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Need to Know: Jan. 10, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In October, a “Shitty Media Men” list began circulating, a collection of “allegations and rumors” of sexual harassment in the media industry (New Yorker); Initially a Google Doc available to only people with the link, the list […]

Need to Know: Jan. 9, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Condé Nast has seen a number of leadership changes in recent months, with Glamour (WWD) and Vanity Fair’s (New York Times) top editors leaving But did you know: Samantha Berry is named editor of Glamour, the first […]

Need to Know: Jan. 8, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Research from API shows 53 percent of adults pay for news, and 26 percent of people who use a source for free might begin to pay for it But did you know: People want to pay for […]

Need to Know: Jan. 5, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Representing President Trump, lawyer Charles Harder demanded publisher Henry Holt and Co. “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination” of Michael Wolff’s upcoming book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” (Washington […]

Need to Know: Jan. 4, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: After Matt Lauer was fired in November, Hoda Kotb was named co-anchor of the Today show (USA Today) But did you know: Hoda Kotb is being paid $18 million less than Matt Lauer, underlining a major wage […]

Need to Know: Jan. 3, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Employees at the Los Angeles Times will vote on unionizing this week (Los Angeles Times Guild) But did you know: Ahead of the union vote, new concerns are being raised about new editor Lewis D’vorkin (NPR) On […]

Need to Know: Jan. 2, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In December, The New York Times announced that A.G. Sulzberger would take over as publisher on Jan. 1 (New York Times) But did you know: A.G. Sulzberger takes over as publisher of the NYT, and is taking […]

Need to Know: Dec. 20, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality rules that prohibited ISPs from blocking websites or charging for certain content (New York Times) But did you know: Rep. Marsha Blackburn proposed a bill that […]

Need to Know: Dec. 19, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Washington City Paper’s owner put the alt-weekly paper up for sale in October (Washingtonian); conservative commentator Armstrong Williams initially said he was interested in buying the alt weekly (Washington Post), but announced last week that he will […]

Need to Know: Dec. 18, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In November, Meredith agreed to purchase Time Inc. in a nearly $3 billion deal backed by the Koch brothers (New York Times) But did you know: Time Inc.’s new owner may get rid of its iconic name […]

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