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2020 report from UNC Hussman Knight Chair on the state of local journalism

More than one-fourth — 2,100 — of the country’s newspapers operating 15 years ago are no longer in business, according to the latest report on the state of local news by Penelope Muse Abernathy of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Only half the number of journalists working at newspapers 10 years ago are doing so today. In addition to the state of local newspapers, the report focuses on the state of digital media, ethnic media and public broadcasting outlets. more

Nieman Lab announces staff changes

Two journalists at Nieman Lab, the Nieman Foundation’s publication covering digital innovation and change in journalism, are moving into new roles beginning on July 1. more

Journal Star in Peoria names new executive editor

Romando Dixson has been named executive editor of the Journal Star in Peoria, Illinois, becoming the first African American to serve as editor of the paper. more

Nashville artists, authors, athletes speak up for First Amendment: 1 for All awareness effort

Nashville's taking center stage in a new ad campaign that focuses on the critical need nationwide for Americans to know, and practice, their First Amendment rights to free speech, a free press, peaceable assembly, religion and petitioning the government. more

Mesabi Daily News, Hibbing Daily Tribune to merge July 8, keep six-day print schedule

Adams Publishing Group has announced that the Mesabi (Minnesota) Daily News and Hibbing Daily Tribune are merging into one six-day newspaper, the Mesabi Tribune, effective Wednesday, July 8. more

Best Agent Today to power real estate solution for Lee's 77 newspaper website properties

Lee Enterprises has entered into a strategic alliance with Best Agent Today that will bring  new real estate services to Lee's digital brands in all 77 of its markets across the country. more

AP boosts customer choice with new live video replay ability

The Associated Press has announced a new feature that allows live video customers to access live event coverage for up to a week after it's delivered. more

Post-Pandemic: We Rebuild sections offer perspectives, solutions

Five McClatchy newspapers in South Carolina — The State (Columbia), The Island Packet, The Beaufort Gazette, The Sun News (Myrtle Beach) and The Herald (Rock Hill) — have launched "We Rebuild" sections on their websites to bring together perspectives and solutions for a path to restore their communities in a post-pandemic world. more

Medill awarded $1 million by McCormick Foundation to help improve local news in Chicago

Medill will launch a comprehensive series of initiatives through Metro Media Lab to help local news organizations better engage with citizens; provide quality, solutions-oriented journalism; and strengthen the sustainability of local news organizations through research, training and student-produced storytelling in partnerships with Chicago outlets. more

Gannett forms state capitol bureau for Pennsylvania

Scott Fisher has been named bureau editor of a new state capitol bureau to serve Gannett’s 14 Pennsylvania properties and the USA TODAY NETWORK’s Atlantic Region. He will continue his news duties for the York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record. more

AP changes writing style to capitalize 'b' in Black

The Associated Press changed its writing style guide Friday to capitalize the “b” in the term Black when referring to people in a racial, ethnic or cultural context, weighing in on a hotly debated issue. more

Victoria Advocate names new general manager

George Coleman has been named the general manager of operations for the Victoria (Texas) Advocate by Stephen McHaney, president of M. Roberts Media. more

The Post and Courier announces first three hires in Greenville

Ryan Gilchrest has been named managing editor of The Post and Courier Greenville, heading up the powerhouse team that will lead the South Carolina paper's digital-only newsroom in Greenville.  more

5 ways that local newsrooms can utilize TikTok

With TikTok being a platform that consists primarily of dance and comedy videos, is there a space for news? The team at Chatham News + Record thought they’d give the platform a try and see if they could discover the answer for themselves. TikTok, which launched in 2016, has around 800 million active users. more

First Amendment Watch releases a citizen’s guide to recording police

In response to the recent protests around the country, First Amendment Watch, a project of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has created a guide for journalists and citizens advising them of their First Amendment right to record police. The guide discusses important legal concepts, such as the right to gather information, and the right to record and share, and contains key court decisions affirming the public’s right to record police in the course of their duties. more

Gannett eliminates CEO position for operating company, announces departure of Paul Bascobert

Gannett Co. announced yesterday that Paul Bascobert, CEO of its operating company, will leave the company after the board eliminated his position to streamline its operating structure. more

White Paper outlines Google’s dominant market behavior, harming of journalism

The News Media Alliance has released a White Paper, “How Google Abuses Its Position as a Market Dominant Platform to Strong-Arm News Publishers and Hurt Journalism.” The Alliance has submitted the White Paper to the Department of Justice (DOJ) as they proceed with an investigation of Google’s anticompetitive behavior. more

SNPA Foundation announces officers slate

The Board of Trustees of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation elected a new slate of officers for 2020-2021 at its meeting on June 17. more

Boone Newspapers appoints regional publisher over Andalusia, Atmore and Brewton papers

Kendra Majors has been named regional publisher of The Andalusia (Alabama) Star-News, The Atmore Advance, The Brewton Standard and associated print and digital products. more

Beloit Daily News will move operations to downtown site

The Beloit (Wisconsin) Daily News will be moving to a new location in September, in the city’s downtown business district. more
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