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The economic effects of COVID-19 on communities worldwide are wreaking havoc on the advertising marketplaces on which media companies rely to fund journalism, according to speakers addressing the INMA Virtual World Congress Monday. The road to … more
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will unveil a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package that includes sought-after provisions to assist a wider scope of newspapers, radio and TV stations. The proposal makes local news outlets eligible for small-business … more
As local businesses began opening this week, The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown offered each business a free print advertisement in the newspaper as each reopens its storefront. The advertisement can be used to announce that the business once again is open to the public, explain any new procedures that might be necessary or to communicate new hours of operation. more
Matthew Kaminski must be one of the very few bosses in journalism still thinking about expansion. While thousands of publications across the world face cuts due to a collapse in the advertising market, the editor-in-chief of Politico is still … more
While digital ad revenue is down across the board, there are pockets of opportunity bubbling up that some publishers are leaning into. Publishers say there’s more activity from direct-to-consumer advertisers, those who continue to spend money … more
The Baltimore Sun has just won the Pulitzer prize for local reporting, despite years of job cuts and as the coronavirus pandemic appears set to ravage the nation’s journalism sector even more. But now as media experts warn the coronavirus is an … more
After waking up on a recent Monday, Ron Dudley pulled on his Washington Nationals jersey and walked down his street, past a bus stop where he had slept one night, and stopped in front of Trader Joe’s for the first time in three weeks. “When … more
As the economy begins to reopen, unions covering newsroom workers are encouraging employers to “protect as many jobs as possible during this crisis” and to adopt coronavirus testing and “strict contact tracing” protocols to prevent the … more
The New York Times compiled membership lists from five press associations into a database, published on May 1, 2020 for World Press Freedom Day. The list was searchable by location, and the paper urged its national audience to support local media … more
Barstool Sports, the satirical men’s sports and lifestyle blog, is “hemorrhaging money,” according to an email sent over the weekend by its editor-in-chief, Keith Markovich. The controversial outlet’s founder Dave Portnoy also confessed … more
On day two of INMA’s Virtual World Congress, INMA Researcher-in-Residence Grzegorz Piechota offered a glimmer of hope amid the negative news about the state of media businesses struggling to survive COVID-19: Digital subscriptions. The spike in … more
Before the novel coronavirus struck the United States, there was already a small-but-measurable groundswell of support for more government support for local news. But the virus and its devastating effects on advertising—even as the audience for … more
On February 24, freelance writer Giulia Pines learned that she had lost $2,000 worth of work from a key client for the month of March. “That was my first inkling that something big was on the horizon,” Pines said. In March, work declined … more
On April 3, Mandy Jenkins paused from her work as general manager of The Compass Experiment—a partnership between Google and McClatchy to explore new business models for local news—to take a call. She had to be quick, she said. Traffic at … more
Most companies regularly take steps to make sure their ads don’t run near headlines that could upset potential customers. So news organizations weren’t surprised when advertisers canceled campaigns in recent weeks or demanded that their ads be … more
The economic slowdown affecting the U.S. is worsening an already perilous financial situation for local news organizations, especially local newspapers. While Americans are not overly concerned about the effect of the downturn on local news in their … more
Fake news laws and political interference along with growing financial pressures has left many independent media groups in developing countries fighting to survive during the pandemic. News outlets around the world have faced measures to muzzle … more
Advertising is one big disaster zone for news companies right now, with publishers’ revenues down 30, 50, even 80 percent or more. But there’s one glimmer of positive news: The pandemic seems to be pushing more people to subscribe to the news … more
McClatchy’s bankruptcy is barreling to a conclusion. Tribune’s quietly trimming its board to prepare for a merger. Google and Facebook face unprecedented calls to pay up on at least three continents. And all the while—wait for it—Alden … more
Futurist, author, and strategy advisor Ross Dawson kicked off the first module of INMA’s Virtual World Congress on Tuesday, “Where News Media Goes Next After COVID-19,” telling attendees: “There are a number of new things that are emerging … more
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