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Samantha Bee's solution for making money on local news? Lottery tickets

Add Samantha Bee to the list of media thinkers with a scheme to make money in local journalism. On this week's episode of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," the "Daily Show" alumna became the latest late-night comedian to give journalism a boost. But, rather than put out a call for donations like her colleague John Oliver, Bee opted for … Read More
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Despite closing expansion site, Charlotte Agenda plans to book $1 million this year

One of the brightest lights in local journalism suffered a setback late last year when Raleigh Agenda, the sister site of Charlotte Agenda, closed its doors after failing to find a sustainable business model. But the closure of the site didn't prevent the parent company from banking a comfortable profit in 2016, said Ted Williams, Charlotte Agenda's cofounder and … Read More
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Joanne Lipman becomes editor in chief of USA Today

Joanne Lipman, who joined Gannett 15 months ago to create an investigative network of the company's 109 community papers, today was named editor-in-chief of USA Today. Lipman said in a phone interview that she is "pleased at how the USA Today Network has come together.... I'm awed by the increased quality and ambition in the work." But rather than … Read More
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For a speedier D.C. news cycle, Politico is rolling out a second Playbook

The rhythm of Washington, D.C. has been thrown off in recent months as President Trump has refined his ability to create entire news cycles with a series of tweets dashed off before breakfast. So, Politico is trying something different. Today, as pundits chew over the latest twist in the Russia-Trump story, an email will arrive in the inboxes of political … Read More
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Rachel Maddow sees huge ratings boost from Trump taxes teaser

Rachel Maddow may have taken flak for dangling her scoop in front of Twitter users for more than an hour, but the suspense appears to have paid major ratings dividends. The Rachel Maddow Show was the No. 1 cable news program on Tuesday, according to Nielsen ratings, drawing 4.13 million total viewers. Last week, Maddow's show drew just 2.5 … Read More
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President Trump's budget slashes support for funder of NPR, PBS and public radio stations

The Trump administration's budget blueprint, released this morning, proposes to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds NPR and PBS, as well as many public radio and television stations across the United States. In a section on page 11 labeled "major agency budget highlights," the budget summary lists the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as among the … Read More
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Clifton Leaf named editor of Fortune

Clifton Leaf will succeed Alan Murray as editor in chief of Fortune, ending months of speculation over who would take the reins of the gilded finance magazine. Murray, who was promoted to chief content officer of Time Inc. in July, retained his role as editor in chief of Fortune months after his appointment. He is being named president of … Read More
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Are daily opinion pages headed to the morgue?

At the end of February, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel eliminated weekday print editorial pages except on Wednesdays. An economizing move, of course, but to me also a marker of a tipping point where opinion has started to join other traditional newspaper staples as digital-first. Put another way, it might be that the daily print editorial page is on its … Read More
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Postmedia is laying off 54 employees at the Vancouver Sun and Province

Canada's Postmedia company is laying off more than 50 employees at The Vancouver Sun and Province after a months-long buyout process aimed at cutting the company's payroll. Fifty-four union employees are being laid off as of April 8, according to a memo from Brian Norris, the director of human resources for the The Vancouver Sun and Province. The company is … Read More
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This Mississippi paper has 8 times more digital readers than print, so they're cutting print to 3 days a week

Earlier this week, the Hattiesburg American announced a big change: Starting next month, they're cutting print from seven days a week down to three. Nathan Edwards, president of the Hattiesburg American, wrote on Wednesday about the change as a way to build on a digital-first approach to the news. Our research shows subscribers are increasingly choosing to access … Read More
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Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are writing a book about the 2016 election

After chronicling President Obama's 2008 electoral upset in "Game Change" and his 2012 re-election bid in "Double Down," the most famous political scribes in America are collaborating on a new book about the 2016 election. The book, which has yet to be titled, will chronicle "Donald Trump’s dramatic and improbable victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election," … Read More
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After punishing layoffs, New Jersey journalists start up their own local newspaper

Montclair is a New Jersey bastion of the Trump-doubting privileged class that went back to the future Thursday with an imperiled species: a new broadsheet newspaper. But, if Trump could wind up president, who says a broadsheet Lazarus can't rise from the media ashes and make it somewhere? The weekly Montclair Local debuted in the 36,000-person bedroom community of New … Read More
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Three months in, The Huffington Post's editor in chief is planning a reorganization

She's not going to call it the Polgreen Post. But count on New Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen to make big changes to the digital news company, which will celebrate its 12th birthday in May. Coming is a "fairly significant reorganization" of HuffPost's editorial staff aimed at retooling "a pretty robust newsroom to chase what I think our mission should … Read More
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Cost cuts loom large for newspaper companies in 2017

"You can't cut your way to prosperity," holds a favorite truism about the news business. But when Tronc inc. recently reported improved financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016, cost controls were the big driver. The company went from operating at break-even in the fourth quarter of 2015 to posting a $19.4 million profit in the last … Read More
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