Scripps commits to boost — and better — its news coverage


In an email sent to employees, CEO Adam Symson announced a “news initiative,” in which the company will “invest nearly $10 million to increase compensation where needed to ensure we can attract and retain the best journalists” and “add about 250 on-the-ground resources to our local reporting teams.”

A company statement elaborating on the scope of the effort said that each Scripps station will eventually be home to a minimum of 12 reporters, marking growth rates of 63% in large markets and 68% in small ones. There will be “additional training and development opportunities to our journalists that will help them improve our newsgathering and reporting,” the statement also said, as well as a commitment to new technologies that will aid growth.

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