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Russian opposition newspaper will arm its journalists – The Guardian

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Editors of the Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta have said they are planning to provide their employees with weapons training and arm them with “traumatic” or less lethal weapons to protect themselves against possible attacks. The decision comes amid a spike in violence against dissenters in Russia, including this week’s attack on a radio journalist who was stabbed in the neck at the offices of the liberal Ekho Moskvy radio…

Blockchain Journalism Platform Civil Receives $5 Million in Funding – CoinDesk

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Decentralized journalism marketplace Civil has announced $5 million in funding from blockchain development firm ConsenSys. The in-development blockchain-based news platform said in a blog post that it plans to set aside half the funds as capital, while the remaining half will go towards building out its services. According to Civil founder Matthew Iles, the platform aims to create a “self-sustaining” marketplace for journalism that is “free from advertising, fake news, and outside influence.”…

FCC Moves to End TV-Newspaper Ownership Ban – Bloomberg

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said he’ll move to weaken or kill local media ownership restrictions next month, potentially clearing the way for more consolidation among companies that own TV and radio stations. Chairman Ajit Pai told Congress he’ll ask the FCC, where he leads a Republican majority, to eliminate the rule barring common ownership of a newspaper and nearby broadcast station, and to revise restrictions on owning…

Together, we are safeguarding the Guardian’s independent journalism – The Guardian

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The most important relationship the Guardian has is with its readers. Which is why, when faced with serious questions about how we might fund our journalism in this new digital era, we asked you to be part of the answer. Today, I’m pleased to update you on our ongoing joint efforts to safeguard the future of the Guardian’s independent journalism. The Guardian is now funded by more than 800,000 supporters…

FCC to loosen TV, newspaper ownership rules – Reuters

Thursday, October 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants to rollback landmark media ownership regulations that prohibit owning a television station and newspaper in the same market and making it easier to acquire additional TV or radio stations, Chairman Ajit Pai said on Wednesday. If approved at the FCC’s November meeting, the move would be a win for newspapers and broadcasters that have pushed for the change for decades, but…

Jeff Glor named permanent host of CBS Evening News – Poynter (blog)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The CBS Evening News, which has been without a permanent anchor since Scott Pelley’s departure in June, has at last named a new one. Jeff Glor, a 10-year veteran at the network, will take over the chair once occupied by Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Katie Couric, among others. According to a news release, Glor has reported across the globe for virtually all CBS News broadcasts and digital platforms. He recently anchored…

Largest Local Newspaper In Virginia Seeks To Cut Nearly 10% Of Staff – Forbes

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Shutterstock The Virginian-Pilot, the largest local daily newspaper in Virginia, announced today that it was seeking to reduce its staff by nearly 10%. The Norfolk-based newspaper, known locally as The Pilot, serves much of southeastern Virginia and northeast North Carolina. It has a Sunday circulation of around 130,000. Pilot Media, the paper’s parent company, will try to achieve the reduction by easing out its most senior, and therefore most expensive,…

Why the Athletic Wants to Pillage Newspapers – New York Times

Monday, October 23, 2017

These reporters are skilled experts feeling the strains of a crippled industry, and many are looking for a way out. Mather knows it. Mather, 37, founded The Athletic with Adam Hansmann, 29. They worked together at Strava, an app and website for weekend warriors and elite competitors that calls itself the social network for athletes. That experience, along with their frustration at the difficulty of finding high quality sports writing…

Who are the Adams family, and why are they buying newspapers by the dozen? – Poynter (blog)

Monday, October 23, 2017

As family owners of newspapers are deciding in waves to exit the difficult industry, many of them are finding a new and eager suitor — the secretive Adams Publishing Group. Barely three years old, Minneapolis-based Adams has assembled a group of more than 100 small dailies, weeklies and shoppers in at least 15 separate transactions. In contrast to other big consolidators, they often leave existing management in place, do not impose…

Rupert Murdoch Is Leaning on Trump to Shake Up the Fed – Vanity Fair

Monday, October 23, 2017

America’s famously indecisive president is facing a monumental decision affecting the entire U.S. economy, so it’s no surprise that he’s treating it with all the seriousness of another reality television spectacle. On February 3, Janet Yellen‘s term as chair of the Federal Reserve comes to an end, and Donald Trump will have had to have appointed a successor. He could, of course, renominate Yellen, whose dovish policy has helped fuel…

‘Why should newspapers not be accountable?’ – The Guardian

Monday, October 23, 2017

I became the Guardian’s, and the UK’s, first readers’ editor, or resident ombudsman, on 5 November – fireworks night – 1997. There had been attempts at various forms of self-regulation in the past but nothing quite like this. The first British newspaper to appoint anyone actually called an ombudsman was the Daily Mirror in the mid-1980s, during the ownership of Robert Maxwell, which perhaps explains why very little was heard…

Newspaper headlines: Budget ‘ambush’ and transition deal plea – BBC News

Monday, October 23, 2017

Image caption Chancellor Philip Hammond has been told he faces an “ambush” over his upcoming Budget from Conservative MPs who want him out of his position, the Times reports. The paper says senior government figures fear Mr Hammond has become “too toxic” to get difficult policies through the Commons. Image caption UK business leaders, meanwhile, are urging Brexit Secretary Davis Davis to quickly establish a transition deal that mirrors existing…

‘Why should newspapers not be accountable?’ – The Guardian

Monday, October 23, 2017

I became the Guardian’s, and the UK’s, first readers’ editor, or resident ombudsman, on 5 November – fireworks night – 1997. There had been attempts at various forms of self-regulation in the past but nothing quite like this. The first British newspaper to appoint anyone actually called an ombudsman was the Daily Mirror in the mid-1980s, during the ownership of Robert Maxwell, which perhaps explains why very little was heard…

British newspaper apologizes for cropping out Solange’s braids – NY … – New York Daily News

Monday, October 23, 2017

Solange Knowles got the apology she was looking for. Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper issued a statement Saturday to the “Cranes in the Sky” singer after cropping out an elaborate hairstyle for its cover shot. “We were delighted to have the chance to interview the wonderful Solange Knowles and photograph her for this week’s edition of ES magazine. It is therefore a matter of great regret that the…

Witching Hour: Director of Iowa Newspaper Association highlights … – The Daily Iowan

Monday, October 23, 2017

Longtime journalist presents how local newspapers are rising from the grave By Sarah Stortz sarah-stortz@uiowa.edu Whenever Susan Patterson Plank, the executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association, is asked what she does for a living, she often responds with “saving democracy.” As part of Witching Hour Festival this past weekend, Plank gave a presentation, titled “Local Media: Rising from the Dead,” focusing on recent trends for small-town newspapers in…

Utah newspaper urges Romney to run for Senate, calls him ‘savior for Republicans’ – Fox News

Monday, October 23, 2017

FILE: Then President-elect Trump meets with Mitt Comney in Bedminster, N.J. A newspaper in Utah called on Romney to run for Senate.  (Reuters) An influential newspaper in Utah on Sunday called on former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s to run for Senate to replace Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and be a “savior for Republicans exhausted by President Trump.” “Mitt Romney should run for Senate,” read The Salt Lake Tribune’s…

Malta: Newspapers, Citizens Take Up Slain Reporter’s Message – Voice of America

Monday, October 23, 2017

VALLETTA, MALTA —  Several thousand Maltese citizens rallied Sunday to honor an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb, but the prime minister and opposition leader who were chief targets of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s reporting stayed away from the gathering. Participants at the rally in Malta’s capital, Valletta, placed flowers at the foot of a memorial to the 53-year-old reporter that sprang up opposite the law court building after her…

‘Why should newspapers not be accountable?’ – The Guardian

Monday, October 23, 2017

I became the Guardian’s, and the UK’s, first readers’ editor, or resident ombudsman, on 5 November – fireworks night – 1997. There had been attempts at various forms of self-regulation in the past but nothing quite like this. The first British newspaper to appoint anyone actually called an ombudsman was the Daily Mirror in the mid-1980s, during the ownership of Robert Maxwell, which perhaps explains why very little was heard…

British newspaper apologizes for cropping out Solange’s braided crown after singer complained – New York Daily News

Monday, October 23, 2017

Solange Knowles got the apology she was looking for. Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper issued a statement Saturday to the “Cranes in the Sky” singer after cropping out an elaborate hairstyle for its cover shot. “We were delighted to have the chance to interview the wonderful Solange Knowles and photograph her for this week’s edition of ES magazine. It is therefore a matter of great regret that the…