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New Jersey adopts public records overhaul but critics say it tightens access to documents

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation overhauling access to the state’s public records, likely making it harder for the public and media to access some documents, according to critics. more

A brutal week for Oregon newspapers with more sales, closures

A one-two punch this week is knocking out much of Oregon’s remaining local newspaper ownership. Two family-owned publishing companies announced Monday that they are selling or have sold nearly half the state’s newspapers. more

Does your newsroom have a data ethics policy?

This is the first in Poynter's summer series sharing how-tos, tips and guides from the 2023-2024 Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellows. First up, José Luis Martínez, a data reporter at The Connecticut Mirror. CT Mirror is a 14-year-old digital nonprofit newsroom that covers politics, policy and government. Martínez’s project, “Behind the Numbers,” won Poynter's top fellowship prize. more

EO Media Group announces changes to newspaper operations

EO Media Group is making substantial changes across the company, including layoffs and reductions in print frequency at several newspapers. more

Press association beats back public notice bill in Maryland

A bill that would have curbed some public notice advertising revenue for newspapers in Maryland has been vetoed by Gov. Wes Moore (D). more

Pamplin Media Group sells to Carpenter Media Group

Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. has sold Pamplin Media Group (PMG) to Carpenter Media Group (CMG), according to John Cribb, Cribb, Cope & Potts, who represented Dr. Pamplin in the transaction. The sale was closed effective June 1. Terms were not disclosed. more

Ballantine Communications Inc. acquires The Farmington Daily Times (NM) from Gannett

Ballantine Communications has acquired The Daily Times, which serves Farmington and San Juan County, New Mexico, from Gannett Co. Inc., according to John Cribb of Cribb, Cope & Potts, who represented the Ballantine family in the transaction. Dirks, Van Essen & April represented Gannett in the transaction. more

Star Tribune offers free digital subscriptions to all graduating high school seniors across the state of Minnesota

The Star Tribune Media Company, the largest news organization in the Midwest, is offering free one-year digital subscriptions to all graduating high school seniors across the state of Minnesota. more

Illinois passes $25 million in tax credits to boost local journalism

The Illinois legislature has approved measures that provide $25 million in tax credits over the next five years for local news organizations to hire and retain journalists, becoming the second large state in two months to try to bolster the ailing local news industry with tax incentives. more

New AP Stylebook includes new criminal justice chapter

The Associated Press has released The Associated Press Stylebook, 57th Edition, which includes guidance that is new as of May 29, such as a new chapter on criminal justice, plus additions and changes made throughout the year on AP Stylebook Online.  more

News industry launches toolkit for coverage of trauma and disaster

Leaders in journalist safety have unveiled a new suite of online resources designed to help better prepare newsrooms, journalists and educators for coverage of trauma, violence and disaster.   more

Karen Tolkkinen joins Star Tribune as Greater Minnesota columnist

The Star Tribune Media Company, the largest news organization in the Midwest, today announced that Karen Tolkkinen will join the organization as its new Greater Minnesota columnist. more

News/Media Alliance calls on FTC, DOJ to investigate Google

The News/Media Alliance sent a letter May 28 to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), urging the agencies to investigate Google’s monopolistic taking of digital news publishing and stop its latest expansion through its use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) within its ubiquitous search product “before the effects become irreversible.” more

AP announces content collaborations with 5 nonprofit news outlets

The Associated Press has announced five new content sharing agreements with U.S. nonprofit news outlets: CalMatters, Honolulu Civil Beat, Montana Free Press, Nebraska Journalism Trust and South Dakota News Watch. more

Engaging audiences amid news fatigue

Speaking at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York on Thursday, Executive Editor Julie Pace outlined several challenges facing the news industry and steps news organizations must take to address them. more

Shift to smartphones from TV and print in full swing

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed, or 62%, said they use their smartphones to get local news all the time or often, compared to 52% who watch news on television all the time or often. more

Kelly Boldan is named to new West Central Tribune role in Minnesota

Editor Kelly J. Boldan has been named site manager of the West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minnesota), effective June 3. more

Americans have mixed views about how the news media cover Biden’s, Trump’s ages

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans have mixed feelings about the way news organizations are handling the issue for each candidate, with views sharply divided by political party. more

BetMGM to become AP’s official odds provider

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, and The Associated Press have announced an agreement that makes BetMGM the official sports odds provider across the AP global sports report. more

Carpenter Media Group to acquire 10 titles and print facility from CNHI

Carpenter Media Group (CMG) and CNHI, LLC have reached a preliminary agreement for CMG to acquire 10 newspapers spread across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, as well as a print facility in Valdosta, Georgia. more
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