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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
Our Publisher of the Year issue is one of our favorite issues to put together. It gives us a chance to hear the success stories taking place at newspapers around the country, and it gives us a glimpse of the hard work publishers are doing everyday … more
Maybe it was born out of economic necessity as newsroom staffing has been cut. Maybe it has been driven by a sense that the press at-large is under attack and democracy itself is at stake. News organizations are collaborating like never before. … more
Despite repeated promises by Facebook to help support and promote the work being done by newspapers across the country (the latest being a $3 million project to help grow subscriptions), at times it seems like all newsrooms can do is triage the … more
In August, the Atlantic published a piece by Sophie Gilbert titled “The Lazy Trope of the Unethical Female Journalist” that called out Hollywood’s treatment of women reporters. Gilbert gave several examples of how female journalists are … more
By now, chances are good every journalist in your newsroom has written at least one story that involved either embedding a tweet, including an Instagram post or quoting a source on Facebook. Turning to social media for story ideas and reaction from … more
Election season this year will be a critical opportunity for newsrooms to explain the role they play in local communities and a functioning democracy. Publishers and editors should step up to the challenge with an unprecedented level of … more
Fake. Disgusting. Failing. The enemy. Those are just a few words President Donald Trump has called media organizations, particularly the ones he doesn’t like. Trump has been spouting his anti-press comments since his presidential campaign, but now … more
Nine across. 10 letters. The clue is, “The New York Times is attracting digital subscribers with theirs.” The answer, of course, is crosswords. Specifically, the time honored, hand-curated puzzles that have appeared in the pages of the Grey Lady … more
Profits have disappeared. Survival is in question. So why don’t local news organizations just become nonprofits? It’s a question that’s been posed with increasing frequency in recent years, often in the wake of steep newsroom cuts. Hundreds of … more
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