The Latest "E&P Reports" Vodcasts with Mike Blinder

Mike Blinder, Publisher of E&P Magazine

MIKE BLINDER is the Publisher of  Editor & Publisher Magazine (E&P) and CEO (Chief Evangelist Officer) of its parent company, The Curated Experiences Group. E&P has served as the authoritative voice of the news publishing industry for over 140-years. He is also the author of “Survival Selling,” a popular (media-based) B2B (business-to-business) sales guide.

Mike is also the host of E&P's popular Vidcast series: "E&P Reports," which offers weekly timely interviews with newspaper, broadcast, online and all forms of news publishing and media industry leaders.

Mike has been in love with media his entire life. In high school, he worked part-time as an intern at WPEN radio in Philadelphia and at Radio Shack, where he sold the 1st generation of home computers.

While attending George Washington University, he held a full-time job as a DC Deejay, becoming a station manager within five years. Mike then worked at various radio station groups still appearing onair while managing all facets of broacast operations and sales.

Mike Blinder as a 1985 Maine DJ appearing on "60-minutes" with CBS News' Ed Bradey.  

From radio, Mike moved to TV and eventually print, starting one of the 1st digital newspapers in the United States where the Newspaper Association of America nominated him as a “Digital Pioneer.”

Before taking over E&P Magazine, Mike spent 20 years as founding manager of one of the world’s most respected media consulting firms, The Blinder Group. In addition, Mike personally trained over 10,000 media salespeople to adapt to digital revenue concepts and solutions. Mike was best known for his SMB (small/ medium-sized business) marketing training sessions throughout those years. He brought his life-long learning and love of media together in entertaining and engaging classes to cities and towns worldwide. Over 100,000 business leaders have attended his sessions on using all forms of media more effectively to guarantee maximum results.

Mike has won numerous media awards, is past president and board member for several media/marketing associations and has been a sought-after speaker at conferences worldwide. He lives in Tampa Bay, Florida, with his wife and business partner, Robin and daughter, Haven.

Steve Waldman’s Rebuild Local News Coalition — aggregating industry advocacy

In this 172nd episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with Steven Waldman, co-founder of Report for America and chair of the Rebuild Local News Coalition, an alliance of local news organizations developed to advance a range of public policies addressing the accelerating crisis in local news. Waldman speaks to why the new coalition is necessary and what its priorities are, what initiatives they are championing and how they can help move public policies along on a state and national level.

The Bucks County Herald: A story of survival, moving from family to foundation-owned

In this 171st episode of E&P Reports, we reveal the story of the re-birth of suburban Philly weekly, The Bucks County Herald, which rose from the ashes of the global pandemic through a transformation from a family-owned to a non-profit foundation-run local news enterprise. E&P Publisher Mike Blinder question Bridget Wingert, founding editor, and her son Joe Winegert, publisher, on how they formed the new entity, what the community support is like and is this business model one that others can easily replicate.

Ken Doctor pulls no punches on why the JCPA was a bad idea & updates us on two years at Lookout Local

In this 170th episode of E&P reports, chats with well-known news publishing analyst Ken Doctor, who recently published a lengthy update on the 2-year progress of his innovative Santa Cruz, CA digital news start-up, Lookout Local, while also stating that he is proving that “a robust replacement for suicidal dailies can, indeed, be built. That’s especially important in the age of Gannett’s trainwreck, Axios Local’s skimming, and the misguided Journalism Competition and Preservation act currently before Congress.” Also appearing is Ashley Harmon (Holmes), Lookout Local’s new director of sales & marketing.
Previous Broadcasts

One-on-one with Danielle Coffey

In this 169th episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with Danielle Coffey, Executive VP & General Counsel for the News/ Media Alliance (NMA), to gain her perspective on what really happened in 2022 to the nearly passed Journalism Competition and Preservation Act” (JCPA). She'll also address why this controversial legislation, designed to allow news publishers to collectively negotiate with “big tech” platforms like Google and Facebook for fair compensation for news content, failed to become the law of the land. Coffey also reviews the next steps the NMA will take for the JCPA and the future of other compensation models like publisher tax credits and several pending antitrust suits currently being filed by local media companies
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In this 168th episode of "E&P Reports," we feature a special, inspirational, and motivational interview with Dave Stevens, an Emmy award-winning broadcaster born without legs, who is helping others with disabilities find careers across all forms of media. Stevens chats with E&P Publisher Mike Blinder about his passion for sports, media, and helping others to look beyond their personal challenges and those of others.
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In hopes to make it easier for the public to recognize trustworthy journalism, Reporters Without Borders created the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) in 2019 offering a three-step process to help media outlets distinguish themselves from the myriad of other sources sharing information on the internet and social media. In this 167th episode of “E&P Reports,” we chat about the JTI with Beth Potter, Ph.D., U.S. regional manager of the Journalism Trust Initiative; Paul Samyn, editor of the Winnipeg Free Press; and Kevin Rehberg, vice president of client development at the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM).
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In this 166th episode of “E&P Reports,” internationally recognized journalist/ cartoonist Rob Tornoe reviews some of his 2022 monthly contributions to E&P Magazine, which include his March 2022 interview with The New York Times's David Leonhardt on “The polarization of pandemic reporting.” An April 2022 column looked at editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons. May 2022’s look at how the Pulitzer prize category changes left illustrators feeling slighted.
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Consultant/ columnist Doug Phares

In this 165th episode of “E&P Reports," we review this year's contributions to Editor & Publisher Magazine from consultant Dough Phares's "The Corner Office, his monthly advice column for c-suite executives. Topics we cover include how to better onboard and retain quality talent, increasing productivity with what he calls a "Big Mac Presentation," and how to bolster sales by "Getting to the no," increasing a manager's self-awareness by asking, "Are you managing or doing?" And there's much more.
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In this 164th episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with Local Media Association (LMA) and associated Local Media Foundation CEO Nancy Lane on her impressions of how the millions of dollars that Meta/ Facebook has donated to the news publishing industry since 2019 has benefited local journalism and the impact it may have in the future as those funds cease to exist. We also posed questions on the future of local news enterprises and what she feels are viable, sustainable business models for local journalism.
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In this 163rd episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with ProPublica founder Dick Tofel, first on his latest opinion piece on how there may be some flaws in how organizations like LION Publishers and the Knight Foundation award millions in philanthropic journalistic funds. And his views that the only sustainable model for local journalism will be nonprofit enterprises.
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In this 162nd episode, we go one-on-one with Jeff Jarvis asking his reasons for not supporting current congressional big-tech fair compensation efforts and antitrust legislation. Why is the industry making a big mistake moving toward paid content models, Why he believes "Media forms have half-lives, newspapers & magazines are fading, and broadcast's age is ending."
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In this 161st edition of “E&P Reports,” we go one-on-one with John Garrett, CEO and founder of Community Impact, a community newspaper publishing company that mails over 2.5-million editions monthly to over 60 Texas communities while employing over 200 journalists, salespeople and support staff. E&P Publisher Mike Blinder and contributing writer Victoria Holmes ask Garett how he maintains growth and profitability in a news ecosystem that has compressed and shrunk its commitment to people and print.
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Andrew Conte’s new book: "Death of the Daily News."

In this 160th episode of “E&P Reports,” we interview veteran reporter-turned-educator Andrew Conte, who founded the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He is also the author of “Death of the Daily News,” his latest book, which takes an in-depth look, via local reporting, at what happens when one local community loses its newspaper of record and flounders to find other forms of local journalism.
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Ned Seaton stands up for the news publishing industry

In this 159th episode of "E&P Reports," we interview Ned Seaton, the GM and editor-in-chief of the Manhattan (KS) Mercury and the Times of Pottawatomie County Kansas, the newspaper of record of Westmorland, KS. The town decided to suspend the placement of public notices in the local newspaper and then reverse itself when reminded by Seaton of the value and overall benefit the practice itself has for the community as a whole. Also appearing is Emily Bradbury - Executive Director of the Kansas Press Association. She offers her perspective on how important it is that news publishers help in all ways possible to keep this practice in place.
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In this 158th episode of “E&P Reports” we interview Bill Patterson, Publisher of the Denton (TX) Daily Record-Chronicle, Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro, CEO and Co-Founder at The National Trust for Local News (NTLN), Senior Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and Nico Leone, President & CEO of KERA the public broadcasting outlet in North Texas that just announced the purchase of the Daily Record with the assistance of NTLN. Patterson speaks to how and why he sought out the sale of his 3-generation family-owned media company, while Leone talks about the benefit to public broadcasting expanding into local legacy news and Shapiro explains how deals like this are made and how they may be become much more common in the future.  
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In this 157th episode of “E&P Reports,” E&P Publisher Mike Blinder speaks with Nicole Carroll, president of news and editor-in-chief of USA TODAY, about the past 40 years for this iconic news media brand and its evolution to a multi-platform national information outlet. Their conversation occurred in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Ian, a devastating storm for Florida, where Gannett operates 18 daily operations, including in Ft. Myers and Naples. Carroll reported to Blinder that at least three of their journalists’ homes were no longer habitable.
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In this 156th episode of E&P Reports, meet Kevin Dilley, the director of Kent State University Media, where we explore the work the 400+ students produce for 10 distinct media outlets and 30+ media platforms. Plus, E&P Publisher Mike Blinder and contributing journalist Victoria Holmes ask Dilley how he feels about the future of News Publishing as being one of the educators that helps today's students become tomorrow's industry leaders.
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In this 155th episode of “E&P Reports,” we go one-on-one with Chris Stirewalt, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), contributing editor for The Dispatch and author of his new book, “Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back,” where he writes about his time as the top political editor and election forecaster for the Fox News channel and how he became famous (and subsequently vilified) for being the first to correctly call the 2020 election results for the state of Arizona in favor of Biden. Stirewalt offers some inside intelligence and perspective on how the biased reporting of news media outlets like MSNBC and Fox News channel are helping divide our country and advises on how we, the news consumer, can help find some common ground.
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In this 154th episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with Cheryl Smith, Publisher/ Editor of I Messenger Media News Group & 2022 inductee in the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Hall of Fame, where we discuss her career not only as a successful news publishing executive, but also her views on the industry as a whole, where it is heading, and how we can achieve more diversity, equity and inclusion to better represent the communities we serve.
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With elections, law enforcement agencies, the courts, elected officials, branches of the government and the very rule of law under sustained and concerted attack by its own citizens and elected leaders, there is no question that the media has an essential role to play in addressing these important issues. In this 153rd episode of “E&P Reports” Publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with well-known TV commentator and journalist Mike Barnicle, where they discuss the state of the news media industry, and the challenges journalists are facing in reporting on the culture wars and political polarization that is affecting our society.
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The latest Gallup poll states that “Americans’ confidence in newspapers and television news has fallen to an all-time low,” revealing that only 16% of Americans “have a great deal/quite a lot of confidence in newspapers,” with just 11% having “some degree of confidence” in TV news. NewsGuard, is designed to help news consumers decide what sources to trust, using what it calls "nutrition labels" to rate over 7500 media outlets’ websites. Gordon Crovitz and Steven Brill the co-founders are featured in this week’s “E&P Reports,” discussing how the platform works and why it is important in today’s news ecosystem.
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In this 151st episode of “E&P Reports,” host Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with LGBTQ+ media publisher DJ Doran on how he kept his major market media enterprises thriving during a global pandemic, his news publishing plans for the future and his recent announcement to run as an openly gay candidate for Mayor of Chicago.
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In this 150th episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with a longtime industry veteran and recent CRO of TownNews. Rick Rogers' journey from serving media companies as a vendor to becoming owner/ publisher of the Dallas suburban weekly newspaper group, Star Local Media, is highlighted. He talks frankly about why he chose to invest in local media, how he and his wife/ partner Elizabeth are facing the challenges of news publishing in today’s challenging marketplace and how his 1st quarter P & L fared.
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With the help of a database they’ve built over seven years, the investigative team discovers a tragic trend among police-involved shootings

Utilizing their nationwide database of fatal police shootings, a recent investigation by The Washington Post revealed that law enforcement killed the individuals they were called to assist in at least 178 cases over three years. In this 149th episode of “E&P Reports,” we speak with Jon Gerberg, a senior video journalist and member of the investigative team behind the story, along with Steven Rich, database editor for the investigations unit, on how data journalism can be an integral part of today’s investigative reporting.
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Meet Jennifer Kho

Jennifer Kho loves that Chicago is a “two-newspaper town.” She’s the new executive editor at one of those two newspapers, the Chicago Sun-Times. Kho hadn’t even fully moved from Los Angeles to Chicago when her newsroom faced the monumental and solemn challenge of reporting on the July 4th mass shooting in Highland Park. That day, a single shooter, with the aid of high-capacity weapons murdered seven people and injured dozens, terrorizing and traumatizing the community.
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In this 147th episode of "E&P Reports," we go one-on-one with Delano Massey, Managing Editor of Axios Local, exploring their mission to continue to provide "smart brevity" reporting not only at a national news level but now expanding into dozens of local markets, with plans to launch more by year's end. We also talked with Massey about his views on establishing equity, diversity & inclusion within our newsrooms, based predominantly on his experiences working with then CNN President Jeff Zucker on creating the network's Race & Equity team.
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In this 146th episode of "E&P Reports," you will meet two integral founders of Jacksonville, Florida's newest nonprofit news start-up, The Tributary. On this broadcast are Andrew Pantazi, the founding editor and Deirdre Conner, board chairman, who will talk about the challenges of building a nonprofit media entity along with their new, innovative model of providing an investigative news outlet that shares content with other local news media.
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Map: Medill Local News Initiative Source: Local News Initiative Database

Newspapers were once at the heart of local communities — a vital way Americans found out about their neighbors and shared information. But now, as newspapers shut down across the country, the malignant spread of misinformation and disinformation take their place. A report from Medill called “The State of Local News 2022” finds that a fifth of the population lives in a news desert or a community at risk of becoming one.
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In this 144th episode of E&P Reports, meet National Public Radio’s (NPR) new cohost of 'All Things Considered,’ Juana Summers, who will talk about her new job, the internal culture of NPR and offer some advice to young journalists of color on how to advance within the industry.
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In this 143rd episode of "E&P Reports," we revisit with Mike DeLuca, Group Publisher and President of Hearst Connecticut (HCMG), and Wen¬¬dy Metcalfe, the Senior Vice President of Content & Editor-in-Chief, about the strategies and formulas they are deploying to become what is now is arguably the most successful local news operation in the nation in achieving reader growth.
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In this 142nd episode of E&P Reports, meet the Boston Globe Rhode Island's editor, Lylah M. Alphonse, and one of the original bureau hires, Dan McGowan, who produces their daily “Rhode Map” newsletter. They will talk about the Globe's growing southward expansion and their commitment to providing statewide news content. Also appearing is Michelle Micone, the Boston Globe’s Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, who will speak to the Globe’s overall strategy in expanding into new content areas and neighboring markets.
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Meet TV host/ producer and columnist, Peter Funt who started his media career at the age of 3 appearing on his dad’s iconic TV show, Candid Camera with Allen Funt. Peter today still stars in and produces the show along with penning op-eds for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times as well as a weekly column, distributed by the Cagle Syndicate. In this 141st episode of E&P Reports Peter chats about his years in media from black & white TV to the digital world of today.
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In this 140th episode of "E&P Reports," publisher Mike Blinder interviews Francesca Chambers, the new White House Correspondent for USA Today, about what’s it like to be part of the White House press pool and what advice she can offer other aspiring journalists who may have a passion for politics on how to advance and grow within the industry,
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In this 139th episode of “E&P Reports,” professor and media historian Jon Marshall offers an overview of his latest book, “Clash: Presidents and the Press in Times of Crisis.” During the broadcast, he discusses some of the most interesting ways that over 200 years of various white house administrations dealt with the press.
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The minority owned, trilingual La Gaceta newspaper carries on its heritage of informing and entertaining its readers.

In 1913, Victoriano Manteiga came to the United States from Cuba and went to work as a “lector,” reading the news of the day to the immigrant workers of the Morgan Cigar Factory in Ybor City, a National Historic Landmark District in Tampa. In 1922 he founded a newspaper for those workers that is now celebrating 100-years of service. Today Victoriano’s grandson Patrick Manteiga is “at the helm" of La Gaceta, the nation’s only trilingual newspaper still informing, influencing, and thriving as it publishes weekly in English, Spanish and Italian.
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New association’s name adds a 'slash' becoming: News/Media Alliance

In this 137th episode of “E&P Reports," David Chavern, president and CEO of News Media Alliance, is joined by Rita Cohen, president and CEO of The Association of Magazine Media, to talk about why these two organizations have merged and what the future holds for the new association that represents hundreds of publishers nationwide.
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In this 136th episode of "E&P Reports," Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism's Founder & Chairman Stewart Bainum, Jr. and CEO Imtiaz Patel chat about their 18-month journey together, first to try to acquire the 184-year-old Baltimore Sun and then their "pivot" to launch a nonprofit news start-up The Baltimore Banner, to accomplish their mission to become Baltimore’s “leading provider of news and lifestyle content."
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Sophisticated technologies now make video manipulation easier and potentially more dangerous

On this 135th episode of E&P Reports Sam Gregory, program director at WITNESS.org discusses Artificial Intelligence (AI) in video and audio and how computer-generated graphics (CGI) technologies have gotten exponentially more sophisticated and accessible in recent years.
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In this 134th episode of "E&P Reports," Borrell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell breaks down the numbers in their latest Local Digital Advertising Benchmark Study. Also joining in the conversation to offer insight into how this information can benefit the news media industry are Angela Betasso, president and CEO, JDA Media andTom Sly, VP, revenue national media at The E.W. Scripps Company.
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In this 133rd episode of “E&P Reports,” Liz White, Publisher & Executive Vice President of Record-Journal Publishing Company (R-J Media), is joined by Strategic Sales Manager Jaime Gianini to explain how they developed, presented and eventually gained approval for the “Meriden Business Boost” program, that allows 150 local businesses to tap into American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to advertise with their company for free!
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Meet Ben August, NYC's newest publisher

In this 132nd episode of E&P Reports, Ben August, the new owner and publisher of The Chief, New York City’s weekly newspaper for municipal workers, explains why he is spending less time on his Napa Vineyard and more time devoted to transforming a more than 100-year-old newspaper into a modernized voice for workers everywhere.
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In this 131st episode of “E&P Reports,” we explore the world of publishing a weekly newspaper in a remote Alaskan community with the Cordova Times' editor Annette Potter and contributing writer Zachary Snowdon Smith. This tribal owned publication needs to find a new owner to relocate to what Niche.com describes as "one of the best places to live in Alaska."
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In this 130th episode of "E&P Reports," meet two former editorial staff members of Lee Enterprises’ Roanoke (VA) Times, Luanne Rife and Dwayne Yancey, who both resigned to start this growing online-only, non-profit start-up, The Cardinal News, as their Executive Director/ Chief Development Officer and Editor-in-Chief (respectively).
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Debate on public notices shines a light on changing relationships between news publishers and state legislators

In this 129th episode of "E&P Reports," Editor & Publisher hosts a panel of news publishing leaders on how this reversal may have been avoided and what the future may hold as states might be compelled to mimic Florida's actions. Speaking on this topic are Dean Ridings, CEO of America's Newspapers; Jim Fogler, President & CEO; Florida Press Assoc., Brad Thompson, CEO Detroit Legal News; Don Craven, President & CEO, Illinois Press Assoc.; Samuel Morley, General Counsel, Florida Press Assoc. and Bill Barker, Founder & CEO, Barker Strategic Solutions and past Regional President for Gannett Florida.
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In this 128th episode of “E&P Reports,” Column founder and CEO Jake Seaton talks with E&P about the compelling data his company compiled, showing how efficiently the current public notice system in Florida is working, as well as his experiences meeting with legislators and giving testimony to try to keep a 68-day old law from being repealed
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War breaks out during his 1st week at USA Today

In this 127th episode of “E&P Reports,” syndicated columnist Rex Huppke discusses how in his youth, he made a change from a career in chemical engineering to journalism and what it is like today to write his style of political humor in such a polarized country. Plus, E&P Publisher Mike Blinder asks Rex how he comes up with his topics and reviews those debut columns for USA TODAY as war breaks out in Europe.
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In this 126th episode of “E&P Reports," Russell Midori, President of Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) discusses how they support career growth for vets in the news publishing industry. Joining in is Lori King, host and producer of the MVJ podcast “Sword & Pen” and a journalism instructor at The University of Toledo and Kent State University.
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In this 125th episode of “E&P Reports,” industry veterans Jed Williams and David Arkin talk about their new project: Check Out DFW and why their business model is centered around marketing partnerships, advertising, and a good deal of sponsored content.
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The importance of DEI and what news publishers can do now to reflect the communities we serve

In this 124th episode of “E&P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder interviews Larry Graham, founder and executive director of The Diversity Pledge Institute, along with Doris Truong, Director of Training and Diversity at The Poynter Institute, about the importance of achieving more diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the news publishing industry and what resources are available now to help executives accomplish those goals.
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Meet Joel Langton of the 830 Times.

In this 123rd episode of "E&P Reports," Publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Joel Langton, the air force public affairs veteran who saved a Texas border town from becoming a news desert with a thriving, local news outlet publishing an ad packed, free weekly newspaper.
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A preview of today's Congressional hearing

The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) hopes to bring Big Tech to the bargaining table with U.S. news publishers. On this 122nd episode of E&P Reports, Danielle Coffey, executive vice president and general counsel for the News Media Alliance (NMA), and economist Dr. Hal Singer, managing director, Econ One, discuss why this legislation is urgently needed and offer advance insight into this week’s Congressional hearing before the Senate's Antitrust Committee, where the JCPA will be debated and Dr. Singer will be testifying.
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In this 121st episode of "E&P Reports," Publisher Mike Blinder chats with industry technology veteran Kurt Jackson about his views on all aspects of news publishing, including cutting back on print frequency, how selling digital ads CAN support a local newsroom, why Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act should be repealed and lots more.
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One recipient, Block Club Chicago, hopes to “supercharge” operations with the funding

In the past 30 days, the American Journalism Project (AJP) awarded a grant of $1.6 million to Block Club Chicago and contributed to the $20 million in seed money to a new, nonprofit, Houston-based local news outlet. E&P Reports takes an in-depth look at the AJP’s mission of “empowering communities, preserving democracy and rebuilding local news” and how one organization hopes to “supercharge” operations with this recent funding.
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In this 119th episode of E&P Reports, Jim Brown of Borrell Associates reveals the findings of their newly released Auto Advertising Outlook study that shows a major shift (and 11% increase for newspapers) in ad spending. Offering insight are long-time auto industry veteran and JDA media’s SVP Pat Norris & E&P's "Ad Sales Life" contributor Richard E. Brown.
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In this 118th episode of E&P Reports, Publisher Mike Blinder is joined by Roxanne Cooper, executive editor and publisher at Raw Story and two of the journalists who shared their reporting experiences on the January 6th attack — Jordan Green, staff reporter at Raw Story, and Christopher Jones, a former U.S. Marine turned Report for America journalist who now reports for the GroundTruth Project, 100 Days in Appalachia and the 2021 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for hard news reporting.
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Digital news publisher integrates news and the social media experience

In this 117th episode of "E&P Reports" Publisher Mike Blinder speaks with 6AM City CEO Ryan Johnston about the growth of this local news "disruptor" that now publishes newsletters 5 days-a-week in 24 U.S. cities. 
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As live conferences return and industry moguls get a chance to mingle again, there is no question that Borrell Miami on March 6-8th at the Miami Hilton will once again be a "who's who" of C-suite executives from all sectors of media. In this 116th episode of E&P Reports, Publisher Mike Blinder welcomes Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates, who offers a preview of what to expect at Borrell Miami 2022.
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U.S. publishers take on the Big Tech platforms, accusing them of monopolistic advertising practices and unfair copyright violations

The case spearheaded by HD Media now has approximately 30 co-plaintiffs, representing more than 200 newspaper titles across North America. David Chavern, President / CEO of the News Media Alliance and Lee Wolverton, VP News/ Executive Editor at HD Media chat with E&P's Contributing Editor Gretchen Peck and Publisher Mike Blinder about the latest developments in the class action lawsuit naming both Google and Facebook as defendants and why more publishers are needed now, to participate.
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Exploring the life of a small town online-only news publisher

In this 114th episode of “E&P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with industry veteran and founding board member of Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION), Howard Owens about his 14 years as a local online-only news publisher and his feelings on the future of the industry as a whole.
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Asked to sign a pledge in support of Israel, one publisher took a stand

In this 113th episode of “E&P Reports, Alan Leveritt publisher of the Arkansas Times and ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Brian Hauss talk about a two year battle, that has gained international prominence, between the Times and the state of Arkansas, on the newspapers’ refusal to sign a pledge to support Israel in order to continue receiving advertising dollars from the state university. Also, on the program appears award winning film producer Julia Bacha, who has just completed a documentary on the impact of state legislation designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record.
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What the heck does it mean?

On this 112th episode of E&P Reports, Host Mike Blinder speaks with Gordon Borrell, founder and principal of Borrell Associates; Rick Edmonds, media business analyst for Poynter Institute; Steven Waldman, president and co-founder of Report for America; and Gretchen A. Peck, contributing editor at E&P, about Alden Global Capital’s offer to buy Lee Enterprises. They talk about the offer, the timing, the oncoming culture clash if the deal goes through, the possibility of pleading an anti-trust case, and so much more.
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In this 111th episode of “E&P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with TV ad sales expert Jim Doyle to learn more about his new book: “Selling with a Servant Heart” and how any salesperson, sales manager or media company as a whole can benefit from adopting this approach to advertising sales.
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On this 110th episode of E&P Reports, Publisher and Host Mike Blinder sat down with the National Newspapers Association’s (NNA) chair, Brett Wesner, and E&P contributing editor Gretchen Peck to talk about the urgency for advocacy for the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA).
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In this 109th episode of "E&P Reports," Publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Adam Darsky to learn about his leap from major market, network news TV producer to head of content for over 90 hyper-local, online only news Websites.
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In this 108th episode of "E&P Reports," Publisher Mike Blinder explores Native American news publishing and its challenges in providing free and unfettered news to the indigenous American populations it serves.
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Live from the America's Newspapers' Senior Leadership Conference

In this 107th episode of “E&P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder moderates, live from America's Newspaper's Senior Leadership Conference, a panel of industry executives that includes Heidi Wright, COO and Publisher, EO Media Group; Tim Prince, Senior Vice President, Boone Newspapers, Inc; PJ Browning, President and Publisher, The Post and Courier and John Rung, President and CEO, Shaw Media who address some important predictions on what the future holds for news publishers.
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In this 106th episode of "E&P Reports," Publisher Mike Blinder interviews CherryRoad's CEO Jeremy Gulban about why his technology company is "all-in" with newspaper ownership and his plans for managing their 27 local publications. And does his future include more growth in the news publishing industry? Also appearing in this episode is Sara April, from Dirks, Van Essen & April, who talks about the recent sale and offers her perspective on the current mergers & acquisition landscape for both buyers and sellers.
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In this 105th Episode of “E&P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder explores Raw Story’s editorial mission and today’s news media ecosystem as a whole, with their Publisher, Roxanne Cooper, staff reporter Jordan Green and contributor David Cay Johnston.
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In this 104th episode of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder speaks with Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) immediate past president and opinion editor at the San Diego News and Tribune, Matt Hall along with chair of the Freedom of Information Task Force of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and editor at the Chesapeake Bay Journal, Tim Wheeler about how these two organizations (and 23 others) are working towards helping the industry gain more media access to government employees without censorship and controls.’’
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In this 103rd episode of “E&P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder speaks with Nick Charles, The Managing Director for Word in Black, Francis (Toni) Draper, CEO/Publisher The Baltimore/ Washington AFRO and Larry Lee, President, Publisher at The Sacramento Observer. They discuss the state of the Black-owned newspaper industry and what Word in Black is doing to support these publishers.
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In this 102nd episode of “E&P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder speaks with JournalList.net founder and Executive Director Scott Yates about their mission to have the Trust.txt reference document adopted and utilized by journalistic sites worldwide as a means to establish their authority as a trusted, credible, legitimate news outlet.
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In this episode of E&P reports, Publisher Mike Blinder interviews Terrence Williams, President & COO of the Keene Sentinel and Julianna Dodson, the director of Radically Rural, on how their yearly "Summit" has grown from a small-town gathering to an event attended by people from across North America. We also discuss how this year's event focuses on helping to ensure the financial health of local journalism.
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In this 100th Episode of “E&P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with industry veteran Henry Scott on his 8-years building a successful, profitable local news Website and what key lessons he learned others could use to mimic that success. Included on the Vodcast page is a link to download Scott's FREE 20-page report.
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Meet the new CEO at The Center for Public Integrity.

In this episode of E&P Reports, Publisher Mike Blinder speaks with Center for Public Integrity new CEO Paul Cheung and Editor-in-Chief Matt DeRienzo about the organization's near-term plans. They also discuss how Cheung's digital background may affect their methods to continue in their mission to fight inequality in America.
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In this episode of “E&P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Canadian digital news disruptor Observer Media Group’s CEO and Co-Founder Farhan Mohamed about their business model, editorial focus and plans for expansion across North America.
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Meet Greg Little author of "- 30 -"

In this episode of “E&P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder speaks with Greg Little author of “-30- Why Small-Town American Print Journalism is Anything But Dead,” about why he wrote the book, his opinions on the future of community journalism, and what advice he would give any budding journalist who wishes to enter the industry.
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In this episode of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder discusses the Local Journalism Sustainability Act with Alan Fisco, president of America’s Newspapers and president of The Seattle Times Company; Dean Ridings, CEO of America’s Newspapers; and Francis Wick, CEO of Wick Communications. They discuss why the next few weeks are critical for all news publishers to lobby their local representatives to support the bill.
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A collaboration of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN), the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)

Last week, E&P Publisher Mike Blinder hosted a panel discussion about the GNI Ad Transformation Lab at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia's annual conference. This Episode of “E&P Reports” is a recording of that live panel discussion about the program’s work to help Black and Latino news publishers advance their advertising strategies and grow digital revenue.
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In this episode of "E&P Reports," Publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with ING Board Member Steve Mattingly, SVP of Sales & Marketing at Southern Lithoplate, to gain insight into the future of the still vital production/operations sector of the news publishing business. Topics include how the industry consolidation will affect bottom lines and what the future looks like for print as a profitable platform for news content.
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In this episode of “E & P Reports,” Publisher Mike Blinder chats with Hearst Connecticut Media Group's senior management about their new statewide website along with what steps they took to realize such strong print and digital subscription growth over the past 2-years.
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In this episode of “E&P Reports” publisher Mike Blinder chats with media sales coach Ryan Dohrn about how ad sellers should adapt to a post-pandemic world. Dohrn offers actionable advice on how we can find, recruit, and keep sales talent. What are our best target business categories to prospect? How do we interact properly in a new Zoom world and use it to your advantage with potential and existing advertisers?
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In this episode of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder chats with Galveston Daily News publisher Leonard Woolsey and editor Michael Smith about what it was like to report locally in a city that quickly gained worldwide prominence as the “home” of Juneteenth.
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In this segment of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder speaks with UNC Chapel Hill Ph.D. candidate Deborah Dwyer about her research and work on compiling best practices of “unpublishing” the news. Also appearing is one of the initiative’s advisors Kathy English, chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
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In this segment of “E&P Reports” Publisher Mike Blinder interviews Max Kabat Owner/Publisher of The Big Bend Sentinel on how starting a restaurant/ bar/ coffeehouse in their lobby helps fund local journalism and brings the community to them.
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In this episode of Editor & Publisher’s Vodcast: “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder checks in with Lookout Local's CEO Ken Doctor and Chief Revenue Officer Jed Williams, on how the new local news model startup Lookout Local is doing 6-months after launch.
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In this episode of “E&P Reports” learn what it was like to manage a newsroom through crises with Minneapolis Star Tribune editor and senior vice president Rene Sanchez, managing editor and vice president Suki Dardarian, and newly appointed managing editor for diversity and community Kyndell Harkness.
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In this segment of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder chats with Zach Richner and Jeremy Mims of Arrandale Ventures about how their new venture capital firm works, and what the benefits and risks are for a media company to participate in providing ads in exchange for earning equity in start-up companies.
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In this segment of "E&P Reports," publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with diplomat, journalist, political activist and author: Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph, on topics that range from the start of his newspaper and how he influenced change during the cruel dictatorship years in Haiti under the regime of “Papa Doc” Duvalier, to his opinions on the importance of a free press.
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In this segment of ‘E&P REPORTS' Publisher Mike Blinder discusses with President & COO Alec Johnson why the company decided to bring back the Ogdensburg Journal and their strong commitment to printing a quality product in a growing digital world.
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In this 'E&P REPORTS,' Mike Blinder, publisher of E&P Magazine, chats with Larry Ryckman editor at The Sun, along with Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro Co-Founder of The National Trust for Local News, on how the forming of a public benefit corporation helped make the purchase of the weekly newspapers of Colorado Community Media possible.
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Dr. Chyi's study reveals empirical data on the impact of COVID-19 on 20 major market newspapers' print and digital circulation. The report shows that digital subscriptions between 2019 and Q3 2020 went up by 64 percent, while print circulation dropped by an average of 21 percent.
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In this edition of “E&P REPORTS,” Publisher Mike Blinder chats with City Pulse’s Owner and Publisher Berl Schwartz and Managing Editor Kyle Kaminski about how cannabis has built an audience and needed revenue for their media company. Plus, they’ll share their views on covering Michigan state politics as Governor Gretchen Whitmer gains national attention in a politically polarized country.
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In this segment of “E&P Reports,” E&P publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Paul Glader, associate professor at The King's College in New York City, to discuss a new tool called VettNews Cx that is “reimagining how modern newsrooms handle corrections., ” and why new methods of handling consumer feedback can help us not only provide more accurate information but provide better audience loyalty.
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With a world permanently changed by the global pandemic, what is in store for news publishers, and how should we best meet the challenges ahead? E&P assembled four industry leaders to address this issue.
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In this segment of E&P REPORTS, Mike Blinder, publisher of E&P, goes one-on-one with Tom Shaw, VP and chief product officer of Shaw Media, to learn more about their new news consolidation model --Shaw Local. And how it may not just benefit their company but the industry. Plus, we learn Shaw's thoughts about the industry's relationship and future with Google and Facebook, growing advertising revenue and building diversity in our newsrooms, and Shaw Media's plans for growth in the future.
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In this edition of "E&P REPORTS," publisher Mike Blinder discusses with Guy Roginson, executive editor of Talking Glass Media, how publishing Good News to Central Arizona has resulted in significant growth in readership and revenue for the company.
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In this segment of "E&P REPORTS," Publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Borrell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell on the initial findings from their study on what opportunities are available now for newspapers to garner new ad dollars.
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In this segment of E&P Reports, publisher Mike Blinder discusses with Damian Radcliffe, the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism at the University of Oregon. He discusses his current findings from his latest study on the impact of COVID-19 on journalism and what trends he sees in the other research projects he is currently working on.
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John Kelly 1-on-1 with E&P's Mike Blinder

Many know newspaper industry veteran John Kelly, who has spent over 30-years in sales leadership positions. John is still consulting today and publishing a daily newsletter as well as speaking his mind when it comes to the state of the industry today. Mike Blinder, Publisher of E&P Magazine, chats with John, as these two sales “warhorses” talk about their views on what it takes to succeed in ad sales as well as the challenges we face in a world beset by a pandemic and corporate takeovers.
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In this segment of E&P Reports, Nancy Lane, CEO of The Local Media Association who is helping fund and guide the project, along with: Shana Black, founder and publisher of Black Girl Media; Kevin Lloyd, founder and chief executive officer of Columbus Black and Ken Schneck, editor of The Buckeye Flame speak on their common goals to help address the health care disparities their readers experience, plus other common topics of concern their communities share with each other.
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In the segment of E&P Reports publisher Mike Blinder has a lively conversation with Brewster Kale, founder of The Internet Archive. Kale speaks about how he feels about digital privacy, the future of content distribution and compensation, and why the preservation and access to historical content is a matter of paramount importance.
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New Jersey Hills Media Group, which serves 50 communities in north central NJ, is now transitioning to ownership by a new non-profit entity, the Corporation for NJ Local Media (CNJLM) which has a mission to “build strong communities through journalism and civic engagement.” Learn more about how this sale took place and what plans are underway in converting this family-owned group to a non-profit local news entity.
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An Exclusive E&P Reports Interview

HD Media, the West Virginia-based publisher of the Charleston Gazette-Mail & the Herald-Dispatch, is making its own news with the recent announcement that they have filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook. The purpose is to hopefully help the entire industry receive some form of compensation from the 70% plus of local advertising revenue these tech giants make from the content they exploit.
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It wasn’t too long ago that the family-owned Silver City (N.M.) Daily Press Publishing Co. announced  that it would print its final edition. But, 24 hours later, it was still printing under new, local ownership. It was then-general manager Nickolas Siebel (now publisher) who quickly reached out to local civic leaders for help in putting together a loan to allow him to keep this hometown paper alive.
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Printing 300,000+ dailies, 160,000+ weeklies and 180,000+ shoppers, Trib Total Media (TTM) still has a strong commitment to print along with a full-service agency as well. And even in a COVID-19 impacted marketplace, TTM achieved close to 90 percent of last year’s revenue. 
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The Webster-Kirkwood (MO) Times is back in print following their shutdown in March due to Covid-19. The comeback is due to donations from loyal readers and the focus and energy of managers who worked with the local business community to craft a deal to keep this paper printing! E&P goes one-on-one with two of the Webster-Kirkwood (MO) Times’ manager/owners.
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Industry sales guru Ryan Dohrn is a globally recognized media revenue consultant. In this segment of E&P Reports, E&P publisher Mike Blinder, who also has a sales consulting background, goes one-on-one with Dohrn to discuss what tactics he would recommend to any media sales rep in order to prosper and win in 2021.
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A recent study conducted by The Whitman Insight Strategies Initiative and Creative Circle Media Solutions takes a deep dive into how a global pandemic has affected the actual feelings and emotions of local media consumers. One of the key takeaways revealed  from "The Covid-19 Societal Impact Study" is that even though half of those polled say that they lack confidence in news media, those perceptions do not extend to local community media, where those same viewers and readers state they have a much higher trust. Moreover, when asked where they go for essential information about COVID-19, local news scored much higher than cable news and social media channels.
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In this segment of E&P Reports, Editor and Publisher's Mike Blinder interviews Coastside News Groups publisher Debra Hershon and editorial director Clay Lambert on how they were able to find investors to invest in local journalism and what it takes to build and maintain a local media company that is owned by local investors.
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E&P Reports Video/Podcast

Mike Blinder, publisher of Editor and Publisher Magazine, learns from Joshua Schneps, CEO and Publisher of Schneps Media, what drives this company’s success and how they continue to grow audience in the nation’s largest media market.
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An E&P Reports Video/Podcast

John C. Tompkins left college his junior year to buy his first newspaper. Today, he is the owner of News Media Corp., which owns 65 papers serving smaller cities and towns with populations of 5,000 to 50,000.
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Vision25: "Building Racial Equity in Newsrooms” is a new initiative with a goal to be a major catalyst creating social change within journalistic institutions that help newsrooms be anti-racist and collaborative...
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Aequalitas is Latin for “equality.” But there is very little equal to today’s struggling media outlets at the growing Aequalitas Media Group, who now owns eight publications …
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The Branded Content Project today released the results of a report on content marketing in collaboration with Borrell Associates Inc., which found that, despite the effect Covid-19 had on businesses, content marketing remained relatively steady and is projected to be more of a priority in 2021. In this segment of E&P Reports, Mike Blinder speaks with Julia Campbell of the Branded Content Project and Corey Elliott of Borrell Associates about the report's findings and what local media can do to seize the opportunities of content marketing.
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"Publishing During a Pandemic" is a new free authored by Dr. Samir Husni, Director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media. In this segment of E&P Reports, E&P publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Husni to gain what insights he learned through the new book as well as how he feels about the future of news publishing and the survival of printed media.
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One of the most anticipated media studies is the yearly release of the Borrell Associates’ Local Advertiser Survey where thousands of local advertisers complete more than 40 questions, yielding …
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In Memphis, Tenn., the Daily Memphian just celebrated its second anniversary. The website currently boasts more than 14,000 digital-only subscribers each paying an average of $9/month for the content …
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This one-hour roundtable is a discussion on the future of news media. Topics include: Will reader revenue ever rise to a level to fund our newsrooms; how to recruit and maintain talent in turbulent times; should local media be compensated by Facebook & Google for the content these platforms monetize; how is hedge fund consolidation affecting the industry; and what does the future hold.
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Many people were shocked last April when the Tampa Bay Times, the flagship newspaper of the Poynter Institute and the largest newspaper in Florida, made the decision to reduce its print frequency to …
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For more than a decade, media analyst Ken Doctor sat on the sidelines evaluating, commenting and even making sweeping predictions about where the news publishing industry was heading and how he felt about the factors that impacted it. But today, Ken has moved into the fray as CEO of a new startup he has been teasing the industry about called Lookout Local.
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A new 10-minute survey, supported by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, is asking local journalists and news publishers to share their story and experiences during the challenges of 2020, as part of a project examining the health of local newspapers.
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Entry deadline August 30th

This year, Christian Hendricks, president of the Local Media Consortium, will head-up the judging for Editor and Publisher’s EPPY Awards. In this interview Hendricks urges small market digital leaders with limited resources who’ve created a platform or initiative that deserves recognition to make sure they enter the competition. 
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Contact Your Legislators to Support HR 7640

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic damage across virtually every sector of the news publishing industry. News deserts are being created by the end of local journalism, but HR 7640--The Local Journalism Sustainability Act may be part of the solution.
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