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2022 All-Stars shine bright

The newspaper pros working in news publishing operations and logistics not only understand every department’s mechanics (beyond presses and equipment), they often contribute new thinking and concepts to help uncover profitability. Operations All-Stars — a joint project between E&P and the International Newspaper Group — recognizes three winners, plus three additional runners-up, as this year's top talent.
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It's important for managers to take stock of what percentage of their time they spend leading versus doing. By leading, this means managerial tasks like project management and enabling your team to do the work. By doing, it means completing the vital functions that keep revenue flowing.
How reporters cover the first few hours and days of politically-charged events like the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago is vital to properly informing local and national readers. The subjects will obviously be different. But as New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen suggests, reports should be mindful of the distinction between the properly political and the unduly politicized.
Newspapers are experimenting with text-to-audio software that allows readers to listen to stories and articles instead of reading them. Neighbor-to-Neighbor News is one such newspaper publisher. This group of newspapers focuses on hyperlocal coverage and has about 4,000 subscribers. Grant Hamilton, the publisher, says it’s a budget-friendly step to enter the audio space.
One of the best skillsets Robert E. Brown has learned as a leader is how to honestly and objectively poke holes in his theories and strategies. If you want to gain more self-confidence in your leadership ability or are looking to take the next step in developing into a great leader, here are four principles that he says you need to introduce into your day-to-day routine.
Abortion is not just a charged political issue. It is also a deeply personal issue, said an International Center for Journalists editor who offered tips for journalists on how to approach the topic. ICFJ Managing Editor Devin Windelspecht compiled a list of resources and tips for journalists with Jamaija Rhoades, associate editor for International Journalists’ Network, ICFJ’s website.
The great and well-respected always have a more human story to tell than just the achievements that have earned them respect and even legendary status. Burl Osborne is one of these very human individuals who reached the pinnacle of the journalism profession despite a lifelong health issue. “Burl: Journalism Giant and Medical Trailblazer” is the latest biography from author Jane Wolfe. It is due out this month in hardcover.
As the publisher and CEO of Afro-American Newspapers, Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper is both a news innovator and a steward of a Baltimore-based family legacy spanning 130 years. Her great-grandfather, John Henry Murphy, started the newspaper 130 years ago with just $200 he borrowed from family members. Today, the Afro-American — or just “The AFRO” — focuses on local news for Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and the suburban-Maryland corridor in between.
The phrase “sustainable local news model” is one of the most talked-about topics these days. It’s top-of-mind for everyone in the industry and the lead topic in many funding conversations. To understand sustainability, let’s explore the basic concepts of a local news publishing model.
Longtime media industry consultant Ken Harding has taken his talents to Hearst Newspapers. Harding’s title at Hearst is senior vice president of business effectiveness, an unusual — though fitting title — to describe what he’s doing.
The Center for Media Integrity set forth lofty goals for democracy in the Americas. The name itself sets a certain standard for the work the project aims to achieve: to promote and support the practice of independent, non-interest affiliated journalism and social media production in the Americas.
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E&P’s publisher Mike Blinder will host a conversation with Imtiaz Patel, chief executive officer of The Banner and its parent company, The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism. Patel will share with our audience what it takes to launch a nonprofit news start-up from scratch and how the Banner is doing now 4-months into their mission to become Baltimore’s ‘leading provider of news and lifestyle content.”
HD Media has purchased the Virginia Mountaineer, a weekly newspaper in Grundy, Virginia, the company announced.
Starting in the summer of 2023, students in the specialization will be eligible for six $30,000 scholarships.
National Newspaper Week begins October 2.  While this isn’t the typical holiday that most families celebrate, it does provide a good opportunity to take a moment and recognize all the ways that local newspapers make a difference in communities across America.  
To further take advantage of the company’s scaled local and national media broadcast platforms, The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is merging its nationally focused news resources into a national news division called Scripps News.
After over two years of pandemic-related closures, the high court will welcome back the public and reporters next week.
Local reporters, photographers and editors from Fort Myers and Naples, Florida, met in a hotel parking lot Thursday to plan their coverage of Hurricane Ian. They knew they'd lose power and phone service at their southwest Florida homes, so planned to meet at noon at an inland hotel to regroup. But when they got there, the hotel had lost power too, so the meeting moved to the parking lot. 
As Hurricane Ian approached southwest Florida on Tuesday, officials began issuing evacuation orders. Kate Cimini, a Florida investigative reporter for the USA Today Network, evacuated her home, but instead of clearing out of the hurricane’s path, she aimed for her colleague’s place in Naples.
The Post and Courier will continue publication and delivery to subscribers during Hurricane Ian. Its digital paywall has been lifted on all storm-related stories and is accessible without a subscription until the storm has passed or until further notice.
TikTok’s popularity has surged despite worries from policy makers in Washington about TikTok’s handling of user data and misinformation, as well as its ties to China’s government.
This case study explores the lessons learned and perspectives gained from key stakeholders involved in the Civic Information Bill’s passage. The goal here is to tell the story of the campaign, with an eye to teasing out learnings that can be applied elsewhere.
The Washington Post has published “The Search for the Perfect Sound,” an immersive project that presents people with a way to listen in and decide for themselves: what is the perfect sound?
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism says it has found a great partner in Opus Independents, which has agreed to hold the People’s Newsroom coalition going forward.
Twitter and AFP, one of the world’s leading news agencies, have announced an agreement aimed at elevating credible news and information in Portuguese, particularly for users in Brazil.
Thirty-one news organizations will receive support through the American Press Institute’s Election Coverage & Community Listening Fund, an initiative aimed at empowering newsrooms to implement community listening in their elections coverage.
Plus, the most dangerous time of the storm is still to come, check your state laws for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and more.
A reporter for an Orlando TV station rescued a woman who got stuck in her car as she had attempted to drive through Hurricane Ian floodwater. WESH-TV broadcast a report from reporter Tony Atkins …
A fight to block government access to a slain investigative journalist’s sources and unpublished work stalled Wednesday, when a Las Vegas judge said she didn’t have jurisdiction to consider the question.
The Rohingya refugees are seeking unspecified reparations from the Menlo Park, California-based social media giant for its role in perpetuating genocide. Meta, which is the subject of twin lawsuits in the U.S. and the U.K. seeking $150 billion for Rohingya refugees, has so far refused.
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Publishers today are very focused on the long-term objective of digital transformation and are now confronted with a new challenge of declining audience levels.  How can you make digital progress if audiences are declining?  Are there ways to reverse the trends?  What are the key levers in the publisher toolkit to leverage data and grow audience?
Andrew Conte, founding director of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, has been receiving wide industry acclaim for his latest book “Death of the Daily News,” which tells the story of how residents in one Pennsylvania community have identified and sorted local news and information since their local newspaper stopped publishing after 131 years.
There is no question that many news publishers are now looking to increase top-line revenue by locking down sites and focusing on digital/print paid subscriptions. However, The Press of Atlantic City is doing quite the opposite by launching a FREE monthly mailed community newspaper.
On the morning of Oct. 13, Blinder will help kick off the #NewsMedia Business Summit with a motivational presentation that will offer some of the back-to-basic approaches he used at E&P to achieve its success.
Newsletters aren’t only a viable news and information tool; they can play a huge role in the future of the industry's bottom line. Email newsletters reach our consumers in ways they embrace and are a rapidly growing method of getting to what might be otherwise difficult demographics.
John Newby is no stranger to planning successful events for the news publishing industry, having hosted dozens of well-attended conferences as founder of the 360 Media Alliance. “Our mission has always been to provide a quality event at a reasonable price,” stated Newby. “This event is no different, as we have secured accommodation at the downtown Harrisburg Sheraton for only $129 per night. Couple that with a $299 registration fee which includes lunch, breaks and even a free cocktail reception, and you have truly a great buy!”
“Re-establishing your brand value as a content partner and provider in every generation takes a commitment to being dedicated to who you are as a news media organization,” says Richard E. Brown, a News/Media Alliance Rising Star recipient, former head of digital subscriber churn for Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK and now the senior director of retention for The Daily Beast. “And, just as important, is your ability to constantly adapt and reinvent yourself as a valuable resource within your community.” Brown will be presenting a fast-paced, power-packed presentation “Boosting Your Brand’s Value” at the Oct. 12-14 Harrisburg NewsMedia Business Summit. He adds, “Possessing the commodity of information is only the beginning; how adept has your organization become at evolving with the mindset of your readers, helping them navigate through their day, and positioning yourself as a go-to content partner for the coming generation is the key to brand boosting success."
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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The Freedom Forum has funded the new First Amendment reporter to help USAT Network Tennessee develop sophisticated storytelling around critical freedoms.
This week AP announced eight key leadership positions, including the U.S. News leadership team and a new director of global text.
Derek Hawkins will join the National department as assistant visual enterprise editor, a role in which he will help conceive and execute high-impact visual and immersive storytelling.
Washington Post Editorial Page Editor David Shipley announced that Sara Abdullah and Mary Duenwald will be joining Post Opinions as senior editors.
Sherry Weiss will oversee all marketing activities at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal.
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Dan Powell has been promoted to senior staff editor on the Home Team.
Leo Sands will be part of a rapidly expanding team at The Washington Post that covers the most urgent and interesting stories that break anywhere in the world during the European day.
Victoria Bisset will be part of a rapidly expanding team at The Washington Post that covers the most urgent and interesting stories that break anywhere in the world during the European day.
Graham Media Group, the local media division of Graham Holdings Company, has announced that Ashley Parker has been named vice president and general manager of KSAT, the ABC broadcast affiliate television station in San Antonio, Texas, effective Oct. 1.
The Graphics department has announcee the addition of Malika Khurana as a graphics editor.
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He covered four presidencies in a 52-year career and never worried about “offending those in power in pursuit of answers,” one former White House press secretary said.
John Zappe, an award-winning journalist who was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and later helped Knight-Ridder, Belo Interactive and the Los Angeles Newspaper Group develop leading online media sites, died Wednesday, Sept. 28. He was 70 years old.
Norman Causey, long time Federal News Network host and columnist who went by Mike, and a fixture in the Washington, D.C. news scene for more than half a century, died Monday, Sept. 26. He was 82 years old.
As a top editor who was both feared and revered at the newspaper for decades, he left a deep imprint as its arbiter of language, taste, tone and ethics.
George B. Irish, the publisher of the San Antonio (Texas) Light from 1988 until its closure in 1993, died at his New Jersey home on Tuesday (Sept. 13) from an apparent heart attack at age 78.
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