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Newspapers around the country are scrambling to keep enough rolls of newsprint in stock to make their print runs and they also are closely monitoring ink and printing plate supplies. And, it's only expected to get worse in Q3 and Q4, several publishers recently told E&P. As they perform a delicate dance to maintain the paper flow, they’re turning to alternative methods and outreach.
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As a medium, video has the inherent power to tell a story in an imaginative and captivating way. But video can also be a source of revenue for news organizations. Adams Publishing Group did precisely that, leveraging the talent and resources already within the organization’s agency to create marketing videos for clients who may or not be advertisers with their news titles.
“We’re holding up a mirror to see how officers treat their own and what that means for the community when police victimize their fellow men and women in blue,” Samantha Max explains to listeners in “Behind the Blue Wall,” which earned the journalist the WBUR 2021 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. E&P spoke with Max after the award was announced to learn about her professional path in journalism and her award-winning work.
Sales by nature is challenging, fun, varying, fulfilling and sporadic, but it can sometimes become relatively routine. Media sales has seasons, and it’s essential to slow down and take time away from that routine. Take time to appreciate what you’ve accomplished and reenergize your thought patterns to reinvent or enhance your business development strategies and departmental approach.
Helen Ubiñas knows there are voices and perspectives missing in journalism. In 2018, Ubiñas, who writes columns on equity, equality and justice for The Philadelphia Inquirer, experimented with the idea of a pop-up newsroom. The goal was to bridge gaps between local media and community members. While the pop-up newsrooms are on pause because of COVID, more are planned for the future.
It’s always been tough to convince editors to try a new comic strip, especially when it means killing a feature some segment of the audience has grown to love. That tension has only gotten worse in recent years, as cost-cutting deepened the risk-averse approach most newspapers take with their comics section. Unfortunately, like the newspapers they serve, syndicates feel the impact of journalism's digital transformation from printed pages to pixels on a screen.
The nation’s first abolitionist newspaper, The Emancipator, has been reborn as a digital platform to dismantle racist systems. It's using a three-pronged approach to reach its audience. Editorial content will include articles and videos published on the website (and sometimes in the pages of partners, like the Boston Globe). It takes a “social-first” approach, sharing content to encourage conversation, not just sharing links. And it will involve community-based workshops and other events.
Talented visual journalists take us inside a moment, or a series of them, communicating information and inspiring emotion — whether it’s through a single image or hours of video footage. Top-of-the-field news photographers and videographers are technicians, creative visionaries, astute observers and chroniclers of history. They capture stories frame by frame, appending narratives and scripts with visual complements. This inaugural class of Shooting Stars comes from small publications and large corporate entities.
In May, Insider won a Pulitzer Prize, joining a small group of digital-only news organizations awarded journalism’s top prize. But like Politico back in 2012, the recognition came in an unlikely category for an online news organization — cartooning.
Each week, residents in 110 Los Angeles neighborhoods receive the Crosstown Neighborhood Newsletter in their inbox. The newsletter contains brief stories that reach readers where they are, with infographics about the number of new COVID infections and vaccination rates, as well as reports on housing issues and crime. The editorial staff comprises only 13 people, nine of whom are students.
When sharing your financials with your team, try to not give people more information they need to perform their jobs. Isolate the things that are high-impact and they can control. For example, instead of issuing that 47-line sheet, offer routine updates with three items that they have the most control over on the revenue side and four items that they have the most control over on the expense side.
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Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the court's refusal to take up the case.
Newsweek has hired Shaun Waterman as a cybersecurity correspondent on its enterprise reporting team.
The company planning to buy Donald Trump’s new social media business has disclosed a federal grand jury investigation that it says could impede or even prevent its acquisition of the Truth Social app.
Following a long interregnum stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 classes of Pulitzer Prize winners gathered at Columbia University's Low Library on June 25 for a ceremony celebrating their awards.
Around seven-in-ten U.S. journalists (69%) say it is the social media site they use most or second most for their job.
WV News has announced it is acquiring the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel and Gallipolis Daily Tribune in Ohio and the Point Pleasant Register in West Virginia from AIM Media Midwest.
The news came as no surprise, but it was nevertheless emotionally overwhelming, incredibly impactful and expectedly divisive.
Covering a complex topic that spans laws, beliefs and lived experience requires nuance and context.
As laws in the United States continue to undergo massive change, one in particular — the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which transfers the right to abortion from federal to state governments — may prompt people to move away from Google and Bing as they rethink privacy.
The largest U.S. newspaper circulations fell 12% in the year to March 2022, new figures obtained by Press Gazette show.
Sports Business Journal reports that ESPN has agreed to pay around $75-90 million per year for the rights.
The organization Check My Ads has collected 40,000+ signatures in a move to block ad revenue for Fox News.
Independent journalist Tina-Desiree Berg was standing on a sidewalk filming the arrest of an abortion rights protester in downtown Los Angeles on Friday night when a police officer hit her on the side of the head.
Staffers will take part in making collective decisions about the organization, from hiring and compensation to developing the budget, along with their journalistic work.
The Professional Freedom & Responsibility Committee of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has announced the 2022 First Amendment Award winner: Steven Waldman, president and co-founder of Report for America.
The Supreme Court made huge headlines on Friday with its decision to end the constitutional right to abortion. But the decision was also unusual because it was already known.
Researchers who depend on CrowdTangle to find social media’s worst content are worried about what happens when it goes away.
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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.
How long should it take to layout a newspaper? What about 6 minutes? That’s the maximum time it takes to place display ads in each of 400 newspapers at Lee Enterprises. Read about how it is done.
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The problem with legals has always been that publishing public notices is cumbersome. It bogs down staff and puts at risk the continued existence of legals in newspapers by frustrating the governments, law firms and citizens required to file them. But, there is a solution.
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Neal Templinm who has been freelancing for Barron's, has been hired as an editor and reporter.
The Los Angeles Times has announced two promotions in the California section: Cindy Chang joins management as a deputy editor and Maria L. La Ganga is the new city editor.
MSNBC’s president said Alex Wagner’s experience covering politics would be crucial as the network prepared to cover the midterm elections.
The New York Times is bolstering its international investigations efforts with the addition of two new reporters and an expanded commitment to global investigative journalism outside the United States.
The New York Times strengthens global editing capabilities, with Yonette Joseph to join the Mexico City team as a senior International news editor.
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The Vineyard Gazette, the leading newspaper on Martha’s Vineyard, will welcome a new editor in July when Brian P. Boyd succeeds Julia Wells, who is retiring after 18 years as newsroom leader.
Geoff Thompson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management and Technology lecturer, has been named the new Associate Director of Sports Journalism and Communication beginning Aug. 15.
Sabrina Ram is joining The Philadelphia Inquirer as its vice president of communications. Ram begins at The Inquirer on June 27.
Alejandro de Onís has been appointed Knight’s vice president for communications and digital strategy. Roshell R. Rinkins was appointed Knight’s vice president for grants administration and chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer.
In his position as Democracy Initiative Manager, Jaisal Noor will be working with newsrooms to uncover and share stories of how to build healthier, more accessible democracy for everyone.
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A former campaign strategist, he became a fixture in American political journalism and punditry and was seen on “PBS NewsHour” for 33 years.
Chuck Bohnet served in a variety of executive roles at The Forum, WDAY and Forum Communications. He is remembered as a "super star" executive and "quintessential advertising man."
Long-time Tullahoma News publisher, former owner of The Moore County News, career journalist and accomplished race car driver Terry G. Craig passed away at the age of 83.
He reported on the presidential campaign trail for NBC, made prizewinning documentaries for CNN and moderated "Washington Week" for PBS.
A 32-year-old French journalist was killed on Monday in eastern Ukraine when the armored bus he was riding in was hit by shrapnel from a shell, according to French and Ukrainian authorities.
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