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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
As we navigate the changes in our media sales world right now, I think it’s important to focus on the Post-COVID Customer Needs Assessment.    We’re living in a world where … more
16th Century British statesman Edmund Burke was purported to have said on the floor of the House of Commons, "there were three Estates … but in the Reporters Gallery yonder, there sat a fourth … more
As of today, The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced that there will be three presidential debates this year. Wouldn’t it be interesting if we urged Joe Biden to not only announce his running mate, but spend the next few weeks searching and vetting, then also announcing his picks for his key cabinet posts... more
More local newspapers will shut down this year than in recent memory. New rounds of newsroom layoffs are turning others into weak and woefully incomplete stewards of local journalism. With no witnesses, reports of corruption and incompetence in powerful institutions will go down, as corruption and incompetence in powerful institutions actually increases. No one will be watching. more
This year’s Pulitzer Prizes have come and gone, a nice reminder of the types of stories the industry spent time tackling before we were forced to live and breathe coronavirus. But a couple … more
It doesn’t take much to have a negative outlook right now. Times are uncertain, and none of us know exactly how or when the pandemonium will be resolved. But rather than hunker down until the … more
To say 2020 has been a tumultuous year would be an understatement. A global pandemic is ravaging public health and the economy, protests against racism and police brutality are gripping the nation, and our politics have become even more polarized. more
The dramatic impact that the novel coronavirus has had on the United States and the world is undeniable. There are many different ways to view what has happened, and I do not wish to be … more
Like the rest of the country, I was stunned and in disbelief as I watched the television broadcasts and read the accounts about the attacks on journalists covering the protests over George Floyd, a black man, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn. on May 25. From Los Angeles to New York City, journalists, along with protesters, were being arrested, hit with rubber bullets, pepper-sprayed and more. According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, as of the first week of June, there have been more than 400 incidents reported at national George Floyd protests. more
It’s not exactly news that everyone is scrambling for answers right now. And while I’ve seen a lot of good leaders step up to the plate, it’s hard to play this game when the rules shift on a daily basis. And it’s no surprise that so many people are struggling when the ground continues to shift beneath our feet. Every week there’s a new choice from your local, state, or federal government, there’s new information about COVID-19 and its transmission, and no matter what you chose yesterday, the new day may force you to reevaluate and consider if your choices are worth maintaining. more
They were easing into it before coronavirus and an economic crisis happened. Now faced with an unprecedented fight for survival, we can expect newspapers across the country to reposition themselves as a public good and seek philanthropic funding. … more
If there is one thing I'm certain of, it is that 253 years ago, a group of very imperfect men crafted a perfect document. And within those amazing mass of words that has survived so many tests and challenges, is a simple First Amendment that grants … more
COVID-19. It’s a combination of letters and numbers most of us had never seen placed together just a few short months ago. Now it dominates everything we do as journalists, from covering daily press briefings to chronicling the outbreak’s impact … more
Our June issue usually features the winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes, along with the photos of smiling newsrooms around the country popping champagne, embracing their colleagues in warm hugs, and even shedding some happy tears. But like much … more
In my most recent CEO position, I had the reins for eight years. During that time, we rolled out two significant transformational plans with similar scope, but vastly different time to completion. I’d like to examine each of these initiatives and … more
Opinion: Mike Blinder, Publisher Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and no one knows that more than news publishers who welcome different voices within their platforms in order to influence, engage and sometimes enrage their readers. As … more
As I write this month’s editorial, I’m sitting in my new home office—my bedroom. You may be reading this in your new home office too. Maybe it’s your living room or the dining room table. Maybe it’s in between home schooling your children. … more
To stem the decline of local journalism, we will have to experiment with new business models and adapting old ones. Figure out digital subscriptions and membership programs. Find publishers’ place in an advertising landscape where programmatic … more
I’m not proud to admit it, but like most journalists, I Google my own name from time to time. Usually I’m either bored or simply looking to see if a story I’ve written has gotten much traction. But over the years I’ve noticed the website … more
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