born in the trenches. With extreme appreciation and celebration, we introduce E&P’s 2023 Sales Superstars.
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Television networks chose to air footage of the beating of Tyre Nichols by police and of a hammer attack on Paul Pelosi, but with copious warnings.
Newspaper owner and editor Parry Teasdale has agreed to sell The Columbia Paper, a weekly in the town of Ghent, New York, and the news website www.columbiapaper.com to Capital Region Independent Media, LLC for an undisclosed amount. Capital Region is headed by Mark Vinciguerra, a veteran media executive.
One of the suspects was arrested with a loaded machine gun and black ski mask last year shortly after he was spotted prowling outside the Brooklyn home of an Iranian activist.
The News/Media Alliance today announced its search for a new president and CEO to lead the nonprofit trade association that represents approximately 2,000 news and magazine media companies in the United States and Canada.
On the heels of NBCU Academy’s second anniversary, Cesar Conde, NBCUniversal News Group chairman, has announced that NBCU Academy had increased its membership by 50 percent, with 15 new schools joining the 30 colleges and universities that have been part of the award-winning program.
Technology has changed but the law hasn’t. Senator Obenshain and Delegate Hope are pushing legislation that would allow government legal notices to be posted online.
A new collaborative venture is going global, inviting English and Spanish media partners to join a network of trusted outlets and share human interest stories with new audiences.
The Journalist's Resource highlights academic research to help journalists explain why school districts' responses to the national substitute teacher shortage could have long-term consequences for students — especially kids in low-income communities.
“Violation” will examine the twists and turns around a 1980s homicide.
Florida’s Republican lawmakers hate the daily newspapers and for 25 years have sought to end laws requiring public notices in newspapers. Their answer: Let government control public notice. Ha!
An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., on Thursday found that Pittsburgh Post-Gazette management had bargained in bad faith since 2019 with the union representing newsroom employees.
The new rules will greatly limit the public release of lawmakers’ communications.
America's Newspapers and the News/Media Alliance want to spotlight the best examples of innovation among newspapers at this year's Mega-Conference.  All newspaper members of America's Newspapers and the News/Media Alliance are encouraged to submit their best examples of innovation for consideration in this year's competition for the Mega-Innovation Award.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal argued unsuccessfully that federal law bars police from looking at a journalist's news-gathering material.
AfroLA is making data-informed decisions to meet audiences where they are.
When The New York Times launched its flagship TikTok this week, on January 24, it started with hard news, featuring Brandon Tsay, the 26-year-old who disarmed a gunman at a dance hall in Alhambra, California.
Twitter announced a beta program earlier this week for companies that want to run advertisements on the platform.
DirecTV has dropped Newsmax, a right-wing TV network, from its channel lineup over a carriage fee dispute.
BuzzFeed said Thursday that it will work with ChatGPT creator OpenAI to use artificial intelligence to help create content for its audience, marking a milestone in how media companies implement the new technology into their businesses.
The video will certainly be graphic. Journalists should be prepared to explain why they chose to show or withhold it.
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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Deborah Douglas will lead efforts to provide training in solutions journalism.
Poynter continues to expand its teaching capacity to help journalists innovate and evolve.
Award-winning investigative journalist Jennifer Gollan is joining The San Francisco Chronicle newsroom next month.
Emily Cochrane will cover one of the National desk’s newsiest regions, the South. Campbell Robertson is the new Mid-Atlantic bureau chief.
Valley native Brianna Vaccari and multilingual international reporter Nancy Moya will launch beats on government accountability and community issues.
A recent conference from the National Press Foundation, Radio Television Digital News Directors Association and Arnold Ventures offered journalistic paths out of conventional — and damaging — TV news crime coverage conventions. All newsrooms would do well to check in with the ideas raised there.
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Holden Foreman, The Post’s first accessibility engineer, shares insight on his new role.
Former Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-New York) is joining CNN as an on-air political commentator.
Geoff Duncan, former lieutenant governor of Georgia, is joining CNN as an on-air political commentator focusing on national politics.
Jen Poyant is joining The New York Times as an executive producer of newsroom shows.
An award-winning freelance journalist since 2012, Caterina Clerici joins The New York Times as Video’s new production manager.
Industry Obits
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.
He was managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine and a top editor at Politico before overseeing The New York Times’ popular political newsletter.
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