“The very first edition had an open rate of more than 100 percent, meaning that not only were our readers opening and reading the newsletter, they were reading the newsletter multiple times or forwarding it along to friends and family to read.”
JOURNALISM.CO.UK / MARCELA KUNOVA / JUN 7
“Granted, it’s a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, but to keep local journalism going it is what we need. What if an endowment were established to fund journalists across America? Thousands of them, placed in every market with a focus on issues that matter to local residents. The idea may seem crazy, but a similar idea has already been serving the information needs of communities for nearly a century.”
MEDIUM / DON DAY / JUN 7
“The class-based assumptions in the writing are staggering.”
TWITTER / FARAI CHIDEYA / JUN 6
90 percent white and 73 percent male, by CJR’s counting.
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW / JON ALLSOP, KELSEY ABLES, AND DENISE SOUTHWOOD / JUN 6
“In the US, the Los Angeles Times got the lion’s share from @AppleNews, racking up 39 of the 61 Twitter mentions of regional publishers—approximately two-thirds—with New York-centric outlets New York magazine, the New York Post, and The New Yorker accounting for thirteen of the remaining twenty-two.”
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW / PETE BROWN / JUN 6
Baker had faced newsroom revolt over allegedly soft coverage of the Trump administration.
NEWS CORP / JUN 6
“I think it’s absurd to believe that starting a business is going to be easier than being a journalist in this job market. I was a columnist at Fortune for a bit, and I got the contract because I had started a Wall Street site called Dealbreaker. I had an office at Fortune, and there was a guy who was sort of peer-level to me who was not happy about it, because I hadn’t gone through the normal channels to get a column at Fortune.”
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW / GABRIEL SNYDER / JUN 4
“Community publishers are having to deal with perhaps the greatest collective threat they have ever faced, a newsprint tariff that has raised their printing costs by about 20 percent.”
INSTITUTE FOR RURAL JOURNALISM AND COMMUNITY ISSUES / AL CROSS / JUN 4
Hopefully it will be cleaner than other reports on local news deserts.
POYNTER / TOM STITES / JUN 1
Paul Gao, an associate professor of finance at the University of Notre Dame and one of the paper’s authors, was inspired to look into the issue after an episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” about the news industry. “He was focused on two things: consolidation of national news media and closure of local news media. John Oliver’s show really gave us the prompt for the phenomenon, and we started thinking about it from an economist’s point of view.”
CITYLAB / KRISTON CAPPS / JUN 1
“One thing that transfers from being a journalist or an editor directly into running a business is your sense that you can find the answer to a question, that you can do the research and get to the bottom of something.”
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW / GABRIEL SNYDER / JUN 1