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“Collaboration is the Future of Journalism”

To meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and the racial justice movement, the historically competitive media culture is becoming more collaborative.

As the world swings from one crisis to the next, such is the indispensable nature of collaboration at this moment for journalism. Just as the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests have laid bare America’s devastating social vulnerabilities and inequities, so too has it highlighted the media’s own weaknesses — scarcity of resources, inability to do in-person reporting, shrinking budgets, especially for local media. READ MORE AT NIEMEN REPORTS...

Cord Cutting Has Accelerated Under COVID-19

Shelter-in-place boredom hasn't stopped consumers from canceling cable: Cord cutting has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That's according to new data from the nation's major cable and satellite TV providers. Comcast, AT&T, Dish, Charter and Verizon collectively lost 1.46 million pay TV subscribers during the second quarter, compared to 1.22 million subscribers during the same quarter last year. READ MORE AT PROTOCOL...

Current's Local That Works Contest

Funded by the Wyncote Foundation, Local that Works spotlights original initiatives that help media “Be More Local.” It is particularly focused on innovative content, community engagement and fundraising efforts that can be replicated or scaled by small and mid-size media organizations.

The Grand Prize is $20,000 so apply now. SUBMISSION FORM AT CURRENT...

The Most Powerful People In Podcasting: 2020

Inside Radio has compiled a list of who they consider the most influential podcasters, both in commercial and non-commercial audio. Some of the names and companies may surprise you. READ MORE AT INSIDE RADIO...

Meet Poynter’s 2020 Leadership Academy for Women in Media

The Poynter Institute has announced the next class selected for its sixth annual Leadership Academy for Women in Media. This elite group of 30 women will convene online in 2020 and in person in 2021. They join a network of more than 360 graduates who experience significant personal and professional transformation through the leadership program.

“This is an impressive class of top-level decision-makers, including publishers, executive and senior editors, and directors,” said Doris Truong, Poynter’s director of training and diversity. “I am proud Poynter can bring these leaders together to build confidence, capacity and connection at one of the most challenging times in history. They will lead their news organizations — and our industry — forward.” READ MORE AT POYNTER...

The Coronavirus Has Closed More Than 50 Local Newsrooms Across America. And Counting.

At first, the pandemic cost newsrooms jobs and communities critical work. Now it’s starting to end entire newsrooms.

Now, small newsrooms around the country, often more than 100 years old, often the only news source in those places, are closing under the weight of the coronavirus. Some report they’re merging with nearby publications. But that “merger” means the end of news dedicated to those communities, the evaporation of institutional knowledge, and the loss of local jobs. READ MORE AT POYNTER...

Building a Digital New York Times: Interview with Retiring CEO Mark Thompson

Over an eight-year tenure, Mark Thompson, president and CEO of the New York Times Company, has overseen a dramatic transformation of the storied institution into a digital-centric news brand.

Under his watch, the Times’s digital readership has jumped to nearly 5.7 million subscribers, from half a million. Its annual revenue from digital-only subscriptions topped $450 million at the end of 2019. The Times has said it now has 6.5 million paying readers, more than halfway toward Thompson’s target of ten million subscribers by 2025. READ MORE AT MCKINSEY & COMPANY...

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