Created with Sketch.
"E & P Reports" from Editor & Publisher Magazine
41 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
90 ‘Unpublishing’ Our News Content
According to Google, the word “unpublish” is defined as a verb that means “to make content that has previously been published online unavailable to the public. As in ‘The magazine first amended and then unpublished the article.” Years ago, publishers did not face problems of information permanence when a daily printed product was quickly discarded the next day. But more and more news publishers today are receiving requests from individuals to remove, obscure or significantly alter once-accurate information published about them in the past. In some cases, these requests are happening many years after a story was initially published online. A recent survey also suggests that more than 80 percent of North American news publishers believe all news organizations should follow a set of standard guidelines about what information can and cannot be removed from their archives. But are such standards being compiled? Exploring this issue is Deborah Dwyer, PHD candidate UNC Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media who is working on a current initiative to create a single repository of newsroom unpublishing policies. Her latest project is a Website: unpublishingthenews.com, described as “a place on the web where news leaders and advocates can hash out the conundrum of “unpublishing” (in its broader context).” Here any editor or journalism can find a blog centering on the issue, along with resources that provides a growing list of policies and best practices, research, codes of ethics and more. In this segment of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder speaks with Dwyer about her research and work on compiling best practices of “unpublishing” the news. Also appearing is one of the initiative’s advisors Kathy English, chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
44 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
88 Serving Lattes & Brews Funds The Sentinel Newsroom!
What do two millennial media execs from New York City do when they move to Texas? They buy a small market weekly newspaper and transform it into the center of the community. And how do they do this? By purchasing and renovating a building to house not only the newspaper’s office but a restaurant/ bar/ coffee shop and banquet center called The Sentinel. In this segment of “E&P Reports” Publisher Mike Blinder interviews Max Kabat the co-founder of a New York City-based brand consultancy firm, who along with his Emmy Award-winning, documentary filmmaker wife, Maisie Crow, purchased The Big Bend Sentinel, a weekly newspaper in Marfa, Texas. After purchasing the newspaper just two years ago, they are funding a vibrant newsroom and building their audience up with out-of-the-box thinking that not only creates revenue but connects their publication with the community. Related links: Big Bend Sentinel: https://bigbendsentinel.com The Sentinel (Restaurant) Website: https://www.thesentinelmarfa.com
49 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
89 E&P checks in with Ken Doctor, CEO and founder of Lookout Local, a startup that offers a new local news model.
For 15 years, Ken Doctor has been preaching innovative news publishing business models through Newsonomics, his own company and website. Six months ago, he started his experiment Lookout Local, which launched with Lookout Santa Cruz, the company’s first site based in Santa Cruz County, Calif. Doctor’s intention with the site is to show the industry his vision on what is needed to be the local news leader this decade. Today he boasts over 12,000+ email followers and just under 1,000 paid website subscribers after just three months of putting his content behind a paywall. Lookout Local was started with $2.5-million dollars donated by the Knight Foundation, Google News Innovation Challenge, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, and various other foundations. One of his news publishing competitors is Dan Pulcrano, CEO of Metro Newspapers and owner of Good Times a free-circulation weekly newspaper based in Santa Cruz. Pulcrano recently penned an editorial claiming that the $2.5 million Doctor raised was partly due to his shopping a false narrative that Santa Cruz is a ‘news desert,’ a community without reporting, one that’s uninformed and parched for news—it is anything but. For decades.” In this episode of Editor & Publisher’s Vodcast: “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder checks in with Doctor and Jed Williams, founding chief revenue officer at Lookout Local, on how their business model is doing after launching during a pandemic. Related Links: Lookout Local Santa Cruz Website: https://lookout.co/santacruz/ Ken Doctor’s Email message on Lookout Local’s 6-month anniversary: https://lookout.co/santacruz/business-technology/local-business/story/2021-05-25/six-months-in-we-at-lookout-thank-you Dan Pulcrano's Editorial: "Lookout Local: Ken Doctor’s False Narrative About Santa Cruz:" https://goodtimes.sc/santa-cruz-news/lookout-local-ken-doctor-false-narrative/
41 minutes | May 29, 2021
87 Covering George Floyd’s Death Transforms a Newsroom
In the June 2021 Editor and Publisher cover story, editor-in-chief Nu Yang takes an in-depth look at how a number of Minneapolis journalists covered the events from George Floyd’s death to the conviction of the police officer deemed responsible. In this edition of E&P’s Vodcast series “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder has a frank discussion with the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s editorial management on what it was like to run a newsroom remotely, while covering one of the biggest stories of our time. Moreover, with all the global attention focused on their city, was it hard to hold to journalistic standards of balance of fairness in each story filed? Plus, with reporters receiving death threats and being shot at with rubber bullets, how did they maintain safety for each team member in the field? As they reflect a year later, how did the incidents and issues effect the Star Tribune’s own feelings and policies on diversity and inclusion? Learn what it was like to manage a newsroom through crises with Star Tribune editor and senior vice president Rene Sanchez, managing editor and vice president Suki Dardarian, and newly appointed managing editor for diversity and community Kyndell Harkness. Related Links: E&P June 2021 Cover Story "How Minnesota Journalists Covered a Year of Crisis: https://www.editorandpublisher.com/stories/how-minnesota-journalists-covered-a-year-of-crisis,194200?
37 minutes | May 23, 2021
86 Swap Your Ads for Shares in Start-Ups
For years, many media companies used remnant inventory as reciprocal trade in order to receive in-kind goods and services, such as prizes or meals. But what if there were new start-up companies willing to give you equity in their business in exchange for being able to market to your readers and viewers? That opportunity is now available from a new venture capital firm called Arrandale Ventures. Founded by two industry veterans, Zach Richner (Richner Communications) and Jeremy Mims (Spoken Layer/OwnLocal), Arrandale Ventures’ job is to seek out growing B2C and B2B startups that serve local residents, businesses, and governments, and match them with marketing services across a national footprint of local media. Today, they have hundreds of media companies onboard who are gaining equity in exchange for the advertising services they provide. In this segment of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder chats with Richner and Mims about how their new venture capital firm works, and what the benefits and risks are for a media company to participate. Related LinksArrandale Ventures Website: https://arrandaleventures.com/
50 minutes | May 18, 2021
85 At 89, Raymond Joseph is Still Publishing and Fighting for the Haitian People
Raymond Alcide Joseph is arguably one of the most remarkable news publishers in our industry today. In 1971, while working as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, he founded, with his brother Léo, the Haiti Observateur, a weekly newspaper and 24/7 website that publishes in four languages (Haitian Creole, French, and English). Today, it remains the free voice of the Haitian people. For five years, Joseph served as Haiti's ambassador to the U.S., and during the massive 2010 earthquake, he was essentially the functioning government since the capitol, Port au Prince, was substantially damaged, and the country's elected leadership could not be reached. Joseph is credited by The American Bible Society as the original translator of the New Testament with the Psalms from original languages and French to Haitian Creole. His autobiographical book, "For Whom the Dogs Spy," reveals Joseph’s insider’s account—having served under four presidents—of Haiti’s struggle to build a democracy during the tyrannical reign of dictator François “Papa Doc” Duvalier, who used the legend of voodoo to bewitch the country into fearing him. In this segment of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Joseph on topics that range from the start of his newspaper and how he influenced change during a cruel dictatorship to his opinions on the importance of a free press, not just in Haiti but here in the U.S. as well. Related Links: More information about Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Joseph Haïti Observateur Website: http://www.haiti-observateur.ca Ambassador Joseph’s Autobiography, “For Whom the Dogs Spy:” https://www.amazon.com/Whom-Dogs-Spy-Dictatorships-Earthquake-ebook/dp/B00R3L7692/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=For+Whom+the+Dogs+Spy%2C&qid=1621338011&sr=8-3
40 minutes | May 10, 2021
84 Johnson Brings Back a City's Newspaper
Alec Johnson is the fourth generation to manage Johnson Newspaper Corporation, owners of the Watertown Daily Times, a newspaper serving New York's North Country region since 1861. Today the Johnson family's media company has five daily publications, several weeklies, and magazines. They have a solid commitment to multimedia with a company-wide website, NNY360.com, that serves the entire region with news and classifieds. In 2019, Johnson made the difficult decision to shutter the Ogdensburg Journal, one their publications that dated back to 1858, serving a city of 10,000+ residents along the St. Lawrence River. However, starting in June, the paper will begin to print again. In this segment of ‘E&P REPORTS' Publisher Mike Blinder discusses with President & COO Alec Johnson why the company decided to bring back the Journal and their strong commitment to printing a quality product in a growing digital world. Johnson Newspaper’s Webiste NNY 360: https://www.nny360.com
41 minutes | May 2, 2021
83 Digital Disruptor Colorado Sun Takes Over Denver Weeklies
In 2018, ten former employees of The Denver Post started The Colorado Sun in response to multiple layoffs after the Post's acquisition by the private equity firm Alden Global Capital. Initially started with a combination of financial and technical support from Civil, a blockchain platform for news organization and from a Kickstarter campaign, The Sun was able to hire the staff and build the business disrupt the news ecosystem of this major market. Today the Sun remains journalist-owned and is growing audience relying on member support and sponsorships in order to pay the bills. And now, thanks to help from The National Trust for Local News the Sun has purchased Colorado Community Media, which has 24 weekly and monthly newspapers serving eight counties including and surrounding Denver. In this segment of “E&P Reports” E&P Publisher Mike Blinder chats with Larry Ryckman Editor at the Sun, along Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro Co-Founder at The National Trust for Local News and Senior Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism on how and how the forming of public benefit corporations could be the next news model to help keep legacy newspaper brands alive. Related links Colorado Sun Website: https://coloradosun.com Old Town Media Website: http://oldtownmedia.nyc
30 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
82 New Study Details Covid-19's Impact on Print Circulation & Digital Subscribers
Dr. Iris Chyi is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in media economics, and well-known for benchmarking reader demand for the print and digital content provided by major market newspapers. A few years ago, she caused a stir in the industry by describing through data that the digital content that the top 50 newspapers provide was being perceived as an “inferior good” by their readers. She went on to compare digital non-replica news sites as “Raman noodles,” and the print editions to steak, stating that people tend to perceive online newspapers as less likable and less satisfying. In her book, “Trial and Error: U.S. Newspapers’ Digital Struggles toward Inferiority,” she challenges U.S. newspapers’ technology-driven strategy, calling for a critical reassessment of the future of the industry. In her latest research, “The Impact of COVID-19 on 20 U.S. Newspapers’ Print and Digital Circulation,” Dr. Chyi takes a hard look at empirical data on the impact of COVID-19 with these selected publications. The report reveals that even through digital subscriptions went up by 64 percent between 2019 and Q3 2020, print circulation dropped by an average of 21 percent. Data showed that the average price charged for digital access is now $181 a year, while seven-day print subscription rates are $1,052 a year. The report states that this price gap shows it takes nearly six new digital subscribers to make up for the loss of one print subscriber. In this edition of “E&P REPORTS,” Dr. Chyi reviews the findings of her April 2021 report with E&P publisher Mike Blinder. Dr. Chyi's 2020 Report: The Impact of Covid-19 on 20 U.S. Newspapers’ Print and Digital Circulation Dr. Chyis' 2017 Report: An Empirical Analysis of 50 U.S. Newspapers’ Digital Subscription Results
31 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
81 Lansing City Pulse is All In on Cannabis
In his byline, Lansing’s City Pulse Managing Editor Kyle Kaminski proudly states he is “a cannabis enthusiast who has been smoking marijuana just about every day for the last decade.” So, it is no wonder that this alternative weekly in Michigan’s state capitol has become, arguably, the state’s authority on everything you need to know about cannabis. The April 14 issue features images of pot on the cover, back, and 10 inside pages of the 32 total in this latest edition. And many of those images are on the tons of ads they get each week from the local “Provisionaries,” legal since December 2019 to dispense recreational marijuana to residents over the age of 21. In this edition of “E&P REPORTS,” Publisher Mike Blinder chats with City Pulse’s Owner and Publisher Berl Schwartz and Managing Editor Kyle Kaminski about how cannabis has built an audience and needed revenue for their media company. Plus, they’ll share their views on covering Michigan state politics as Governor Gretchen Whitmer gains national attention in a politically polarized country. Lansing City Pulse: http://www.LansingCityPulse.com
49 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
80 Handling Content Corrections in a New Way
Paul Glader is an award-winning journalist, who spent 10 years as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal with bylines for numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post,TheNewYorker.com, The Indianapolis Star, The Associated Press, Der Spiegel Online, FastCompany.com, USA Today and ESPN.com. Today, Glader is an associate professor at The King's College in New York City; director of The McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute; executive director of The Media Project, a global non-profit journalism training organization; and executive editor of its award-winning, nonprofit news outlet ReligionUnplugged.com. He is also founder of Vett Incorporated, a Knight Foundation-funded start-up. Vett Inc. has built a new tool called VettNews Cx that is “reimagining how modern newsrooms handle corrections.” It is now gaining a lot of traction with key industry partners including more than a dozen news organizations, Poynter.org, and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). In this segment of “E&P Reports,” E&P publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Glader to discuss why new methods of handling consumer feedback can help us not only provide more accurate information but provide better audience loyalty. Related Links: Video that explains VettNews Cx: https://vimeo.com/399003124 Press Release: VettNews offers corrections management tool to RTDNA members https://www.vettnews.com/press/vettnews-offers-corrections-management-tool-to-rtdna-members
51 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
79 Industry Leaders Offer Their Post-Covid Predictions
With a world permanently changed from a global pandemic, what is in store for the news publishers, and how should we best meet the challenges ahead. E&P assembled four industry leaders to offer their thoughts on: The value of media companies today and what will we be worth as we put COVID-19 behind us Are Philanthropic revenue opportunities or non-profit models a realistic way to help offset content creation costs? What is the future of maximizing consumer revenue for the news we produce, and can we expect it to grow in the months to come Should we look at partnerships with tech media like Facebook and Google or continue to fight for compensation for the news they monetize How do we find new talent and build critical diversity in our industry, and what priority should we place on having our newsrooms reflect the communities we serve? In this segment of "E&P REPORTS," Publisher Mike Blinder poses these questions and more to- Dave Chavern President and CEO at New Media Alliance Nancy Lane CEO at Local Media Association & Local Media Foundation Dean Ridings CEO at America's Newspapers Tracie Powell Program Officer at Borealis Philanthropy
41 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
78 An Inside Look at Shaw Media
Shaw Media claims to be “the third oldest, continuously owned and operated family newspaper in the nation.” Today, Shaw Media has more than 300 employees working at 53 newspapers and magazines across Illinois and Iowa. Tom Shaw, who has worked at various levels within the company, currently holds the position of vice president and chief product officer. He recently led the launch of a news consolidation model called Shaw Local, designed to better their communities that contributed to their yearly double-digit growth in reader revenues. In this segment of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Shaw to learn more about how news consolidation models may not just benefit their company, but the industry as a whole. Plus, we learn Shaw's thoughts about the industry’s relationship and future with Google and Facebook, growing advertising revenue, building diversity in our newsrooms, and Shaw Media’s plans for growth in the future. Related Links: Shaw Local, Shaw Media’s new consolidated news platform: https://www.shawlocal.com https://www.editorandpublisher.com/stories/shaw-media-creates-digital-news-network-for-northern-illinois,188311? Shaw Media’s corporate website: https://www.shawmedia.com
40 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
77 How Publishing Good News in Central Arizona is Growing Audience and Revenue
Talking Glass Media (TGM) recently celebrated 6 million page views on its flagship “good news” website SignalsAZ.com, launched in March 2018 by Brad Fain, CEO of its parent company: Fain Signature Group, a multi-generational land holdings and real estate group based in Prescott Valley, Ariz. Today, TGM publishes two regional magazines, the area’s premiere recreational guide, broadcasts podcasts and videos, and offers outdoor digital display marketing along with a complete suite of digital services for local businesses. TGM’s executive editor Guy Roginson’s background is not from the legacy media side of the business. He was brought in from an advertising agency to build TGM by “bringing together highly motivated professionals, dynamic content, the latest technologies and regional assets to deliver essential information, events, entertainment and news to a place once aptly named Lonesome Valley,” as stated on their website. In this edition of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder discusses with Roginson about how TGM operates, and what their vision is for maintaining growth in both readership and revenue.
33 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
76 Gordon Borrell is (Finally) Bullish on Newspapers
It’s true that over the years we have seen the Borrell Associates’ Advertiser Research Studies show a downward trend in local advertiser spending for printed newspapers. But today, Borrell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell feels that those same newspaper companies are now in the right position to gain larger shares of local digital dollars as those advertisers look to shift their expenditures to those companies with the right solutions. According to Borrell’s latest newspaper study, most local ad directors feel they are poised for significant growth over the next year. It’s all part of a new study being performed by Borrell Associates and America’s Newspapers to help the industry find the best opportunities for growth in 2021. In this segment of E&P Reports, publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Borrell on initial findings and what opportunities are available now for garnering new ad dollars. Related links: More information about participating in the Borrell/America’s Newspapers Study: https://newspapers.org/stories/research-study,4157875? Borrell Associates Website: http://www.BorrellAssocaites.com
34 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
75 Studying the Impact of a Pandemic on Global Journalism
Damian Radcliffe is the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism at University of Oregon and also a fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. However, most of us know Professor Radcliffe as the author of numerous studies that provide insight into the global journalism ecosystem. His latest study on the impact of COVID-19 on journalism was just released in conjunction with The Thomson Reuters Foundation. It reveals the pandemic’s impact on the personal safety and welfare of journalists, the structure of newsrooms and disruption to business models and the proliferation of fake news, and surging threats to media freedom. The study also identifies best practice and innovative approaches that have been developed as a response to the challenges of COVID-19. In this segment of E&P Reports, publisher Mike Blinder chats with Radcliffe about his current findings from this study and what trends he is seeing in the other research projects he is currently working on. Related links: More about Damian Radcliffe: https://www.linkedin.com/in/damianradcliffe/ Download the entire Thomson Reuters Foundation study http://covid-report.trust.org
37 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
74 Two Old Newspaper Sales Guys Talk Shop
Many know newspaper industry veteran John Kelly, who has spent over 30-years in sales leadership positions for Cox, Gannett and others. John is still consulting today and publishing a daily newsletter as well as speaking his mind when it comes to the state of the industry today and what he sees as our biggest challenges when it comes to ad sales. Mike Blinder, Publisher of E&P Magazine has known John for most of the 25-years he has spent providing media ad sales training and revenue generation services to hundreds of newspapers worldwide. Join Mike & John, as these two old sales “war horses” talk about their views on what it takes to succeed in ad sales as well as the challenges we face in a world of pandemics and corporate takeovers.
40 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
73 Amplify Ohio: Addressing Health Disparities Impacting Black & LGBTQ Communities
With help from the Local Media Association (LMA), three Ohio News Publishers are uniting together in a new initiative called “Amplify Ohio” with a goal of publishing stories together that focuses on health disparities impacting the local Ohio Black and LGBTQ communities they serve. Their collaborative storytelling will use available tools such as podcasts, videos, explainers and more. On the business side, the LMA team will work with consultants to launch a community contribution portal for all three publishers: Black Girl Media, Columbus Black and the Buckeye Flame, with hopes to create a common technology stack and seamless user experience that can possibly be deployed in other local markets to help provide an innovative system for publishers to collaborate together on common topics. In this segment of E&P Reports, publisher Mike Blinder chats with Nancy Lane, CEO of The Local Media Association who is helping fund and guide the project, along with: Shana Black, founder and publisher of Black Girl Media; Kevin Lloyd, founder and chief executive officer of Columbus Black and Ken Schneck, editor of The Buckeye Flame speak on their common goals to help address the health care disparities their readers experience, plus other common topics of concern their communities share with each other. Related links: More about Amplify Ohio: https://www.localmedia.org/lma-launches-amplify-ohio-a-diverse-digital-media-coalition/ Black Girl Media Website: https://www.blackgirl.media Columbus Black Website: https://columbusblack.com Buckeye Flame Website:
47 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
72 The Internet Archive: Providing Universal Access to All Knowledge
There was a lot of industry buzz last month when it was announced that Editor and Publisher Magazine was supplying more than a hundred years of editions digitally for free via a partnership with The Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Founded by Brewster Kale, a passionate advocate for public internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing universal access to all knowledge. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the web, selling it to Amazon in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 20 petabytes of data—the books, web pages, music, television, and software of our cultural heritage, working with more than 400 library and university partners to create a digital library and making it accessible to all. In 2005, Kale was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2008, he received the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award from the University of Illinois. In 2010, he received his Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta, and in 2012, Kale was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. In the segment of E&P Reports, publisher Mike Blinder has a lively conversation with Kale who speaks about how he feels about digital privacy, the future of content distribution and compensation, and why the preservation and access to historical content is a matter of paramount importance. Related links: More about Brewster Kale: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brewster_Kahle The Internet Archive: https://archive.org Editor and Publisher’s 100+ years of Archives: https://www.editorandpublisher.com/archives/
33 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
71 New Jersey Weeklies Go Non-Profit
For more than 66 years, the Parker family has owned the 14 weekly newspapers of the New Jersey Hills Media Group, which serves 50 communities in north central New Jersey. With a combined circulation of just under 100,000, it is the largest weekly newspaper group in the state. When the current owners, Liz and Steve Parker, reached out to Grimes, McGovern & Associates to explore the possibility of sale, little did they know that an ensuing deal would be consummated that ended up creating a new non-profit entity that would eventually own and manage the group. With letters of intent now signed, the Corporation for NJ Local Media (CNJLM) will take over the operation and start a major fundraising initiative to achieve the goal of “building strong communities through journalism and civic engagement.” Moreover, the two leaders of CNJLM: executive director Amanda Richardson and founding chair Nic Platt met each other as opposing candidates for a local election. Learn more about how this transition took place and what plans are underway in converting this family-owned group to a non-profit local news entity as E&P publisher Mike Blinder interviews Richardson and Jim McDonald, senior associate for Grimes, McGovern & Associates.
Terms of Service
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
© Stitcher 2021