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The student newspaper at George Washington University might lose its off-campus housing soon

The student newspaper at George Washington University may soon move from off-campus to university-provided housing, according to an email sent by the GW Hatchet's Board of Directors, potentially threatening the future independence of the operation. According to the email, which was sent to "supporters and alumni" on Tuesday, the potential move comes amid a financial crisis for the 113-year-old organization, prompted … Read More
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'You can't shrink your way to profitability': Jeff Bezos talks about the future of newspapers

Jeff Bezos has three pieces of advice for journalists: Be riveting, be right and ask people to pay. The Washington Post owner and Amazon founder dispensed this simple guidance Wednesday at a conference about the future of print news in Turin, Italy. The conference coincides with the 150th birthday of La Stampa, one of Italy's major newspapers, which is based in Turin. Read More
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Inside McClatchy's plan to reinvent its newsrooms

If you are a reporter at one of McClatchy's 31 papers, you will have this meeting sometime in the next year, or you may have already: You will be asked to join one of your editors and a member of corporate's roving "reinvention team." There will be talk of digital best practices, but the heart of the exercise is a … Read More
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Buyouts hit the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times on Friday issued a staffwide announcement that it's offering buyouts to the newsroom. The announcement, which came in a memo from editor and publisher Davan Maharaj, described the buyout program as limited in scope and attributed it to adverse industry conditions. "For the Los Angeles Times, and the news industry overall, 2017 has been challenging," Maharaj … Read More
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More Americans are watching morning talk shows and listening to podcasts

While your mom's obsession with true-crime podcasts such as Serial may seem like just another fad, it's actually part of a larger trend in the media industry, according to a report published Friday. The Pew Research Center's annual State of the News Media report shows more Americans are watching Sunday morning political talk shows and listening to podcasts now than in previous years. Between 2015 and 2016, viewership of the … Read More
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What's behind the recent media bloodbath? The dominance of Google and Facebook

It seems like with each passing day, the small world that is the media industry gets a little smaller. On Tuesday, Time, Inc. announced it would be laying off or buying out 300 people as part of a plan to re-engineer its cost structure and become more efficient, according to a memo sent to employees by CEO Rich Battista. Then, HuffPost laid … Read More
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Vocativ lays off entire editorial staff in shift to video

"RIP fake deep web data reporting." That was one reaction Wednesday morning after Vocativ announced it was cutting its entire newsroom focused on technology and mining stories from the deep web. All of editorial apparently getting laid off at Vocativ right now. They are going all video. RIP fake deep web data reporting — Adrianne Jeffries … Read More
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WSJ union report shows persistent gender pay gap at Dow Jones

The union that represents many journalists at The Wall Street Journal has published an analysis that shows a persistent wage gap between men and women employed by Dow Jones & Company. The report, which the Independent Association of Publishers' Employees released Tuesday, found that, on average, full-time female employees make less than 85 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Even … Read More
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Is Facebook serious about helping publishers find subscribers? Industry leaders are watching carefully

The Holy Grail of the news business these days is figuring out how to turn the droves of readers who swipe past stories on social media into a reliable stream of revenue. As more and more users flock to monoliths like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram and away from publishers' websites, many news organizations have been hard-pressed to cash in … Read More
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Two new bids for Chicago Sun-Times as latest deadline passes

While President Trump feuds with his Attorney General over a travel ban and the Russia investigation, he's likely unaware of a less fractious Justice Department matter: approving a sale of the Chicago Sun-Times. The latest deadline for bids to buy the financially pressed tabloid passed Monday. There are at least two apparent new bids in addition to a previous … Read More
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New York Times copy editors were just told how to (try to) keep their jobs

As The New York Times makes cuts on its copy desk to shift the balance of the newsroom to reporters, it's looking for staffers with all the staples of traditional copy editing plus refined technical know-how and an "interest in changing/developing technologies." Earlier this morning, an email went out to the staff of The New York Times that outlined … Read More
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Pew report shows dismal 2016 for newspapers and boom times for cable news networks

The Pew Research Center today offered new and telling data points on the continuing financial decline of the newspaper business and a banner year in 2016 for their cable competitors. A fact sheet documents concurrent declines last year in newspaper organizations' paid circulation, advertising (down 10 percent compared to 2015) and news staffing. The outlets are making progress on … Read More
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Nearly 5 years in, Skift is launching a book, producing a documentary and expanding to new topics

Rafat Ali doesn't want to be boring. Who can blame him? With media companies sprouting up and withering away at a frantic pace, there's no substitute for surprising and delighting readers who have a nearly unlimited supply of alternatives to consider. That's why Ali, the founder and CEO of the travel media company Skift, can't abide sitting still. "People … Read More
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The New York Times announces buyout program to shift newsroom balance to reporting

The New York Times on Wednesday announced a buyout program aimed at its editing ranks to "shift the balance of editors to reporters at The Times." The buyout, "which includes an enhanced cash payout," is focused on "reducing layers of editors" across the newsroom, according to a note from Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Joe Kahn. Our goal is to … Read More
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Justice Department extends bid period for Chicago Sun-Times

The Justice Department has extended until Monday the period for possible bids for the Chicago Sun-Times amid what appears to be interest by one or more parties. In a note to staff early Wednesday, Publisher-Editor Jim Kirk updated his staff in a note that implied that there's been some interest displayed since the government essentially ordered the paper to run … Read More
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