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It would be challenging to detail even a fraction of the loss, grief, anxiety and fear we have suffered in 2020; the breakdown of political and governmental norms; the degree of reckoning we are … more
An incoming phone call on your landline would knock you offline. Netscape was the most used browser. Amazon was in its infancy and sold only books. Google, Facebook and Twitter had yet to spring into … more
As we all keep going and the pandemic drags on, there’s a temptation to just “hang in there” until normal comes back around. But as many people are realizing, normal isn’t … more
If I had the chance to interview the incoming president, I’m not exactly sure what I wouldn’t ask him. The choice between the current president and Republican candidate Donald Trump and former vice president and Democratic candidate Joe Biden left me with a sense of dread for the upcoming election. I honestly had no drive to vote at all... more
It’s that time of year again where we honor our Publisher of the Year. Every year, we search for the individual who has “risen above the rest,” but honestly, it seems unfair to name … more
The phrase “unprecedented times” has become a platitude at this point, and while this situation is unique, I believe that we can draw from past experiences to help navigate these new … more
Raise your hand if you have Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus world map in your bookmarks? For reporters covering the coronavirus pandemic (and let’s face it, most of us are in … more
As Election Day nears, the stakes of this election are coming into sharper focus. For news organizations, this election, specifically election night represents a crucial moment for the institution of … more
Racist journalism literally cost lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago. Racist journalism has allowed police to get away with lying and wrongfully arresting and imprisoning … more
In an age where it is not uncommon to use “quarantine” and “racial justice” in the same sentence, credible editorial pages are arguably more important than ever. The world is seeking answers and trustworthy opinions to help make sense of what is all around them. more
Converting seven-day print readers into digital readers is no small feat, but Larry Graham, a 40-year industry pro and the current circulation director at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, along with … more
Next month, the election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will come to a head. The road to Election Day 2020 has had its twists and turns, and certainly covering an … more
Congress is doing a tremendous service by scrutinizing the excessive, harmful market power of online platforms such as Google and Facebook. Recent hearings with tech CEOs revealed as much about … more
Citizens across the United States are in the process of deciding which candidates have earned their votes for elected office, using the information available to them. Voters are being provided with … more
Managing tomorrow is not going to be like managing yesterday. The coronavirus has changed everything about how we work, and we are going to see that impact ripple throughout businesses for a long … more
It’s easy to think of the coronavirus pandemic as a health story. It’s also a vehicle for enterprise storytelling, service journalism, and (sadly) political coverage. It’s even … more
For news organizations betting the future on consumer revenue, there might not be a more important key performance indicator than “known readers.” Publishers who’ve had success … more
We were colored. The New York Times, the United States Census and others agreed. There was discussion and consternation, and we became negroes. Once we left being colored behind and became … more
I’m not sure newsrooms should be using polling information less in the future, but they should instead present the results as they actually are—mere estimates. Only after the polls were deemed to be obviously flawed—i.e. after President Trump took his surprising win in 2016—did we start hearing about why those polling results may have been flawed. more
In graduate school, my friend, Shara, bequeathed to me her graduation gown. It had also been given to her from a graduating student the previous year and before that another student. Now the gown was … more
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