The student journalists who work for the Missourian learn a lot reporting on this community. Increasingly over the past few years, those lessons have included a painful one: What to do when they encounter an enraged person who has fully bought into idea that journalists are the enemy.
It’s important for journalists to tell audiences why news outlets deserve First Amendment freedoms, why President Donald Trump’s attacks on their profession are unfair and dangerous and what important role journalism plays in democracy. We also sincerely hope the participating news organizations are doing more to earn their communities’ respect than writing one editorial.
While The New York Times and The Washington Post crow about attracting big digital subscriber numbers, the sledding is tougher for local newspapers. The Seattle Times is starting to gain traction with digital subscribers, attracting 36,000 since starting a metered paywall in 2013.
At the Fort Collins Coloradoan, we’ve been a Trusting News partner for three years. Over the course of the project, we’ve focused on several strategies —from labeling our stories, to showing our personality, to explaining how we are different from “the media” as an overall entity.
Twitter's chief executive said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so it doesn’t enable the spread of hate speech, harassment and false news, including conspiracy theories shared by prominent users like Alex Jones and Infowars.
There is no shortage of ideas about how news organizations should promote their work on Twitter. They should deploy an authentic voice and use relevant hashtags. Or, like the Washington Post did last month, they should tweet out the lyrics to a Smash Mouth song.
Esther Katro was 22 when she landed her first job as a reporter at a local TV station in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The recent graduate loved the thrill of breaking news and being on air. But when she was out chasing stories in the college town, people kept mistaking her for a student.
After Jillian Bauer-Reese created an online collection of opioid recovery stories, she began to get calls for help from reporters. But she was dismayed by the narrowness of the requests, which sought only one type of interviewee.
Public-radio companies PRX and PRI are merging in a bid to capitalize on the surging popularity of podcasts and other digital formats as listeners and content creators migrate away from traditional broadcast radio.
Just four months after the Austin American-Statesman was sold, the new owner is extending buyout offers to every one of the daily newspaper’s 200-plus employees. While observers predict this will lead to dramatic staffing cuts and diminished news coverage, they doubt it will result in a shutdown of the Statesman.
Sunday's "Unite the Right 2" rally across from the White House was a bust, when just a couple of dozen protesters turned up. But the outrage against NPR over its coverage leading up to the event will likely live for a long time.