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For centuries, what has made news valuable and news organizations profitable has been the speed at which journalists collect and disseminate information. This is useful for both commerce and public service. But the rush for novelty can prioritize … more
When it comes to the global pandemic we find ourselves in, are you tired of hearing the quote attributed to Winston Churchill? “Never waste a good crisis.” Maybe you’re also tired of quickly hearing the spirited debate about whether he … more
Over the course of 52 years at the Seattle Times, 39 as publisher, I thought I had seen it all in terms of big stories and damaging crises. Whether they are national, regional or hyperlocal, big stories demonstrate how critical are local media, led … more
Publishers are among the media companies that have seen steep drops in advertising revenue during the coronavirus pandemic, leading to calls for government programs to rescue smaller news outlets that serve the public interest. It's too early to … more
Buzzfeed’s decision to shut down its coverage of Britain and Australia is a terrible reminder of the crushing financial pressures now bearing down on news media. When COVID-19 crept undetected across the world at the start of 2020, journalists … more
The coronavirus pandemic is putting journalism to the test. The first challenge was survival. Some parts of the news industry haven’t made it through the global lockdown: Local papers are going under, and hundreds of journalists have been laid … more
As the coronavirus forces most of us to stay home, how can journalists still produce strong solutions stories without the ability to travel even across town, or talk to anyone in person? The good news: while not ideal, good reporting from home is … more
“The feed abhors a vacuum.” The CDC, WHO, and other public health agencies don’t understand how social media users get and want to consume information, Stanford Internet Observatory’s Renée DiResta writes in The Atlantic. That leaves a … more
Amid coronavirus-fueled global fear and uncertainty, people want to know what they can do to ensure they are safe. Solid reporting on what is working, from rapid testing to quarantine strategies, helps provide crucial information to individuals, … 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
The coronavirus pandemic has uprooted all of us, forcing businesses to close and hundreds of layoffs. In the first week of April, more than 6 million Americans filed for unemployment, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Nu Yang, editor-in-chief of Editor & Publisher, spoke with several news leaders about this fallout. This is what they shared. more
This stubborn fact faces the growing movement to save local journalism: the majority of grants and other aid may need to flow to newspapers, rather than other news media, because they deliver the majority of the news in local information ecosystems. For a 2018 report, Duke University researchers set out to document how local original news is generated and were startled to discover that while newspapers were just 25% of local news outlets, they produced more original local civic content than radio, TV and online newsrooms combined. more
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As the applications for federal coronavirus relief loans open, newsroom leaders and industry lobbyists have suggested they’ll seek a piece of the pie. more
The value of information about COVID-19 that is being shared with the American people can be seen in the soaring increases in online traffic to newspaper sites and the life-saving actions the information inspires. But for newspapers, this civic stewardship has come at a cost as devastating as the damage to the economy at large. more
The worst of the pandemic is yet to come. Listen to the medical experts. It’s time for a national lockdown. more
In an email last week to state labor officials, the administrator for the Labor Department’s Office of Employment Insurance instructed them not to release precise numbers of the unemployed in their states. All of us should be disturbed by this attempt to delay the release of public information collected with the public’s tax dollars. The fact that this demand came during Sunshine Week makes it all the more galling. more
One key to shelter-in-place orders is that businesses that do not provide “essential” services must send workers home. Most coverage lists the essential services as grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and vital services from police and fire fighters to utility workers. In California, newspapers are among the essential services exempt from shelter in place. And that is exactly how it should be. more
Just weeks after terrorist planes took down the World Trade Center and slammed into the Pentagon, legislators in Florida rushed to water down, even repeal, some of the state’s best-in-the-nation open government laws. Panic among Florida newspapers about access to information led to Sunshine Sunday ... and what is now known as Sunshine Week. more
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