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Indecision is not a decision: Get off the fence.

If you’re in charge, your team or organization will inevitably look to you for direction to help lead them down the correct path. And depending on the talent on your team and the type of organization, that might not take much. For example, when you have a lot of strength above and below you, it’s often much easier to make good choices and set a course you feel confident about. Other times, the next steps just aren't as straightforward.

The future of funding journalism

One of the evergreen questions Editor & Publisher ponders as we chronicle today’s business of news is: How will newsrooms — now and in the future — be funded? As we stand, one quarter into 2023, it felt timely to reach out to news publishers to hear their goals for revenue this year; how their newsrooms may benefit from philanthropic support; and if they’re counting on legislative relief to come from state or federal governments.

The Baltimore Beat. Back in business, providing local, practical news for underserved communities

The Baltimore Beat was published for about five months in 2017 before the publisher decided to stop publication. But Lisa Snowden, editor, knew there was a niche and a need in Baltimore for another Black community-focused news outlet — in addition to the Baltimore-based 130-year-old The AFRO. She began studying nonprofit news models.

Six diverse news disrupters band together to create the Alliance for Sustainable Local News

E&P interviews five of the six news publishing disruptors who’ve banded together to form the Alliance for Sustainable Local News, a diverse group that are collaborating to build a "genuine, sustainable local news publishing business model." Discover more about their methods and goals, from the Baltimore Banner’s Imtiaz Patel, The Colorado Sun’s Larry Ryckman, the Daily Memphian’s Eric Barnes, Long Beach Post’s David Sommers, and Lookout Local’s Ken Doctor.
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Small-town citizens share support for the saving of their newspaper.

In this 178th episode of "E&P Reports," we explore a single week in the life of the 167-year-old Pulaski (TN) Citizen — a newspaper announced its closing, the citizen's reactions to the pending loss of their newspaper of record, and the last-minute saving of the publication as a new owner swooped in to purchase it. Appearing in this episode are recently-elected Pulaski Mayor J.J. Brindley, Citizen Publisher and Pulaski life-long resident Scott Stewart, and the new owner of the paper, Main Street Media's CEO and Founder Dave Gould.

Foreign affairs expert Richard Haass asks us to be a “better informed” citizenry in his latest book.

In this 177th episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with Dr. Richard Haass, the president of the Council of Foreign Relations and author of the current New York Times bestseller: “The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens,” where he looks at what we as Americans should do to maintain a healthy democracy. In this episode, Dr. Haass speaks about our first “obligation,” asking us to “be informed.” Within the discussion, Haass addresses the role news media can play in helping reverse what he describes as a “civics deficit” within our citizenry and what role we in the media might play to help better educate and inform, so our readers can become better Americans.

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The Center for Community Media at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism is taking a major step forward in promoting diversity in the media industry with the launch of the Asian Media Initiative. The program, aimed at increasing the representation of Asian Americans in media and journalism, will provide opportunities for students, journalists and aspiring media professionals to gain the skills and resources necessary to succeed in the competitive field of journalism.
How can white people, which the publisher of this very publication will tell you dominate the traditional media industry channels and gatherings, do more than unwind generations of racism and exploitative coverage — instead, actively contribute to restoring justice and equity? John Heaston says he doesn’t have the answers, but hopes the points in today's column can help.
With start-up funding from a remarkably successful Kickstarter campaign, Block Club Chicago debuted in 2018 as an independent 501(c)(3), journalist-run newsroom. Today, Block Club Chicago has reporters covering a majority of the neighborhoods across the city, but there are still some “gaps” in community coverage that they hope to fill as the newsroom grows.
For local newspapers and news outlets to sustain themselves, it’s critical to understand Gen Zers’ perspective on local news and how they engage with it. Many news outlets are already initiating new strategies to connect with this youngest generation of adults and the high-school-age Gen Zers who will be adults soon.
More than 400 advertising and media industry leaders and insiders gathered at the Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, March 5-7, at the Borrell Miami Local Advertising Conference 2023. The theme of “Navigating Local Media's Brave New World” played out in main-stage presentations and breakout sessions over the two-day conference, offering the latest advertising and revenue-generating strategies and opportunities.
Following the March 6th publication by Editor & Publisher (E&P) of “Winsted Citizen: Ralph Nader gets the press but leaves his ‘gifted’ newspaper in the lurch,” a reliable source told us that the Winsted Citizen is the second time Nader funded a newspaper in Winsted — and then pulled his financial backing.
The Center for Health Journalism opened in 2004 at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to support healthcare journalists in California. The Center’s mission has expanded over the years. It now serves journalists nationwide in every beat and encourages them to see the interconnections of health in communities, such as how systemic racism and poverty impact health and wellbeing.
Like our industry, overseeing a winning sports franchise requires a grand design of systems, trust and relationships — making it an easy place to draw inspiration. If you haven’t checked on the interpersonal dynamic between your sales team members and sales leadership, now is a good time to do so. These relationships propel your strategies to meet objectives.
This article is a follow-up to our original story which went out on Feb. 27. E&P has reached out to Ralph Nader for comment, but he was unavailable. This story will be updated with any comments when available.
Dave Stevens has no patience with a world and employers, especially those in the media and entertainment industries, that focus on people’s disabilities instead of their abilities. He should know; he was born without hips and legs. Despite that, he has led the life he wanted but wouldn’t have expected — playing high school, college and professional sports; a career of more than 20 years as an ESPN editor and recipient of seven Emmy awards; and now a professional in residence at the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University and leading its Ability Media program.
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Workers are planning walkouts at Hearst offices this Thursday to protest the inability to finalize a first contract. Negotiations are scheduled to end on March 28, with one session left.
A California man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly threatening to kill a journalist who was trying to report on his organization, the Justice Department said.
The U.S. government's threat to ban TikTok takes aim at what has become the most popular smartphone app in the country.
“The Amplifier” is a new subscriber-only newsletter from The New York Times geared toward readers who want a personal approach to music discovery.
For some time now, Boston Globe insiders have known that the Globe opinion section was going to cease co-publishing The Emancipator, a digital publication on racial justice. Now the Globe is making it official: Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research will continue to publish The Emancipator without the Globe’s involvement.
Here are 7 neglected newsroom practices that still matter and might have made a difference.
How can you better convert visitors into paying subscribers? Registration is an essential middle step.
"It shouldn’t be that difficult to keep an updated list of when and where and what the meetings are." — Sarah Stonbely, research director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University
"I love seeing good, local stories and the joy it brings to people's lives to know what is happening in their backyard." — Mike Green, local investor
As press freedoms around the globe erode, journalists are building networks outside their home countries to continue reporting.
Lawyers for Fox News and voting equipment company Dominion will face off in a Delaware courtroom on Tuesday in the latest phase of Dominion’s closely watched $1.6bn defamation suit against the media company for spreading election lies.
Last Oct. 18, Rolling Stone served up a foreboding scoop: The FBI had raided the home of a renowned journalist at the top of his game months earlier, and he had disappeared from public view. It should have been a coup. Instead, acrimony inside the newsroom over how that scoop was edited led to accusations that the magazine's brash leader pulled punches in overseeing coverage of someone he knew.
TikTok says all realistic AI deepfakes must be "clearly disclosed." The app’s content policies are being updated as political pressure on Chinese parent company ByteDance grows.
Move comes after U.K. government bans app on government devices over fears of data being accessed by Chinese state.
“Today in Pittsburgh Labor” kicked off with an inside look at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette strike, where workers have been off the job for over six months.
Study shows the same ad yields twice the attention on low-clutter vs. high-clutter pages.
A massive study of Upworthy headlines — remember Upworthy? — shows how a few emotionally charged words can mean the difference between viral and ignored.
A senior producer for primetime star Tucker Carlson sued Fox News on Monday, alleging the network was setting her and other female colleagues up as scapegoats in the $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit it faces over the lies it broadcast following the 2020 presidential elections.
This month, the Pulitzer Prizes will highlight local reporting with our new "On the Road" program. A series of panel discussions hosted by Administrator Marjorie Miller, "On the Road" will enable the public to hear firsthand about the journalistic process from today's Pulitzer winners and finalists.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre threatened to end the press conference.
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BlueLena, which supports independent news organizations with developing, implementing and managing subscription, membership and donation models, has announced a strategic partnership with Piano Software, a leading digital experience platform that supports subscription, conversion, analytics and personalization outcomes.
In February, The Press Enterprise, based in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, reached an agreement with SCS to install the Community Advertising System to standardize and modernize its advertising and production workflows.
HB7049: Legal Notices was passed and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida’s 2022 legislative session. The law went into effect on Jan. 1 and makes Florida one of the few U.S. states to allow the publication of public notices on designated government websites in addition to print newspapers.
How to efficiently manage the workflow of 200+ publications, including 30 dailies and hundreds of commercial products across 15 production facilities. This was the question the Adams Publishing Company management team was asking when looking for a streamlined, cost-reducing workflow solution that would also improve quality and reduce onsite hardware.
Today, McClatchy, one of the largest media companies in the United States, with over 80 million unique visitors, announced its partnership with and its media technology brands to power a suite of comprehensive obituary management services for all McClatchy publications.
The challenges are many when launching a new local, nonprofit news outlet, especially in the current newspaper industry climate. Deciding to be a digital-only news source with a hard registration wall meant the Springfield (Missouri) Daily Citizen had to rely heavily on various technologies to manage email registration and subscriptions. BlueLena's intimate knowledge of subscription best practices allowed the paper to rapidly evolve its products toward launch.
Each year Editor & Publisher Magazine (E&P) and the Local Media Consortium (LMC) recognize companies that have done the impossible through successful innovation, implementing cost savings or developing new programs that have generated considerable increases in revenue or audience.
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.
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In his role as a social media editor, Rushard Anderson will play a key role in programming The Washington Post's main accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Telegram.
Joy Robins, who has led advertising teams at The Washington Post and Quartz, NBC and the BBC, is joining the Times Company in early May.
New advisory board members have been named for the Democracy Day 2023 collaborative journalism project.
Christine Cook will join Bloomberg Media as chief revenue officer. Cook will lead global advertising revenues across all media platforms including digital, digital video, linear TV, audio, events, custom content, print and programmatic revenues.
Matt Jones has retired from the Paxton Media Group after 25 years of service, serving as The Paducah (Kentucky) Sun’s operational manager from December 2014 to January 2019 and as its general manager since January 2019.
Doug Ames, who has worked at The Daily World for 15 years — most recently as circulation director — has been named interim general sales manager.
The New York Times has announced the members of the fifth New York Times Fellowship class. The incoming fellows will arrive in the newsroom in June.
Before Sylvia Poggioli leaves NPR at the end of the month, she will be joining Scott Simon on Weekend Edition on March 25 for a farewell interview.
Julia Turner has been promoted to the newly created role of senior vice president for content business strategy at the Los Angeles Times, reporting to Executive Editor Kevin Merida.
Virginia Parker was recently promoted to the role of editor/publisher at The Saratoga Sun in Wyoming and will be running the community newspaper, which is in its 135th year of covering the Platte Valley.
Two new staff members have joined the Missouri School of Journalism, where they are filling important roles supporting students both in the classroom and in the newsroom.
Peter Bobkowski will join the School of Media and Journalism this fall as Kent State University’s second Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, dedicated to leading national efforts to revitalize journalism in the nation's high schools.
Industry Obits
The Hickory (North Carolina) Daily Record lost a member of its work family this week.
The family plans to hold a private celebration of life for Mr. Kelleher later this year.
Veteran journalist, historian, and civic leader, William Light “Bill” Kinney Jr., 89, of Bennettsville, South Carolina, died peacefully at his family antebellum home, Magnolia, under the loving care of his daughter, Elisabeth Kinney McNiel, Sunday night, Feb. 19.
James B. “Jim” Boone Jr., founder and chairman of the board of Boone Newsmedia, Inc. (BNI), died Monday, Feb. 13, at UAB Hospital-Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, after a brief illness. He was 87.
The love of a good story and the ability to tell one in a convincing and attention-grabbing way was central to Jeff Nesmith’s life, both personally and professionally.
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