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If Trump’s plan to eliminate funding for public broadcasting is carried out, public broadcasting at all levels would be affected

You might have heard: In his first federal budget plan, Trump proposes eliminating all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as well eliminating the endowments for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities (New York Times) But did you know: Though Trump’s proposed budget is not finalized (and […]

On ‘A Day Without a Woman,’ women’s news sites are going on strike too

You might have heard: After the success of the Women’s March on Washington in January (Vogue), the march’s organizers planned A Day Without a Woman, “a day of action to spotlight the economic power and value of women and their contributions to society in paid and unpaid labor” (USA Today) But did you know: While some […]

Mother Jones used its prison exposé to turn readers into sustaining donors

You might have heard: In June 2016, Mother Jones published a major exposé on private prisons (Mother Jones) But did you know: The success of Mother Jones’ prison exposé can be measured in awards, but Benjamin Mullin writes there’s another way to look at the success of the exposé: “It helped Mother Jones bring in a […]

Trump met with ‘regional press affiliates’ in an off-the-record dinner on Monday night

You might have heard: Trump held off-the-record meetings with network executives in November, as well as an on-the-record meeting with the NYT But did you know: President Trump met with “regional press affiliates,” including reporters from E.W. Scripps Company, in a private off-the-record dinner on Monday night. “The meeting is comparable to the off-the-record lunch […]

News organizations being blocked from press briefings is reminiscent of 2009 under Obama

You might have heard: Reporters from news outlets including NYT, CNN, BuzzFeed, Politico and Los Angeles Times were shut out of a press briefing on Friday (New York Times), while organizations like Breitbart News and One America News Network were allowed in (CNN Media) But did you know: After a number of news outlets were […]

NPR is proposing a new dues structure for member stations, increasing fees on non-news shows by 3.5 percent

You might have heard: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is on a White House “hit list” for elimination, which would be “catastrophic” for the future of public broadcasting: “There is no substitute for federal support of public broadcasting, and that the loss of federal support would mean the end of public broadcasting,” a CPB-commissioned study […]

An endowment fund from Facebook for news organizations wouldn’t solve the news industry’s problems

You might have heard: Facebook is trying to “smooth over relationships” with news organizations, hosting a series of off-the-record meetings with journalists discussing topics such as “fake news” and “Facebook’s huge clout in the media industry” (BuzzFeed News) and Emily Bell argues that Facebook should create an endowment fund that would be distributed by a […]

NYT is starting to experiment with mobile-specific headlines

You might have heard: News organizations are thinking about the best ways to use audience data to segment audiences and personalize their experiences But did you know: Last week, readers of a New York Times story on airlines abandoning in-flight entertainment systems saw one of two headlines, depending on the device they were viewing the […]

Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto on the future of Facebook emphasizes the importance of a ‘strong news industry’

You might have heard: Mark Zuckerberg published a letter on the future of Facebook, addressing topics such as artificial intelligence, online safety, “fake news,” and the polarization of society (Facebook) But did you know: “A strong news industry is also critical to building an informed community,” Zuckerberg writes in his letter. “Giving people a voice […]

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