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Disrupting traditional, old and obsolete business models is how many new entrepreneurs and startups gain success. Although they are often synonymous with Silicon Valley and other tech centers, disruptive entrepreneurs can also be found in places like Fishers, Ind., a suburb of Indianapolis. more
Asheville, N.C. is by no means a news desert. Residents there have access to The Asheville Citizen Times, Mountain Xpress and Blue Ridge Public Radio as well as other local publications. Yet, a small coalition of veteran professional journalists and media executives want to help produce more local journalism in the area. more
Some old heavy-duty, weatherproof newspaper boxes are getting a second life in Florence, S.C. The Morning News recently partnered with House of Hope, a shelter that serves the homeless, and Tie One On Florence, a campaign that provides clothing for the less fortunate, to repurpose and redecorate the boxes to serve Florence’s homeless population by housing donations. more
For 50 years, the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team has published hard-hitting investigative work. Its 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning series on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was even turned into a Hollywood movie in 2015 (“Spotlight”) and took home two Oscars. Since the film came out, the Globe along with Participant (a co-producer of “Spotlight”) have offered the Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship, which awards up to $100,000 to investigative reporters every year. more
In 2020, digital was a double-edged sword. It brought us closer together as in-person meetings and events moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it divided us even more as misinformation and hate speech circulated dangerously on various social media platforms. more
After Elizabeth Green successfully launched Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering education across America, in 2014, the CEO and co-founder decided to replicate the model last year. Called Votebeat, the pop-up newsroom was committed to reporting the local election administration and voting in eight states. more
Smart publishers already know the consumer will not save their local newspaper. The limited attention span of the digital information consumer keeps local papers from pinning their hopes on subscribers. Without a robust number of subscribers, display advertising suffers. more
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
With a new year ahead of us, everyone wishes 2020 was just a bad dream, and newspapers can find their footing once again to explore new opportunities post-pandemic. As this past year took its toll on advertisers and our subscriber base and economy in general, many newspapers looked at consolidation, reducing print days, cutting pages, reducing staffing levels, and more of the same “economies” we’ve been forced to practice for several years now. 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
Since President Donald Trump lost his bid for re-election to Joe Biden in November, the media industry has been asking one important question: “What will we do without him?” A switch to a more “normal” or “boring” administration has rained down fears of low television ratings and a drop in subscriptions. However, the better question might be how much time will the media devote to covering Trump now that he is no longer in office? 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
As part of the 2020 International Newspaper Group (ING) Leadership Networking Summit, ING and E&P decided to collaborate on the first annual ING/E&P Operations Allstar Awards, kicking off a partnership live at the Summit, which was scheduled for Sept. 18 to 20 in Chicago. Winners were to be announced at the Summit, but then our whole world changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the Summit and awards ceremony moved online. 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
When the pandemic struck, news was as essential to the public as the most important household items they were panic-buying at stores or online. Although TV viewership increased, especially local channels, more Americans also reached for a newspaper in many markets. more
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