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The New York Times chief political analyst Nate Cohn rains on Democratic candidates’ parade this week with a reminder that – remember how off those polls were in 2016 and 2020? – Dems’ poll numbers are looking rosy in exactly the places surveys misjudged the most in 2020. Are we looking at another mirage?
Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” told NPR the cable network was ending his show, a weekly analysis of the news media, and that he would leave CNN after its last episode. The cancellation leaves only one national show analyzing the news business, “BuzzFeed” hosted by Howard Kurtz on Fox News.
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Another local newspaper is on its way to being acquired by a nonprofit media organization. Under a plan announced this week, the Denton Record-Chronicle will be acquired by Dallas-based KERA. The deal, if it goes through, will close in 2023, the Record-Chronicle reported.
National Public Radio’s chief news executive Nancy Barnes will leave amid management changes at the network, Current reports. The transition will come after the midterm elections.
Content creation staff at Arlington, Va.-based WETA subsidiary NewsHour Productions, which produces PBS NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Weekend and Washington Week, announced their intent to form a union, Current reports.
Do you live in a ‘news desert’? The University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism looks at the growing gaps in news coverage left by the closures of local newspapers around the country. The report is available here.
(June 29, 2022) Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan writes that one-third of U.S. newspapers will that existed two decades ago will be out of business by 2025, according to research made public from Northwestern University’s Medill School.
Link to media release about the study and related multimedia downloads here.
(Jan. 22, 2022) Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan writes that nonprofit newsrooms like the Texas Tribune, show promise as a prospective new model for struggling local news.
A documentary about the struggles of local journalism – think newspapers that cover the daily news of a town like Storm Lake, Iowa (population: 10,000) – airs the week of Nov. 15 on PBS. The Storm Lake Times, the subject of the film, is the second smallest news organization ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. It fills a vital need in this rural community. Poynter has a write-up on the project, as does The Houston Press.
The latest Institute for Nonprofit News survey, known as the INN Index, found that a growing portion of nonprofit newsrooms are dedicated to local public affairs, Neiman Labs reported.
When the Southwestern border town of Del Rio, Texas, lost its only newspaper, a local man stepped in with an investment in print, turning his event-oriented website into a news outlet with a print edition. He’s helping fight back against the encroaching edges of a news desert.
Against the growing phenomena of news deserts in the United States – areas where local news outlets have failed or have been gutted by the loss of ad revenue – PBS is being called upon to act. One suggested remedy is overhauling the way the Corporation for Public Broadcasting issues grants for public affairs programming, from a Washington, DC -based metric to spending decided by local news producers. ...
(Sept. 1, 2020) PBS NewsHour interviews media critic Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post about so-called news deserts and what they mean for U.S. democracy.