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Jonathan Dotan on deep fakes, blockchain technology and the promise of Web3

Jonathan Dotan is founding director of The Starling Lab for Data Integrity at Stanford University. The lab focuses on tools to help historians, legal experts and journalists protect images, text and other data from bad actors who want to manipulate that data to create deep fakes or expunge it altogether. He has founded and led a number … Continue reading “Jonathan Dotan on deep fakes, blockchain technology and the promise of Web3”

Gannett rethinks the public safety beat. Good. But keep an eye on the bottom line.

By Dan Kennedy Whenever I write about Gannett, our largest newspaper chain, it’s usually because they’re cuttings staff and closing papers. At the same time, though, the company has been a leader in rethinking how we cover law enforcement, which has emerged as a vitally important issue in the Black Lives Matter era. We know … Continue reading “Gannett rethinks the public safety beat. Good. But keep an eye on the bottom line.”

Poynter’s local media watcher, Kristen Hare, talks about where we’ve been and where we’re headed

Kristen Hare is a journalist, media watcher and faculty member at the Poynter Institute in Florida. Kristen not only documents trends in our beleaguered industry, but she also teaches local journalists the critical skills they need to cover their communities effectively. Before joining Poynter’s faculty, she spent eight years covering local news for Poynter’s website. In … Continue reading “Poynter’s local media watcher, Kristen Hare, talks about where we’ve been and where we’re headed”

A network of community news franchises: Mike Shapiro on what makes TAPinto click

  Mike Shapiro is the founder and CEO of TAPinto, a network of more than 90 online local news sites, most of them in New Jersey and with a few in New York and Florida. Shapiro launched TAPInto in 2008. Back then it was called TheAlternativePress.com and the goal was to build a network of hyperlocal … Continue reading “A network of community news franchises: Mike Shapiro on what makes TAPinto click”

Ed Miller of the startup Provincetown Independent talks about how print and digital can work together

Ed Miller is co-founder and editor of The Provincetown Independent. Founded in October 2019, the weekly competes with Gannett’s Provincetown Banner. The Independent covers Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham, and Miller explains why he believes that a print-centric strategy is essential on the tip of the Cape. The Independent is a hybrid organization — a for-profit public … Continue reading “Ed Miller of the startup Provincetown Independent talks about how print and digital can work together”

No guest this week as Ellen and Dan kick it around on the podcast

No guest this week as co-hosts Ellen Clegg and Dan Kennedy run down a number of news stories, including a major deal in New Jersey: the nonprofit Corporation for New Jersey Local Media (CNJLM) acquired 14 weekly newspapers serving some 50 municipalities. The papers were owned by the New Jersey Hills Media Group. The deal … Continue reading “No guest this week as Ellen and Dan kick it around on the podcast”

A nonprofit campaign saves 14 weekly newspapers in suburban New Jersey

By Dan Kennedy Big news out of New Jersey: The nonprofit Corporation for New Jersey Local Media (CNJLM) has acquired 14 weekly newspapers serving some 50 municipalities. The papers are owned by the New Jersey Hills Media Group. The deal is similar to one announced last year when Colorado Community Media sold its 24 weekly … Continue reading “A nonprofit campaign saves 14 weekly newspapers in suburban New Jersey”

From Northeastern to the North Country: Em Cassel’s entrepreneurial journey

Em Cassel is editor and co-owner of Racket, a reader-funded website covering politics, music, arts and culture in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. (She was also a student in Dan’s digital journalism course at Northeastern University.) Em made a name for herself as food editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief of City Pages in the Twin Cities. She was … Continue reading “From Northeastern to the North Country: Em Cassel’s entrepreneurial journey”

Mass. law governing legal ads needs to be updated to include digital-only outlets

By Dan Kennedy Legal advertising has been a mainstay of the press since Colonial times. Official announcements of bids for government work, auctions and the like bring in a lot of revenue, and there were papers that were literally founded in order to be paid for publishing public notices. But the future of legal ads … Continue reading “Mass. law governing legal ads needs to be updated to include digital-only outlets”

Jody Brannon of the Center for Journalism & Liberty on the digital future and the danger of monopoly

Jody Brannon, director of the Center for Journalism & Liberty at the Open Markets Institute, started her career in print in her native Seattle. Never one to shy from a challenge (she’s an avid skiier and beamed in from the snowy mountains of Idaho), she transitioned to digital relatively early on in the revolution. She has had leadership … Continue reading “Jody Brannon of the Center for Journalism & Liberty on the digital future and the danger of monopoly”

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