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As newspapers have struggled with the decline of advertising revenue from retail, auto, real estate and recruitment, many have leaned on preprints, legal advertising and obituaries for stability. But there are warning signs about the future of these … more
Remember that leaders emerge from crisis. A crisis can spawn innovation because we are forced to do things we would otherwise never even attempt. And staffs can pull together in a crisis. This could be our chance to truly transform our products and shine. more
If you’ve been paying attention to the world of publishing, the announcement in late January that billionaire Warren Buffett was selling his 31 newspapers to Lee Enterprises for $140 million wasn’t a surprise. As Nieman Lab reported, newspapers … more
Member supported news? It doesn’t seem that far-fetched. After all, local public radio stations have been relying on donations from listeners like you since well before I was born. So why have so many news publishers rallied around erecting … more
There are news deserts within the core coverage areas of daily newspapers in the U.S. Admitting it is the first step toward solutions that could include digital subscription models and a broader view of how to meet a community’s information needs. … more
“‘The Wonder Years’ aired from 1988 and 1993 and depicted the years between 1968 and 1973…If a new ‘Wonder Years’ premiered today, it would cover the years between 2000 and 2005.” If that makes you feel old, blame Tim Urban, who made … more
What leads people to pay for a digital subscription to a newspaper? A ton of thought and energy and data analysis have gone into that question in recent years amid the big shift from chasing ad-supported page views to reader revenue. What kinds of … more
If there’s a buzzword in journalism these days that can challenge “engagement” for newsroom supremacy, it’d probably be collaboration. It might seem like an odd pivot for an industry historically fueled by heated competition for scoops and … more
Right before the new year, a popular meme floated around social media called the 10-Year Challenge, where people compared their 2019 self to their 2009 counterpart. Some people posted embarrassing hairstyle and wardrobes choices they made; others … more
Are you ready for the great media mea culpa following the 2020 campaign? After every major election cycle of the modern era, journalists from across the country all cross their arms, hang their heads low and sadly admit their coverage once again … more
If I were running a college journalism program right now, I’d be losing sleep over some pretty basic questions. Are there far more students pursuing journalism than there will be jobs available in the field? And how will journalism students gain … more
“Hi! I’ve just been fired from Deadspin for not sticking to sports.” “Just now I resigned my position at Deadspin today along with many of my colleagues. I have been here only five months but they have been some of the best of my career and … more
How did we get to a point where the size of the audience for many local newspapers is bigger than ever thanks to digital platforms, while the public perception of their reach and impact is at an all-time low? Twenty-five years of doom and gloom … more
Obviously, there are many reasons to attend journalism conferences — networking, an excuse to leave the newsroom, open bars, self-aggrandized posturing, hanging out with friends and former colleagues. But if I’m being honest, often the best … more
Close to 100 nominations were sent in this year to be considered for our 2019 Publisher of the Year, making this group of submissions one of our strongest yet. We heard from publications from around the world in different market sizes, but we … more
A Texas nonprofit that turned criticism into cash. A look at ProPublica’s successful year-end fundraising playbook. How a hyper-local website that’s been around since 2009 recently raised $1 million from the public. These are just a handful of … more
Two things are more true than ever about the state of daily newspapers: the need for innovation and investment in new business models, and the stranglehold that ownership structure and financial pressures have on most papers’ ability to do either. … more
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
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