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Need to Know: Feb. 21, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Last spring, BH Media Group eliminated 289 jobs, saying that print ad losses couldn’t be offset by digital growth (Wall Street Journal) But did you know: BH Media Group is eliminating 148 jobs and not filling 101 […]

Need to Know: Feb. 20, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Last week, special counsel Robert Mueller filed an indictment against 13 Russian nationals, detailing how Russia used Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms to influence the 2016 presidential election (Recode) But did you know: Facebook executive Rob […]

Need to Know: Feb. 16, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Boston Herald filed for bankruptcy in December, and was expected to be bought by GateHouse Media (Boston Business Journal) But did you know: Digital First Media wins the auction for the Boston Herald with an $11.9 […]

Need to Know: Feb. 15, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Google announced last year that it would build an ad blocker into its Chrome browser and causing publishers to worry (The Verge), but later clarified that just 1 percent of publishers weren’t compliant with the third-party ad […]

Need to Know: Feb. 14, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Sinclair Broadcasting asked its “top-level management” to contribute to its political action committee — and that group of management included its news directors (Washington Post) But did you know: Sinclair says that asking its news directors to […]

Need to Know: Feb. 13, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Unilever is threatening to pull advertising from Facebook and Google if the platforms don’t clean up their content: “We cannot continue to prop up a digital supply chain … which at times is little better than a […]

Need to Know: Feb. 12, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “Trump is taking his anti-press tirades to new levels in an audacious and unrelenting campaign to delegitimize and demonize the media. In the process, he’s denting the longtime international view of the United States as the uncompromising […]

Need to Know: Feb. 9, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In its fourth-quarter earnings report, The New York Times reported that its overall subscription revenue now accounts for 60 percent of its total revenue (New York Times), and “executives said that new subscribers — the “Trump bump” […]

Need to Know: Feb. 8, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Tronc announced on Wednesday that it is selling the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune to billionaire investor Patrick Soon-Shiong for $500 million in cash (Reuters) But did you know: Tronc’s sale of the Los Angeles […]

Need to Know: Feb. 7, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Former Chicago Sun-Times editor Jim Kirk was named editor of the Los Angeles Times last week (New York Times) after the newsroom clashed with previous editor Lewis D’Vorkin (CJR) But did you know: Tronc is preparing to […]

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