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The world is a crazy place and, at times, seems to be spinning out of control. And then there are the dire predictions about our industry — the decline of newsrooms, the death of print and dwindling trust in media. You can say what you will about the decline in newsrooms and the death of print, but as long as there are people like the 250 Report for America corps members and the newsrooms that host them on our side, we can still win the battle.
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If you’re reading this and your organization is still standing — congratulations! The worst of the pandemic, physically speaking, is behind you, and you’ve managed to navigate an unforeseeable global crisis for over two years. And your reward is an oncoming recession.
CherryRoad Media CEO and founder Jeremy Gulban started his business with specific goals and values in mind but without a specific set of plans. He wanted his technology company to support local journalism, and a huge opportunity gave him that chance. Today, CherryRoad Media owns 64 newspapers in 10 states.
Today, some 300 Report for America corps member journalists are working in more than 200 newsrooms (newspapers, radio, digital-only and TV) across the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. The goal is to field 1,000 journalists within the next few years to reverse the trend of newsrooms closing or reducing their coverage.
The Border Belt Independent is fulfilling a two-fold mission to serve both readers and newspapers in four of North Carolina’s most impoverished counties. The publication provides in-depth reporting to local newspapers in its rural coverage area. “Their reporters are going from meeting to meeting and might hear something, but they don’t have three or four days to check that out,” said BBI President Les High. “So that’s what we do.”
BLCK Press is a collaborative newsroom dedicated to cultivating talented, diverse voices in the media industry. The publication works with ambitious journalists of color to challenge the status quo and give communities of color a platform to be heard. “We see ourselves as a bridge for young journalists of color to be welcomed into a culture where they can learn and grow and gain hands-on experience,” said Georgia Fort, the founder of BLCK Press.
A degree in journalism might take the aspiring journalist far, but it’s a lifelong passion for journalism that led Francesca Chambers to recently be named White House correspondent by Gannett for USA TODAY. She shared the roots of that passion in a late-May 2022 webinar with Mike Blinder, host of E&P Reports and publisher of Editor & Publisher.
Although sponsored content and its sister format, branded content, are by definition marketing tactics, when they deliver important information, people engage with it gladly. News publishers have traditionally provided the essential part of that information: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. Now they have the opportunity to provide the part today’s consumers and readers also want — lifestyle content about home life, fashion, food, pets, travel and thousands of other topics.
The timeless pursuit of contracting experts to give new insights is a fairly standard practice in the business world. And whether it’s a consultant, a subject matter expert or anyone else, it’s vital in these situations to think of why you brought someone in to look at the situation and give their assessment. And, once you have someone you’re confident can help you, you have to listen to them!
Small weekly and rural newspapers were already struggling before the pandemic. Many had to close family-operated, decades-old publications, creating news deserts. Once the pandemic hit, more of these newspapers closed — just when residents needed important information about how local government and community organizations were responding to the pandemic. Addressing this crisis and finding a solution have come from what some might consider an unlikely source — academia.
News is a stressful job — certainly for reporters and editors, but these days, also for anyone who works in the news business. There are formidable stressors associated with doing this work that weigh heavy and can potentially impact your staff's mental health and ability to manage it. Here are some resources to help your journalists strike a healthy work-life balance, recover from burnout — or better yet, prevent it.
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The jury reached a decision on punitive damages, a day after awarding more than $4 million in compensatory damages to the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook shooting, which Alex Jones has called a hoax.
A Texas jury now has to decide whether Alex Jones will have to pay punitive damages to the parents of Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis.
Twitter denied in a court filing that it had deprived its would-be acquirer, billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, of necessary information or misrepresented details about its business.
My RJI Fellowship project is to build a Slack-based tool to help you improve the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) of your news content.
Gannett reported Thursday that it would undertake a “significant cost reduction program” amid a challenging economic backdrop marred by soaring inflation rates, labor shortages and price-sensitive consumers.
Musk’s counterclaims were filed confidentially last week and unsealed in a filing late Thursday at the Delaware Chancery Court, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Facebook owner Meta is quietly curtailing some of the safeguards designed to thwart voting misinformation or foreign interference in U.S. elections as the November midterm vote approaches.
The Law & Justice Journalism Project will provide journalists with tools, skills and resources to improve their coverage of crime, public safety and the United States legal system.
The company also said it would launch, next summer, a combined paid service that would reach 130 million subscribers by 2025.
On Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 10:45 a.m. EDT, The Washington Post will unveil a #BringAustinHome banner on the exterior of The Post’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and host a photo opportunity.
Thousands of journalists in several countries of Latin America have discovered that, sometimes overnight, doing their work well has become illegal.
The trial will now enter a second phase, in which the jury will consider evidence of Mr. Jones’ net worth to determine how much, if anything, to award in punitive damages.
The cross-disciplinary study, conducted by researchers in the fields of communications, computer science and economics, set out to understand where TV news consumption fits into the question of American news consumption and partisanship.
Tucked up in New Hampshire along the state line with Vermont, readers of the Valley News are embracing philanthropic support for local news.
GIJN asked a diverse group of nine investigative reporters to share one memorable misstep they’ve made in an investigative project, and the key lesson they learned.
Thomson Reuters Corp. journalists in the U.S. launched a daylong strike Thursday, the first walkout in decades among the media company’s long-unionized staff.
At a time when newsrooms in the United States are seeing a wave of unionization, around one-in-six U.S. journalists at news organizations report being in a union and many more say they would join one if it were available to them, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
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Site Impact is joining forces with California-based Mendez Media Marketing agency and reporting software, Databyrd, to become one of the country’s leading digital media and multi-channel solutions companies.
iPublish Media Solutions and The Gleaner Company announce a partnership to provide newspapers throughout the Caribbean with a self-service classified solution and digital marketplace.
Tower Products, Inc., the leading manufacturer of environmentally sensitive pressroom chemistry for the graphic arts industry, will be exhibiting its full line of pressroom products for the flexographic and offset industry at LabelExpo Americas 2022.
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.
Announcing the 2022 inaugural class of “E&P’s Creative Visionaries,” our salute to the creative directors, graphic artists and multimedia designers. They bring storytelling to life, curating captivating images, informative graphics, copy, and increasingly, video and audio. Their talents for communicating the news in visually intriguing but effective ways are integral to a news organization’s success today.
Matt Boggie is the Chief Technology & Product Officer at The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is very clear about the role that Roxen's Editorial Portal plays for the development of the newspaper.
How much could your newspaper make in new revenue from selling quality articles to an international audience? $30,000 to $80,000 per 1,000 articles, according to Axel Breuer, CEO of Berlin-based startup Journexx, the first international publishers-only content marketplace, Co-founded by Breuer, Andrej Becker, CPO; Felix Seeberg, CTO; and Franko Melisch, COO.
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Preeti Shroff-Mehta to join Medill faculty this fall.
Nick Mourtoupalas is joining the Graphics team as a graphics reporter.
As of this week, Brian Carlton takes over as regional editor of The Charlotte Gazette, The Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch and The Farmville Herald.
When Mille Lacs Messenger editor Traci LeBrun resigned in mid-November 2021, Adams Publishing Group, the owners of the paper (in Isle, Minnesota), were hopeful of finding a new editor as soon as possible.
Vincent Nguyen will copy edit and design pages. Eric Licas will cover public safety and courts for the Orange County-based newsroom.
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Yasmeen Abutaleb is moving into a new role as a White House reporter, joining The Washington Post's team covering President Biden and his administration.
After a successful two-month experiment last year, The Home You Own will officially launch this fall as a service-oriented, vibrant line of coverage aimed at empowering readers to make smart decisions about the way they live in their spaces.
White House reporter Zeke Miller has been named White House correspondent for The Associated Press.
Jennifer Moates, an experienced journalist with a strong background in small town newspapers, has been named regional publisher at the Palatka Daily News in Palatka, Florida.
Nunzio Ingrassia most recently was a copy editor on the universal desk at the Athletic, handling many long-form stories.
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WFLA Chief Photojournalist Paul Lamison passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 3, after suffering a heart attack. He was just 57 years old. He leaves behind a wife, daughters and several siblings.
William H. “Bill” Howe, publisher emeritus of the (Prairie du Chien) Courier Press and 2018 inductee to the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame, died Friday, July 22, at the age of 99.
Bill Donovan, a prolific journalist who covered the Navajo Nation for five decades at newspapers in New Mexico and Arizona, has died. He was 76.
Jerry Ceppos, a distinguished editor and educator, died Friday following an illness. He was 75.
As an independent public radio producer for decades, he revived the Bob & Ray comedy team for a new generation of fans and hosted a nationally syndicated series of discussions about politics.
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