Half of the newspapers reporters and editors are being eliminated in an oh-so-American-workplace way today. They’ve been told to go back to their cubicle farms and wait for the email which will tell them whether they’re staying or going. Read more →
We don’t like to see news blogs disappear but it’s an inescapable fact that the days are numbered for them in core media. Mainstream news organizations have had a very difficult time squaring the more personal nature of blogs, their willingness to amplify the work of newsroom competitors, and the reader community they create with the traditional practices of newsrooms. Read more →
The Capital Gazette, where five journalists were slaughtered last week because someone didn’t like the job they did, penned a disturbing ‘thank you’ in its Sunday paper.
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“I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow!” – Chase Cook, reporter, The Capital Gazette Read this thread from MPR hero Jon Collins: 2) If you want media that perfectly reflects your worldview & ideology, excluding all else, you don't want journalism, you want propaganda — Jon Collins (@JonSCollins) June Read more →
The New York Times is under fire in some quarters for spiking an on-the-record audio interview with Stephen Miller, President’s Trump’s senior policy adviser. Read more →
Rob Rogers’ anti-Trump editorial cartoons had been the source of a months-long dispute. Read more →
I don’t write fan mail. Today, I make an exception. It was announced today that Tom Weber is leaving Minnesota Public Radio.
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Color me skeptical about the latest poll purporting to show that journalists aren’t doing a good enough job of explaining how journalism works. Read more →
Mainstream news media outlets aren’t very good at covering communities of color and issues of race and class and there’s a pretty obvious reason why not: they’re mostly white. Read more →
This will come as bad news to about half the country (according to polls), but the movement to save a free press just got reinforcements.
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If you pay close attention to NPR’s Morning Edition, you’ve probably noticed a shift in the journalism. Gone — mostly — are deep dives from reporters. In are interviews with ‘newsmakers’, and it’s causing waves with NPR listeners, as NPR’s ombudsman, Elizabeth Jensen, wrote last month when she said listeners are finding it unsatisfying.
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There wasn’t anything particularly remarkable about Hal Newman’s announcement that he intends to run for mayor of Rochester.
Except that there is apparently no such person as Hal O. Newman. Hal O. Newman. Get it? Read more →
Journalists at newspapers are fighting a losing battle against the hedge fund that owns their papers because their point is being proven. It takes a strong local newspaper to effect change and shine a light on community evil. Read more →
Attribution has saved area news organizations in the defamation case that Ryan Larson has brought against them after he was incorrectly and unfairly accused of being the man who killed Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker in 2012. Read more →
Ken Doctor, of Nieman Lab, reveals that Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund that owns dozens of newspapers in the country, had a 17-percent operating margin in 2017, well above most newspaper companies. The Pioneer Press cleared $10 million in profit, a 13-percent operating margin after the company slashed the workforce to about 60 people. Read more →