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Matt DeRienzo on how local independent online news is kind of like craft beer

When Matt DeRienzo started working with Local Independent Online News Publishers two years ago, he thought the local news business had hit the bottom of cuts and layoffs. He was wrong. Cuts have continued at newsrooms around the country, leaving fewer journalists covering local news. Meanwhile, LION, an organization created to connect local independent online news outfits with each other, … Read More
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How building trust with your audience is like dating

This piece was originally published by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. It has been republished with permission. You can join the author for a free Webinar about building trust on Facebook at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Relationships take work. You don’t get intimacy without putting in some time. You don’t ask … Read More
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Local Edition: Here's why journalists stay in the business

This was originally published in our weekly newsletter, Local Edition, which is a product of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative. Subscribe here. Have you ever had a party and looked around the room at some point and thought, Wow, there are a lot of cool people here? Well, that’s how my inbox felt this week. Thanks to everyone … Read More
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Here are 42 ideas for your newsroom's next newsletter

Every so often, I like to dream about how we could think differently about the building blocks of the news industry. So far, I’ve tackled headlines, homepages, bylines, analytics, podcast ideas, comment sections and ideas for covering the President; in today’s installment, I’ll list some new ideas for newsletters. The nice thing about … Read More
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U.S. News and World Report unveils state-by-state rankings

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Rating colleges proved a gold mine for U.S. News & World Report. Tuesday brings the rollout of what might be another: assessing the 50 states. It's why Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and … Read More
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psssst, The New York Times still wants your tips

Having worked for The Guardian team that won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Edward Snowden stories, Gabriel Dance knows the importance of anonymous tips. That's why, when he rejoined The New York Times from The Marshall Project last year, Dance was taken aback by a glaring omission in the newsroom. "I was surprised to see that the … Read More
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With help from Google and YouTube, McClatchy is trying to figure out the next big thing in video

Two years after creating a video lab in Washington, D.C., McClatchy is heading out West. Today, McClatchy announced Video Lab West, a 10,000-square-foot venture near the company's headquarters in Sacramento, California. At the heart of the project will be experiments in production, collaboration and distribution for types of storytelling that haven't quite hit the mainstream. That includes virtual reality, augmented … Read More
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Mashable says it's thriving by embracing quality journalism — and avoiding the same old Trump stories

Last year, Mashable laid off about two-dozen employees, cutting its politics and international reporters in a push for more video. So, how's that going? The reorganization of the company, which saw Chief Content Officer Gregory Gittrich replace Editor-in-Chief Jim Roberts "wasn't an easy stretch," Gittrich said. But Mashable has some good news — unique visitors and revenue are way … Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg thanks journalists after stop by Alabama newspaper

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday gave a shoutout to journalists on his Facebook page, posting a photo of himself reading a local newspaper with his wife. "It seems like a good time to say thank you to all the journalists around the world who work tirelessly and sometimes put their lives in danger to surface the truth," Zuckerberg … Read More
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NPR has created a team devoted to covering President Trump's conflicts of interest

How have news organizations covered Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest? Very creatively, so far. The New York Times created a series of circular graphics showing how Trump’s business efforts potentially intertwine with the federal government. Buzzfeed logged more than 1,500 people and organizations connected to the Trump family and their advisers, which independent designer Kim Albrecht turned … Read More
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Study: Younger readers got more election news from national newspapers than local ones

The push for more digital news looks like it attracted a coveted demographic for three national news organizations: Younger readers. The New York Times and The Washington Post attracted readers between the ages of 18 and 49 at nearly twice the rate of readers between the ages of 50 and 65 during the U.S. presidential campaign, according to … Read More
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Three young journalists saw national watchdog work getting all the attention, so they started looking for it locally

Each day, early in the morning, during lunch or when they're done covering politics and courts in Naples, Florida, three young journalists turn back to the news. Alexandra Glorioso, 29, Brett Murphy, 25, and Joseph Cranney, 25, all work together at the Naples Daily News. They also curate a weekly newsletter highlighting local watchdog journalism. For up to an hour … Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg takes on fake news, the importance of the news industry and the rise of filter bubbles in new manifesto

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of a "strong news industry" in his 5,000-plus word manifesto published this afternoon. Calling the news "critical to building an informed community," Zuckerberg said Facebook will do more "to make sure this vital social function is sustainable." "...From growing local news, to developing formats best suited to mobile devices, to improving the … Read More
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A Birmingham weekly is turning to crowdfunding for survival and growth

Weld, a weekly newspaper in Birmingham, Alabama, first launched five and a half years ago. It started out of what founders saw as the necessity for more journalism in the community. Since then, the city has seen cuts to The Birmingham News and the end of daily newspaper delivery. Weld, distributed for free, is a for-profit business. "Theoretically," … Read More
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