May 27 is deadline for entries Carmage Walls Commentary Prize, honoring editorial page excellence

Honoring excellence in editorial writing is the goal of the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize, which will be presented this fall by America's Newspapers. The prize is underwritten by Southern Newspapers, Inc. The deadline for entries is May 27.
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Pew Research Center: Local newspapers fact sheet
Katerina Eva Matsa and Kirsten Worden | Pew Research Center

This locally focused analysis shows that many of the trends apparent in the overall newspaper industry hold true for local U.S. newspapers as well.

Reading frequency outweighs page views and intensity: Medill analysis
Business weekly data show value of regular readers
Susan Chandler | Local News Initiative

“Having readers who read more often is 10 times more important than having them read more articles,” says Medill Spiegel Research Center Research Director Edward Malthouse, Erastus Otis Haven Professor of Integrated Marketing Communications, who oversaw the first-of-its-kind analysis using anonymized data from the Midwestern business publication.

Gannett’s Reno daily seeks charity to pay for local government coverage
Dan Kennedy | Media Nation

Gannett is seeking charitable donations to cover the salary of the local government reporter at the Reno Gazette Journal, one of its dailies. According to executive editor Brian Duggan, the paper is trying to raise $100,000 over the next two years so that it can keep paying Mark Robison.

Texas newspapers demand ‘reasonable gun control’ after school massacre
Jonathan Edwards | The Washington Post

Texas’ largest newspapers demanded more than thoughts and prayers on Tuesday, just hours after a gunman massacred 21 people at an elementary school, including 19 children.

How to visually report on survivors of conflict-related sexual violence
Dart Centre Europe | IJNet

Images are a vital component of conflict reporting, including on CRSV, and can be a powerful means of connecting with readers. But there is also significant scope for harm to survivors, that goes beyond the risks of interviewing them.

Remember, journalists, to take care of yourselves
Al Tompkins and Sidney Tompkins | Poynter

Clinical studies are clear that the more that journalists believe that they are doing important work, the more quickly they can heal from the traumatic stress of what they have witnessed. I can not stress this enough: You are doing important work. Do not let deaths go undocumented.

Meta to give researchers more information on political ad targeting
Mike Isaac | The New York Times

Academics and journalists will be able to see more data about the way political ads are used to target users across Facebook and Instagram.

Hawaii governor signs student journalism protections bill
Audrey McAvoy | The Associated Press

Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday signed legislation providing freedom of speech and press protections to students publishing school-sponsored media at Hawaii public schools and the University of Hawaii.

Why good investigative journalism matters
Lee H. Hamilton | Guest Columnist | Imperial Valley Press

We need the work journalists do to remain a free and independent nation, with power residing ultimately in the hands of its citizens.

Perspective: It’s time for local journalists to reckon with the racism we overlooked
Margaret Sullivan | The Washington Post

The massacre in Buffalo exposed not just violent racial hatred but the legacy of inequitable policies from years ago.

Community-centered news with a nonprofit twist
Austin Fitzgerald | RJI

As newspapers continue to search for an ideal path forward, the vanguards of some of the newest experiments in nonprofit news are surprisingly old fashioned.

Project Veritas says the FBI declared it part of media
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO

Prosecutors have ridiculed the idea that Project Veritas does journalism, but court filing says FBI treated group as "news media."

Twitter will hide tweets that share false info during a crisis
Russell Brandom | The Verge

The platform has a new "crisis misinformation policy."

In some states, students account for a large and growing share of statehouse reporters
Carrie Blazina | Pew Research Center

Student journalists account for around one-in-ten state capitol reporters in the United States (11%), according to a recent Pew Research Center study. In some states, however, they account for a much larger share of the statehouse press corps, with notable increases in some places since 2014.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
Sen. Mike Lee introduces bill to restore and protect competition in digital advertising
Press Release | Sen. Mike Lee

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), joined by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conecticut), has introduced the Competition and Transparency in Digital Advertising Act. The bill would restore and protect competition in digital advertising by eliminating conflicts of interest that have allowed the leading platforms in the market to manipulate ad auctions and impose monopoly rents on a broad swath of the American economy.

Kurt Jackson, owner of SCS
Kurt Jackson of SCS named to top 10 list of creative technology entrepreneurs
Sahil Sachdeva | Entrepreneur India

Kurt Jackson's love for journalism and news publication brought him to work at and eventually purchase Software Consulting Services, LLC (SCS). It also landed him on Entrepreneur India's list of 10 extraordinarily sharp and creative entrepreneurs who are bringing needed change to various industries.

Nations are nowhere on their climate commitments, and too few journalists are holding them accountable
Andrew McCormick | CJR

Amid everything else going on in the world, leaders might excuse themselves for moving climate to the backburner, but the press has no obligation to let them, much less to follow suit.

Why won’t some people pay for news?
Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis | Nieman Lab

Plus: The role of class in news avoidance, how local party leaders use partisan media, and what native advertising studios say to sell their work.