'Unpublishing' the News

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.

Here are our shows from the past year

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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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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The Cushing (Okla.) Citizen has had many owners since its first issue came off the press in 1895. Today, (along with two other nearby publications), it is in the capable hands of J. D. Meisner, who …
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E&P Reports Podcast/ Video

Last year, the Maag-Brown family, owners of The Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator, announced it would shut down after serving its local community for 150 years. As a result, 144 employees and 250 carriers were laid off. Hearing the news, Ogden Newspapers put together a plan to publish a daily product for Youngstown and the Mahoning County, Ohio residents from their operation 16 miles north at the Warren Tribune Chronicle.
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Called a “take back the night” movement, The Relevance Project is a coordinated promotion and marketing campaign by The Newspaper Association Managers (NAM). It's designed to reposition, …
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The Local Journalism Sustainability (LJS) Act is a bi-partisan bill that would provide tax credits to support subscriptions, advertising and journalists salaries for the news industry. Learn how you can make this happen with this E&P Reports Podcast/ Video
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The entire industry was stunned when WEHCO Media announced they were planning to stop printing their flagship statewide newspaper, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and only deliver it to their …
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Ryan Dohrn on E&P Reports

Ryan Dohrn is a globally recognized media revenue consultant who has helped newspapers, niche publications, broadcast stations and online publishers generate more than $500 million in new revenue. …
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Adams' aggressive plan pays off

In March 2018, the McClatchy-owned Idaho Statesman began to print their newspaper in Twin Falls, a 2.5 hour drive from the Boise market. That June, the Adams Publishing Group's (APG) Idaho Press decided to take advantage of this change by implementing an aggressive plan to expand its news coverage and distribution area by doubling down on traditional print publications and increasing local news coverage and home delivery across the entire city of Boise.
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With the unpredictability of COVID-19’s impact on the local advertising ecosystem, Borrell Associates has revised its 2020 advertising and marketing forecasts. The bad news is that the previous …
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Evening Post Publishing, parent company of the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier, is investing in new markets, starting with Greenville and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The newspaper will hire and station reporters and editors in both markets to cover news as it occurs--direct from the source in two markets who already have daily newspapers owned by Gannett (Greenville) and McClatchy (Myrtle Beach).
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