It was big news in January when nonprofit WBEZ radio in Chicago acquired the Chicago Sun-Times, raising $61 million from foundations and individuals to acquire the daily paper under the umbrella of Chicago Public Media. Now, the Sun-Times is taking another step into a new media landscape by taking down its digital paywall and, like WBEZ, asking the community to support its … [Read more...] about Chicago Sun-Times drops its paywall. Will other local newspapers follow?
The challenges of rural journalism are mainly the challenges of the communities it tries to serve, and many of those challenges are daunting. But they are not dispositive. That was made clear at the National Summit on Journalism in Rural America by some sharp, innovative and courageous editors, publishers, academics and other journalism supporters. "Community newspapers are … [Read more...] about State of rural journalism: Buyers needed, news deserts expanding
Full time statehouse reporters are now a luxury for many news organizations. Brenden Moore, who reports on state politics and government for Lee Enterprises, said It’s impossible to talk about the decline of full time statehouse reporters without talking about the decline of the newspaper industry as a whole. “If you’re struggling to cover city council, … [Read more...] about Nonprofit news outlets bolster statehouse coverage across the country, including in Illinois
A growing number of media outlets are banning the publication of police mugshots--and in some cases, removing them from digital archives, in the wake of a national reckoning on racial justice that followed the murder of George Floyd last summer in Minnesota. Both the Chicago Tribune and St. Louis Post Dispatch have adopted new policies in recent months. The Tribune announced … [Read more...] about More news outlets stop publishing mugshots in wake of George Floyd protests, national reckoning over race
Were this to have happened across the pond, British pundits would have called it "dumb arse stupid": Jim Romenesko, in a blog post on his website jimromenesko.com, reports that "the Kansas City Star has told reporters Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann that one of them has to leave the paper, and they — not management — have to decide who goes." The headline of the story reads, … [Read more...] about Management is supposed to manage, right?