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Daily Herald publisher to leave newspaper April 3

Keith Ponder, publisher of The Daily Herald in Columbia, Tennessee, will be leaving the newspaper following a management restructuring by Gannett. more

In U.S. epicenter for COVID-19, Seattle Times empties its newsroom

“For the first time ever, every newsroom employee is working remotely from home, as are all company employees who are able to do so,” Seattle Times Executive Editor Michele Matassa Flores reported to readers Sunday, March 15. more

The Pilot: 'We exist for moments like this'

“In turbulent times like these, our community looks to The Pilot and its publications to provide accurate information and a steady dose of normalcy," David Woronoff, publisher of The Pilot, in Southern Pines, North Carolina, wrote in a memo to all employees. "Thank you all for staying calm and focused on your work, as it’s very easy to get distracted.” more

Shaw Media: 'Anyone who can work from home should work from home'

A detailed memo outlines four basic goals set forth by Shaw Media in response to COVID-19, the most dramatic of which is the directive to employees to work from home if at all possible. “We said anyone who can work from home should work from home,” Rung said in an interview. more

Strict social distancing is rigorously enforced in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette

In addition to the deep cleaning and practicing for remote operations, the newspapers in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette are rigorously enforcing a policy of “social distancing.” more

Hearst's Steve Swartz addresses effect from coronavirus in annual letter

Hearst is continuing to evaluate the safety of its offices on a daily basis, and any colleague who feels uncomfortable coming into work has been advised to talk with their manager about working from home where possible. more

Galveston publisher: 'We are running at a high rate of reinvention'

The editorial staff at The Daily News in Galveston, Texas, has been repositioned to provide the in-depth coverage of the virus that the community needs.  At the same time, Publisher Leonard Woolsey said he wants to create a reassuring feeling in the community without contributing to panic.  more

USA TODAY joins Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Program

USA TODAY has expanded its fact-checking efforts in a new partnership with Facebook to identify misinformation more

Newspapers in the time of COVID-19

What steps are you taking to meet the challenges at your newspaper — both in terms of keeping your staff safe and providing the needed information your community needs? Share your news with America's Newspapers: more

The Seattle Times to consolidate advertising systems to drive sales

After being introduced to Adpoint at the Mega-Conference, The Seattle Times has chosen Adpoint (from Lineup Systems) as its new order management system across print, digital and agency services product lines. more

Spurn the churn: Data-driven reader retention solutions

When researchers at Northwestern University’s Medill Local News Initiative searched for the key reasons readers decide to stay subscribers or add to churn statistics, they made some incongruous findings. Like the more pages someone reads, the more likely they are to churn. more

Statesman prevails in court fight for UT records

“Judge Yelenosky strongly planted a flag for the public’s right to know with the decision,” said John Bussian, attorney for the Austin American-Statesman, following a ruling that the public has a right to see disciplinary records of University of Texas students accused of sex crimes. “And we hope that if the university appeals, that the judge’s decision will be quickly affirmed so the public can see the records.” more

Leadership changing for Athens newspaper, website

Caitlyn Stroh-Page is assuming leadership of the Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald and its digital assets, following the announcement that Kevin Clark, general manager, is leaving the paper. more

Leadership transition announced for The Register-Guard

Executive Editor Alison Bath will assume leadership in Eugene, Ore., with the departure of Publisher Shanna Cannon. more

Diane McFarlin to retire as dean of the UF College of Journalism and Communications

In announcing her decision to retire at the end of the year, Diane McFarlin said: “I have loved every role that I have played in my 44-year career: reporter, editor, publisher, college administrator. Each job has seemed better than the last, and that has certainly been true as dean of my alma mater.” more

During Sunshine Week 2020, serve your audience by fighting government secrecy

From America's Newspapers: It is “ordinary” Americans — and not journalists — who make the most use of open meetings and freedom of information laws. Americans want to know what is going on in their public schools. They want to know how their town is spending money maintaining streets and sidewalks. They want to know how their property taxes compare to similar homes. They want to be in the room when a zoning change is proposed in their neighborhood. Sunshine Week is a perfect opportunity to remind Americans that is it their money that produces information that belongs to them, and it is their elected and appointed officials who must make decisions in front of them and not behind closed doors. more

Most say journalists should be watchdogs, but views of how well they fill this role vary by party, media diet

American's largely agree on the value of media's watchdog role, but a substantial partisan gap exists as to how well journalists are performing that role, according to a new analysis of data from Pew Research Center’s Election News Pathways project. more

StarNews’ Pam Sander to lead Gannett’s Southeast region

Wilmington (North Carolina) StarNews executive editor Pam Sander was named one of Gannett’s 12 regional editors on Wednesday, and she will now oversee newsrooms across five Southeast states. more

Katrice Hardy named Indianapolis Star executive editor, USA TODAY Network regional editor

Katrice Hardy, who was executive editor of the Greenville (South Carolina) News, has been named executive editor of the Indianapolis Star and editor of Gannett's Midwest region that includes more than two dozen properties. more

New editor for Chicago Tribune named as part of newsroom leadership restructuring

The Chicago Tribune has announced a restructuring of its leadership, with Colin McMahon being named editor-in-chief. Bruce Dold and Peter Kendall are leaving the paper. more
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