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Texas Monthly editor walks back comments about longform journalism

Texas Monthly Editor-in-Chief Tim Taliaferro on Tuesday backed away from comments made during an interview with Columbia Journalism Review that indicated the magazine was retreating from political and longform journalism. In a note published on Texas Monthly, Taliaferro said that he "unfortunately gave the CJR the wrong impression" when he told the journalism review that "Texans don’t care … Read More
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New York Times fans sponsored 209,000 student subscriptions in 8 days

Since The New York Times launched a program that allows supporters to sponsor digital student subscriptions last week, the program has already grown large enough to fund 209,000 subscriptions. Donations to the program, which began on Feb. 9, have ranged from $4 to $20,000, according to an announcement from The New York Times. More than 100 contributions came from … Read More
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Layoffs hit Tronc's San Diego Union-Tribune

Seven journalists were laid off from the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday, editor and publisher Jeff Light said in a memo to staffers. "I feel badly about these difficult decisions," Light said. "Everyone we are saying goodbye to is a dedicated journalist and a valued colleague. Some have spent decades at the U-T." "In an organization of our size, it … Read More
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Gannett and McClatchy made digital gains at the end of 2016

Though steep print ad revenue losses persisted in the fourth quarter of 2016, Gannett and McClatchy both reported today slightly improved financial performance heading into the new year. Gannett's USA Today Network posted a revenue gain compared to the same period in 2015, even though print ads declined at about the same rate as in the third quarter — … Read More
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Flush from its Trump-bump, ProPublica is staffing up to cover the president

Bleak about the future of journalism? Here are some encouraging statistics: In 2015, ProPublica ended the year with $450,000 in small donations (contributions less than $10,000 that weren't individually solicited). In 2016, that amount was $2.9 million. So far this year, that number is already more than $600,000. ProPublica received $4,500 from monthly recurring donations in the month of October. Read More
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Trump-bump subscription surge brightens otherwise grey results at New York Times

President Trump's mocking tweets about the "failing" New York Times and its "dwindling" subscriber base miss the boost his election and early days in office are giving the company's business. CEO Mark Thompson stopped short today of saying Trump was the cause of a record 276,000 net quarterly growth in digital subscriptions in the last quarter of 2016 and … Read More
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This month, a Washington weekly is shutting down. Today, it ran a house ad looking for new jobs for its journalists.

When a newsroom shuts down, there's usually a series of announcements, internal memos and "I'm looking for work" tweets. Most times, it ends there. But in one Washington newspaper this week, there's a full-page advertisement devoted to helping soon-to-be jobless journalists find work again. Here's what it says on page five of today's Issaquah Press: "We're professional journalists. On Feb. Read More
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Media executives respond to President Trump's refugee ban

Executives from The New York Times, BuzzFeed and Bloomberg News have responded to Trump's recent executive order banning immigrants from Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East. The responses range from outright condemnation of President Trump's ban to reaffirming their commitment to supporting employees regardless of their countries of origin. Jonah Peretti, the CEO of BuzzFeed, sent a letter to employees … Read More
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Can this man get McClatchy back on track?

The final accounting of a financially brutal 2016 for newspaper organizations begins this week with the first earnings reports for the year. But McClatchy jumped ahead of the story Wednesday, unexpectedly replacing CEO Pat Talamantes with board member Craig I. Forman. Talamantes spent four years leading the company, and before that was McClatchy's chief financial officer for more than a … Read More
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Keep its 'mouth shut?' New York Times tweets Trump that he's got the facts wrong

The New York Times is not heeding the admonition to "keep its mouth shut" from Steven Bannon, President Trump's strategic Svengali, judging by a pointed tweet sent Trump Saturday. A brief volley of tweets falls short of open warfare but is far from the abject, humiliation drenched passivity that Bannon feels apt from The Times and other media. It … Read More
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Podcasts are still booming, but problems with diversity and advertising loom

Podcasting is continuing to grow even as it faces challenges such as lack of diversity and the possibility of an advertising slump. That's the conclusion of a new report on the state of podcasting from the Knight Foundation, which has invested heavily in the burgeoning medium in recent years. The report, which is based on more than 60 interviews … Read More
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Deals with Facebook and Snapchat are popular, but they're not big money-makers

Facebook Instant Articles. Snapchat Discover. Google AMP. In the last two years, publishers such as Vox Media and The Washington Post have embraced stories published on platforms that aren't fully controlled by news organizations. These stories, deemed "distributed content," have spawned teams of Facebook Live producers and Snapchat Discover editors at major news organizations. What they haven't done, according to … Read More
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Layoffs hit North Jersey Media Group, again

Journalists at the North Jersey Media Group are facing yet another round of layoffs, according to a memo from the company's boss. The memo, from North Jersey Media Group President Nancy A. Meyer, says the company is "initiating a series of staff reductions" without going into specific numbers. The latest round of layoffs comes less than six months after a … Read More
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