States starve publishers of ad dollars if they refuse to pledge political allegiance

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.

Here are our shows from the past year

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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