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I’ll admit it. I am a “news junkie.” I always have been. When stories break, it is not uncommon to find me monitoring multiple sites and networks seeking out all sides of a story. I also believe that a free press is essential to a democracy. I … more
The end of summer usually indicates the start of something. For students, it’s the start of a new school year. For coffee drinkers, it’s the start of Pumpkin Spice Latte. For Halloween lovers, it’s the start of their favorite holiday. For me, … more
What a helpless feeling it is when editors “do their part” for the financial health of the news business by eliminating journalism jobs. Revenue drops, newsroom expenses are cut. Rinse, repeat. Who really knows what those positions and people … more
By nearly every measure, it’s been a brutal year for American journalism. More than 3,100 journalists have been laid off in 2019, putting the industry on pace for the worst job losses since the recession of 2009. The pain inflicted on the industry … more
In July, a gunman opened fire at the local garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., shooting 15 people and killing three including a six-year-old boy. Once again, a community was left in shock over such a brutal and random attack. And once again, the … more
Google’s latest multimillion dollar mea culpa to the news industry will soon be staffing up. After spending years sucking away digital advertising revenue from newsrooms across the country, the online search giant is attempting to make amends by … more
The turmoil in the journalism business over the past decade-plus has placed a lot of attention on business models, and a lot of attention on the health and fate of the companies and organizations that employ the people who report the news. … more
In 2012, the Times-Picayune in New Orleans caused uproar in the community and news industry when it announced it would no longer be published as a daily newspaper. Instead, it would only be delivered three times a week so that the newsroom could … more
“A new study…” There are many problems in the world of journalism worth attacking—fake news, a lack of minority representation, how to adequately fund robust digital reporting. But a festering problem that exists in newsrooms across the … more
Flat is the new growth, many would say, when it comes to declining volume of daily newspaper print circulation, especially as success has been found in raising prices among the most loyal subscribers. So maybe it’s time for publishers to radically … more
Right before Memorial Weekend, GateHouse Media announced a major round of layoffs that would affect properties around the country. GateHouse is currently the largest newspaper publisher in the U.S. as far as titles go with 156 daily papers and 464 … more
By this point, the phrase “fake news” has become as ubiquitous in newsrooms as “election night pizza.” It’s a term that conjures up images of bad actors in foreign governments diligently working to undermine our democracy, or cynical … more
An unprecedented amount of formal research on digital subscription models, and a few frantic years of legacy media organizations and startups alike experimenting with them, are beginning to provide a blueprint for getting readers to pay for online … more
On April 15, hundreds of newsrooms around the country huddled around their computer screens to watch Pulitzer Prize administrator Dana Canedy announce this year’s list of winners. Among the 14 journalism category award winners were the South … more
There’s an exchange in “Spotlight,” the movie depicting the Boston Globe’s reporting on sex abuse in the Catholic Church, in which editors are speculating about the extent of the scandal. If there were 90 abusive priests, the actor … more
It’s hard to go a month these days without seeing yet another report decrying the lack of trust readers have in everyday journalism. There is no question that the relationship between journalists and the public is on shaky ground. While it is true … more
The World Wide Web celebrated 30 years on March 12 this year. To mark the occasion, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote an essay about what to expect from the next 30 years. “While the web has created opportunity, given (marginalized) groups a … more
You get what you measure. Count the number of bylines a newspaper reporter produces, and you’ll likely get more bylines. Track page views closely, and your newsroom will be far more attune to what is driving page views and how to get more of them. … more
In journalism today, it often feels like we’re addicted to trying to squeeze web traffic from the shiny new object of the month. From Pinterest to LinkedIn to Snapchat to Reddit, we’re constantly presented with new platforms we hope to exploit … more
When I was sixteen, I got my very first job, bagging groceries. I learned to keep cold items together, separate the household purchases from the food and compactly pack everything into a bag like I was playing Tetris. Today, I pretty much still do … more
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