NCPA News
Distelhorst named publisher of The Fayetteville Observer
Mike Distelhorst was named publisher of The Fayetteville Observer on Wednesday as part of a consolidation effort by Gatehouse Media, the company that owns the newspaper.Distelhorst, who already …
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CISLM TO WELCOME TABLE STAKES COHORT 3 IN AUGUST
The UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media is pleased to announce the selection of 13 media organizations that will focus on audience engagement and creating sustainable revenue …
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Study: Stricter Paywalls, Email Newsletters Help Boost Paid Subs
Publishers with stricter paywalls, email newsletters and clearly defined audiences were most likely to boost reader revenue, a survey of more than 500 digital publications found. Publishers …
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Is bigger better? Gannett merger will test whether local news can be saved.
When the Ohio family who owned the Columbus Dispatch for 110 years finally decided to sell the newspaper four years ago, among the final bidders were two chains: GateHouse Media and Gannett. The …
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New sources of hope for local journalism
Last year, Facebook announced a new content stream called “Today In” to aggregate local news from reputable sources, only to discover it couldn’t find enough local news to …
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North Carolina media company acquires Times Leader
A North Carolina-based media company has acquired the Times Leader, the company announced Friday. Avant Publications has purchased the daily newspaper along with its branded publications, …
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Laieke Abebe joins Neuse News staff
In preparation for the upcoming 2019-20 sports season, Neuse News has added another talented member to its roster. Laieke Abebe recently joined the organization, continuing his work throughout …
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New Media Buying Gannett for $1.4 Billion to Form News Giant
New Media Investment Group Inc. agreed to acquire Gannett Co. in a $1.38 billion deal that unites the two biggest U.S. daily newspaper chains in an industry that’s consolidating …
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Publisher Leslie Kahana buys Lake Norman Publications
Leslie Kahana is the new owner of Lake Norman Publications, a group of suburban Charlotte (North Carolina) newspapers, the company’s Herald Citizen reported. The move comes four months …
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Butterfield bill seeks boost for minority broadcasters
Wilson’s congressman has introduced a bill to help minorities and women start television and radio stations. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson’s H.R. 3957, the Expanding Broadcast …
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Members on the move
Goodman announces retirement
If there’s one thing Mike Goodman knows after more than four decades in the newspaper business, it’s that things don’t stay the same very long. Every day there’s something …
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Lorry Williams named executive editor of The Fayetteville Observer
Lorry Williams, who has held numerous positions in The Fayetteville Observer’s newsroom over the past 32 years, has been named as the newspaper’s executive editor.Publisher Bob Gruber …
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SCOUT HIRES NEW SALES ASSOCIATE
Debbie Dills, started working in the front office of the Cherokee Scout on Nov. 15, 2013, has been named the local newspaper’s newest sales associate.Dills replaces sales manager Donna Cook, …
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Observer names veteran journalist as its new managing editor
A veteran journalist at The Charlotte Observer, Taylor Batten, has been named its new managing editor. Batten, 50, has spent his 24-year career at the Observer, most recently as editor of its …
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Journalists: Apply Now for ICN’s Southeast Environmental Reporting Workshop
.... InsideClimate News, the Pulitzer Prize-winning national nonprofit newsroom, will hold a day-and-a-half-long workshop for about a dozen winning applicants Sept. 16-17 in Nashville. The …
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A step toward diversity at national sports media awards
Getting awards is always fun. Receiving an award that 1) feels kind of ground-breaking and 2) gets to be shared with one of your best friends, is particularly awesome. That’s what happened …
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Frank Barrows, longtime Observer writer and editor, dies at 72
Frank Barrows, a beloved former top editor of the Charlotte Observer whose journalism career took him from sports writing to leading the Carolinas’ largest newsroom, died Wednesday at his home …
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Doss-Raines promoted to managing editor
Jill Doss-Raines has been named managing editor of The Dispatch, responsible for the daily operation of the newsroom.The move comes as The Dispatch’s executive editor, Scott Jenkins, becomes …
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Colvard named editor of Tribune, Ripple
ELKIN — Bill Colvard has been named editor of The Elkin Tribune, The Yadkin Ripple, and On The Vine Magazine.The Elkin native and former local business owner assumes the post after serving five …
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Dispatch editor to take regional role
The Dispatch’s executive editor, Scott Jenkins, will become the new regional executive editor for Lexington and Burlington effective June 17. Jenkins will succeed Burlington’s …
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Industry News
Knight Foundation invests $50 million into research on tech's impact on democracy
A nonprofit with deep ties to the newspaper industry is investing $50 million into research on technology's impact on democracy - from countering online disinformation to how companies such as …
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5 key takeaways about the state of the news media in 2018
Every year since 2004, Pew Research Center has issued an assessment of the state of the news media, tracking key audience and economic indicators for a variety of sectors within the U.S. …
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Report: Newspaper chains Gannett, GateHouse in merger talks
Two of the country’s largest newspaper companies are in “advanced talks” to combine. That’s according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites unidentified people …
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IDW Acquires Classic Newspaper Strip Reprint Publisher
Confirming rumors that have been circulating the convention floor throughout this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, IDW Publishing has announced that it has acquired Peter Maresca’s …
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Here’s how some for-profit local news outlets are building subscriptions
Nonprofit status has been enormously helpful for local news outlets, both those kicking off as newbies or transitioning from the commercial (and profit-losing) life. Two hundred organizations are …
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Not just one foundation, not just one newsroom: How the Colorado Media Project is trying to rebuild a local news ecosystem
  Look at the local journalism scene of almost any metropolitan area in the U.S., and you’ll find a similar set of players facing a similar set of challenges. One remaining daily …
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Storied African-American newspaper becoming digital only
The publisher of the storied African American newspaper Chicago Defender has announced it will no longer publish a print version. In announcing the move to digital-only beginning July 11, Real …
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The Storied History of the Black Press: ‘The Pillars of Black America’s Struggle for Justice’
Since the founding of the Black Press 192 years ago, African American–owned newspapers have served their communities in ways that no other publications have. Historically, …
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Here's Why NY Times' (NYT) Marching Ahead of the Industry
The U.S. newspaper publishing industry has been grappling with declining print readership and advertising revenues for quite some time now. Nevertheless, the industry participants are evolving from …
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JOURNALISM SCHOOLS TELL STUDENTS TO BRANCH OUT, HUSTLE
As the journalism industry changes, what are professors telling students about their job prospects? To look for work outside the news business, find researchers. Researchers say they conducted the …
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