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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 […]

If we want local news to survive in the 21st century, we need to think about what it means to be local and reconsider how local news is funded

Christopher Ali, an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and the author of “Media Localism: The Policies of Place,” argues that “if we are really serious about local media in the 21st century,” three things need to be considered and changed: First, Ali says “we need to have a more inclusive […]

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 […]

Brazil’s version of Politico: Poder360 covers the Brazilian government, supported by paid newsletters

A Brazilian news outlet is finding success with a business model similar to Politico’s. Poder360 (which translates to “Power360” in English) is focused on the “ins and outs of Brazilian government,” and entirely supported by its paid newsletters targeted to corporate subscribers. Poder360’s paid newsletter subscribers receive three newsletters a day — at 6 a.m., […]

‘Technology is already “fixing” journalism. But is it working?’

“Technologists and technology companies are already funding media, but as with many recent advancements, it’s happening to our industry. We’re all debating the merits of something that’s already begun, and in doing so we’re failing to ask the real questions,” Adam Thomas writes in response to recent debate over whether Facebook should fund journalism. Thomas […]

Snapchat’s user growth is stalling, but it’s pointing to a new trend in digital: Engagement is more important than pure growth

As Snapchat’s parent Snap Inc. prepares for an IPO, data from mobile analytics firm Apptopia shows that Snapchat’s user base has essentially stopped growing.“But before anyone freaks out, it’s important to note that digital media as a whole seems focused principally on engagement, rather than raw audience size,” Max Willens writes. “[Snap Inc. CEO Evan] […]

Strategies for securing your organization’s digital future: Seek out non-advertising revenue and track metrics based on market share

Morris Publishing Group’s VP of strategy and innovation Steve Gray shares his company’s strategies for working toward a digitally focused future that’s less reliant on print ad revenue. Among those strategies: Track metrics based on market share, seek out non-advertising revenue such as events or marketing your data capabilities to local businesses, and launch new […]

Journalism driven by stakeholders: 9 good questions with Stakeholder Media Project’s Mark Lee Hunter

More media organizations are being created and controlled by the people who are invested in the issues their organizations are covering, according to Mark Lee Hunter. This form of journalism, called “stakeholder-driven media,” is changing our media landscape and offers lessons for traditional news organizations in building community. Hunter defines stakeholder-driven media as “media [that] […]

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