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It appears the United States Postal Service (USPS) is jumping on the bandwagon, adding one more financial and operational burden to newspapers nationwide. Effective Aug. 29, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved raising rates for newspapers to 9%. The National Newspaper Association (NNA) and News Media Alliance pushed back on these increases.
On Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 24, 2021), Lee Enterprises, announced in a press release that “its Board of Directors has unanimously adopted a limited-duration shareholder rights plan (Rights Plan)." Within the statement from Lee Chairman Mary Junck: "Consistent with its fiduciary duties, Lee's Board has taken this action to ensure our shareholders receive fair treatment, full transparency and protection in connection with Alden's unsolicited proposal to acquire Lee."
The Scott C. Schurz Press Freedom Teacher Award celebrates teachers worldwide who educate young people about the need for journalism and the real-world dangers to journalists everywhere. This year, the award recognizes three outstanding educators from three continents.
News publishers have shared in the hardships along the way, struggling to balance the duty to inform the public about stats, guidelines and mandates with the need to operate responsibly and protect their employees from being harmed or from harming others, which was a concern for journalists working in the field. E&P felt it was vital to take the industry's pulse and understand the COVID-19 challenges that have passed and those that linger. So we asked our readers to take a short survey to let us know about their pandemic-related policies and how they're fairing today.
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On Monday, Nov. 29, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), along with his colleagues Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01) introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at supporting and protecting local journalism, and honoring its role in bolstering our democracy, holding government accountable, and informing the electorate.
With the acquisition, Ogden Newspapers will publish 54 daily newspapers and a number of weekly newspapers and magazines in 18 states.
By 2020, out of the 3,000-plus U.S. counties, half had just one local print newspaper of any kind. Only a third had a daily newspaper. Over 200 counties had no newspaper whatsoever. This trend in local news has been life-changing, of course, for the employees who lose their jobs and incomes. But even more concerning is what happens to the communities they used to serve — and, more broadly, what happens to our society and our ability to self-govern when local news dries up.
Alden previously gained seats on the board of Tribune Publishing as part of its strategy for acquiring control of that company.
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HINSDALE, MA. & CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (November 15, 2021) – Wallit, a state-of-the-art software firm based in Milwaukee, which provides paywall services to dozens of publishers throughout the United States, has sold a majority stake to MvWd Enterprises, a media group based in the Berkshires (western Massachusetts) and New York's Capital Region. MvWd Enterprises is headed by Warren Dews, Jr. and Mark Vinciguerra.
VoicePort, LLC, a leading customer self-service automation software provider serving the newspaper and subscription industry, acquired Innovative Systems Design Inc. (ISD Chatterbox), effective Nov. 1.
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