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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
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
It’s important to celebrate the little victories right now. It’s how we stay sane. Even in the face of a crisis that threatens the continued existence of newspapers at all levels, … 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
News publishers have been able to apply for financial assistance under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. Should this kind of assistance become a permanent solution? 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
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