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El Rito Media acquires Alamogordo Daily News, Carlsbad Current Argus and Ruidoso News

El Rito Media, LLC has agreed to purchase from Gannett three newspapers in New Mexico: the Alamogordo Daily News, the Carlsbad Current Argus and the Ruidoso News. more

Americans’ changing relationship with local news

The inaugural report of the Pew-Knight Initiative reveals that despite fewer U.S. adults following local news and few paying for it directly, 85% still consider these outlets important to their community and 63% believe they are in good financial shape. more

Scripps appoints new president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Fund

Meredith Delaney has been appointed president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Fund, the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company, effective May 8. She succeeds Liz Carter, whose retirement was announced in January. more

Americans have concerns about election coverage. Here are 3 ways to respond

Here are some specific points for newspapers to consider as they evaluate how to build trust this year — plus resources and inspiration for getting started. more

Pennsylvania to study whether notices should still be placed in print newspapers

May 7, 2024 - Pennsylvania is the latest state that could stop jurisdictions from paying newspapers for publishing their legal notices.  more

The Kansas City Star launches interactive Edition

In a message to readers, Greg Farmer, executive editor of The Kansas City Star, introduced a new and improved digital experience: The Star’s Edition. He wrote: "Consider this a 'Best of The Star' Edition where we’re sharing every day the must-see stories, videos, photos and other content you can’t find anywhere else." more

Catching up with — and rooting for — an entrepreneur taking a chance on fixer-upper newspapers

Jeremy Gulban was trying to pause, after a spree of acquiring newspapers in small towns where Wall Street firms had milked their local papers dry. But he couldn’t resist the opportunity when Alden Global Capital closed a group of six Minnesota papers in late April. more

Pew: Most Americans value local news, but few are paying

Challenges and opportunity for local news are spelled out starkly in a new survey by Pew Research Center. Most U.S. adults appreciate local news, Pew found, but fewer are paying close attention, only 15% pay for it and most don’t know it’s in a financial crisis. more

ProPublica awarded Pulitzer Prize for Public Service

ProPublica was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the work of Joshua Kaplan, Justin Elliott, Brett Murphy, Alex Mierjeski and Kirsten Berg. The award was presented for groundbreaking and ambitious reporting that pierced the thick wall of secrecy surrounding the Supreme Court to reveal how a small group of politically influential billionaires wooed justices with lavish gifts and travel, pushing the Court to adopt its first code of conduct. more

Longtime Gainesville Sun executive editor 'Ed' Johnson dies at 92

Edward "Ed" L. Johnson, a longtime executive editor of The Gainesville (Florida) Sun for more than two decades who oversaw the newspaper during its two Pulitzer Prize wins, died April 23 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 92. more

Carter Publishing sells the Kernersville (NC) News to Paxton Media Group

Meredith Owensby Harrell has sold Carter Publishing Co., Inc. d/b/a Kernersville (North Carolina) News to Paxton Media Group, according to John Cribb of Cribb, Cope & Potts who represented the Carter/Owensby-Harrell family in the transaction. Terms were not disclosed. more

Ballantine Communications to acquire Farmington (NM) Daily Times

Ballantine Communications Inc., which owns The Durango Herald and The Journal in Southwest Colorado, has reached an agreement with Gannett Co. Inc. to purchase the Farmington Daily Times. more

Advocating for the newspaper industry and local communities

The relationships that members of America's Newspapers have with their legislators have proven tremendously important this year in helping to generate support in Congress for the Community News and Small Business Support Act, Dean Ridings, CEO of America's Newspapers, told attendees at the Mega-Conference.

With the recent addition of five more co-sponsors, the Community News and Small Business Support Act (H.R. 4756) now has 46 co-sponsors, with a fairly even number of Democrats and Republicans supporting the legislation.  more

Pulitzer Prize Board issues statement about student journalists who are covering campus protests

"As we gather to consider the nation’s finest and most courageous journalism, the Pulitzer Prize Board would like to recognize the tireless efforts of student journalists across our nation’s college campuses, who are covering protests and unrest in the face of great personal and academic risk." — Pulitzer Prize Board more

Journalism has many roles. It’s time to embrace the role of convener.

Americans need accurate, contextual news and information to make decisions that help our communities thrive. It’s tempting to think that means news leaders need only focus on gathering and publishing facts. But local news has other essential roles that complement and enhance reporting. more

Student journalists are put to the test, and sometimes face danger, in covering protests on campus

Ordered by police to leave the scene of a UCLA campus protest after violence broke out, Catherine Hamilton and three colleagues from the Daily Bruin suddenly found themselves surrounded by demonstrators who beat, kicked and sprayed them with a noxious chemical. On American campuses awash in anger this spring, student journalists are in the center of it all, sometimes uncomfortably so. more

DOJ, Google to present closing arguments in antitrust trial

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Google will present closing arguments Thursday and Friday in the government’s case alleging the tech giant has illegally maintained and operated a monopoly in the online search market.   more

News organizations have trust issues as they gear up to cover another election, a poll finds

Even as many Americans say they learn about the 2024 election campaign from national news outlets, a disquieting poll reveals some serious trust issues. more

The Kerrville Daily Times welcomes new publisher Greg Burney

The Kerrville (Texas)  Daily Times welcomed its new publisher, Greg Burney, on April 22. He succeeds Jennifer McCullough, who announced her retirement March 6. more

David Dishman named executive editor of the Fort Collins Coloradoan

David Dishman, business, growth and development editor at the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, has been named the Coloradoan’s new executive editor. Dishman replaces Eric Larsen, who left in January to become executive editor of the Indianapolis Star, part of the USA TODAY Network. more
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