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How a Chicago civic organization became home to a Pulitzer-winning newsroom

On this week’s podcast, Ellen and Dan talk with David Greising, the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, a century-old civic nonprofit organization that is also home to a Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom as part of a new collaboration with the Illinois Solutions Partnership. The new partnership is funded by the Robert R. … Continue reading “How a Chicago civic organization became home to a Pulitzer-winning newsroom”

A Texas daily is rescued with the help of a public radio station and the National Trust for Local News

By Dan Kennedy Of the various new business models that are emerging for community journalism, mergers between public broadcasters and existing news outlets are among the most promising. One of the projects that Ellen Clegg and I are tracking for our book-in-progress, “What Works,” is NJ Spotlight News, a nonprofit digital startup covering politics and … Continue reading “A Texas daily is rescued with the help of a public radio station and the National Trust for Local News”

How an escapade on a frozen pond led one newspaper to reform its crime coverage

By Dan Kennedy One February day in 2020, an obituary caught Paul Cuno-Booth’s eye. At that time the police and courts reporter for The Keene Sentinel in rural western New Hampshire, Cuno-Booth had two years earlier written about one of those wacky incidents that editors and readers love. A 47-year-old woman had driven out onto … Continue reading “How an escapade on a frozen pond led one newspaper to reform its crime coverage”

Hermione Malone tells us how philanthropies can partner with local news outlets

On this week’s podcast, Ellen and Dan talk with Hermione Malone, vice president of strategy and startups for the American Journalism Project. The AJP describes itself as a nonprofit venture philanthropy organization that focuses on supporting the future of local news.  The organization makes grants to nonprofit news organizations, partners with communities to launch new outlets, … Continue reading “Hermione Malone tells us how philanthropies can partner with local news outlets”

Ethan Zuckerman on truth, trust and what it means for journalism

On the latest “What Works” podcast, Dan and Ellen talk with Ethan Zuckerman, associate professor of public policy, communication and information at UMass-Amherst. He’s also founder of the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure, which is studying how to build alternatives to the commercial internet. And Ethan co-founded a local news initiative with global reach, a blogging … Continue reading “Ethan Zuckerman on truth, trust and what it means for journalism”

Terry Williams of The Keene Sentinel tells us about journalism in rural communities

The “What Works” podcast is back from its August hiatus. This week, Ellen and Dan talk with Terrence Williams, president and COO of The Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, one of the oldest newspapers in the country. Terry and the Sentinel are the creators of the Radically Rural conference, now in its fifth year, which will … Continue reading “Terry Williams of The Keene Sentinel tells us about journalism in rural communities”

New Jersey newspaper group buys four Central Mass. weeklies from Gannett

By Dan Kennedy Some really good news for Central Massachusetts: a small but growing newspaper chain based in New Jersey is buying four weeklies from Gannett. The sale of The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle, The Grafton News, The Landmark of Holden and the Leominster Champion to CherryRoad Media gives all four of them a new lease on … Continue reading “New Jersey newspaper group buys four Central Mass. weeklies from Gannett”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution may be about to drop its daily print editions

By Dan Kennedy Anyone who was around 15 or 20 years ago would be surprised at the persistence of print. Back when newspapers started moving to the web, it seemed likely that print editions would soon become part of the past. But as visions of lucrative interactive advertising gave way to the realities of Craigslist, … Continue reading “The Atlanta Journal-Constitution may be about to drop its daily print editions”

The final toll at Gannett: 400 employees laid off and another 400 jobs left unfilled

By Dan Kennedy When Gannett imposed devastating cuts last month, we had no way of knowing how devastating. It was clear that journalists had been laid off and papers closed across the country, but our largest newspaper chain kept the details to itself. Now we know. Angela Fu, writing for Poynter Online, reports that Gannett … Continue reading “The final toll at Gannett: 400 employees laid off and another 400 jobs left unfilled”

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