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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
“The question for media at the moment is can we pivot to local engagement in time to take advantage of the collapse of scale?” University of Missouri journalism professor Damon Kiesow, a former news executive with McClatchy and the Boston Globe, … more
If you took an informal poll of the colleagues you work alongside in your newsroom, I’d bet the overwhelming perception they have is that readers seem to be losing trust in journalism as a whole. While there is an undeniable partisan divide that … more
For as long as I’ve been at E&P, our March issue has always been home to our list of 10 Newspapers That Do It Right. As we state in our nomination form, the purpose is not meant to be a list of the 10 Best Newspapers, but it’s to highlight … more
The entirety of U.S. history tells us that it’s a question of when, not if, the next recession will hit. With a 10-year stretch in the 1990s as the only exception, we’ve never gone longer than eight years without one. And it’s been nine and a … more
During a New Jersey wedding back in June 2017, Jonathan Otto snapped a picture of the new bride being congratulated by none other than the President of the United States, Donald Trump. The photo of the serendipitous pop-in, which took place at Trump … more
The end of 2018 saw the best and worst of journalism. Time magazine named journalists (“The Guardians”) as their Person of the Year, honoring murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, convicted Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe … more
Slow news. It’s a phrase I’m sure you’ve already seen spread across social media. It refers to a new trend among some start-up news ventures to break free from the demands of covering breaking news to offer more contemplative coverage of … more
In the search for people willing to pay for online news, legacy news organizations and new media entrepreneurs alike are seeing promise in niche publishing with a local layer. Deep coverage of one particular topic or category in a defined geographic … more
In 2013, I interviewed Mic co-founder Jake Horowitz for a story about the news website (then known as PolicyMic) he and his college friend Chris Altchek had created for millennials. Back then, the site offered mostly social commentaries written by … more
On Oct. 2, Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey—and never walked out. Weeks later, Turkish officials said Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered as part of a premeditated … more
Here’s a counterintuitive strategy for news organizations attempting to develop digital subscriptions or paid memberships into a major source of revenue: Stop trying to monetize every single thing the newsroom does. Maybe we haven’t yet grasped … more
Do you care too much about what you see on Twitter? That’s not meant as a judgment. Let me be the first to admit I’m addicted to Twitter, and that I often waste ridiculous amounts of energy and time on the banter, conjecture and arguments about … more
America has an information inequality problem, and the people on the wrong side of it face risks to their physical and mental health, safety and financial well-being. News organizations must acknowledge that it exists and start listening to the … more
While technology continues to wreak havoc with our business (walk down the hallway and talk to your colleagues in sales about digital ad rates), one benefit is the wealth of tools and devices that make reporting stories and covering communities … more
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