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Borealis Philanthropy’s Racial Equity Journalism Fund (REJ) and the American Press Institute (API) recently partnered to launch a new Listening and Sustainability Lab, which will support four publishers of color who want to delve into practices for listening and engagement with audience segments in order to lead to stronger journalism and new revenue streams. The lab—a pilot program, funded largely by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation—was announced late last year. According to Amy Kovac-Ashley, vice president and senior director at API, the chosen publishers will develop a listening plan after selecting their audience segment. more
This year, the Inquirer and Mirror in Nantucket, Mass. will celebrate its 200th anniversary. And as one of the oldest newspapers in the country, it is now back in the hands of local owners after Gannett, its previous owner, sold it to 41 North Media LLC last November. The move ends 30 years of corporate ownership. more
When the Tampa Bay Times made the decision to reduce its print frequency to two times a week last year due to the coronavirus, the newsroom knew it was even more critical to get their news out, even if it was on a different platform. more
Following the May 2020 death of George Floyd, a Black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn., and the extensive protests that took place over the summer in response, many local business owners became affected by those chain of events. more
The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas are just two of the latest newsrooms in favor of forming a union, following the footsteps as other unionized newsrooms like the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. more
As traditional revenue streams dry up in the media industry, there is a growing interest in funding journalism through philanthropy. The Local Media Association (LMA), with support from the Google News Initiative, aims to explore this source of funding with the launch of the Lab for Journalism Funding. more
Founded in 1871, the Helena World is one of Arkansas’ oldest newspapers, yet it nearly met its demise on Sept. 6, 2019 when its owner, GateHouse Media, decided to close it. Amazingly, on the same day Chuck Davis and Andrew Bagley announced they had acquired the World. The men became the newspaper’s first local owners since 1981. more
A year after forming the Relevance Project, the Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) has launched a campaign with the goal to help newspapers and state press association-owned ad services rebrand and position themselves for relevance in a digital world. Called Revenue Resource 2020, a reserve of sales promotions is available for news publishers to download free... more
Coverage of education is vital to a healthy community. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic—which created a large disruption in the education system and the lives of thousands of students and parents—it is more important than ever. As a result, the Dallas Morning News’ newly launched Education Lab comes at a critical time. more
More than 30 journalists have come together to establish the News Product Alliance (NPA), which aims to build a community of support and practice for news product professionals. The organization launched in September and intends to formalize at the beginning of 2021. more
Public notices in local newspapers have long helped hold government agencies accountable and news consumers make well-informed decisions. And they also used to be a reliable source of revenue for … more
When Greg Moore was let go from the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail after 20 years, the former editor wasn’t shocked. For him, it was no secret that the media industry was struggling … more
For nearly 150 years, the Gazette has delivered vital news to the residents of Colorado Springs, Colo. Now they are expanding their footprint with the new Denver Gazette. The online publication … more
Since 1986, Portia Li had covered the Chinese community in San Francisco as a criminal justice reporter for the World-Journal, the largest Chinese-language newspaper in the U.S. But after three … more
According to David Kennedy, chief revenue officer of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Oahu Publications, Inc, the days of waiting for the five o’clock for news on your TV will soon go away due … more
After protests erupted across the nation in response to the killing of George Floyd, a Black Minnesota man who died in police custody, conversations about representation took precedence in newsrooms … more
Ten Black-owned media organizations have joined forces with the Local Media Association (LMA) to launch the Fund for Black Journalism, an initiative to reimagine and support the Black press. The … more
Last year, the media industry watched a dispute heat up between the staff of Deadspin and higher-ups at G/O Media, the parent company of the sports website, when deputy editor Barry Petchesky was … more
More than 100 images from the Chicago Sun-Times photo archive went on display at the Chicago History Museum this summer after the collection had been lost for several years. Titled “Millions of … more
Even through live sports coverage looks vastly different this season due to the coronavirus, the Local Media Consortium (LMC) Board and Google News Initiative recently announced The Matchup, a … more
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