A new problem in local journalism: Tracking its decline

Ken Doctor raises an important point midway through his recent Nieman Lab post exploring “10 numbers that define the news business today.” “We seldom see much reporting of buyouts and layoffs these days, as some publishers concluded that the industry’s problems were only being exacerbated by its reporting on its own staff changes.” That’s happeningContinue reading “A new problem in local journalism: Tracking its decline”

Daily newspapers should follow The New Republic and examine own record on race

Jeet Heer‘s remarkable cover story dissecting The New Republic’s history of racism should get major daily newspaper editors thinking about commissioning an independent, critical look at their own publication’s legacy on race. The New York Times, for example, just eliminated a beat dedicated to the issue. Editor Dean Baquet says issues of race need toContinue reading “Daily newspapers should follow The New Republic and examine own record on race”

Proud of what we made as I leave Digital First Media

Harry Foote, my first editor at my first newspaper job in Westbrook, Maine, pulled me aside after a particularly rough day in 1994. I’d missed or made mistakes on more than one story. I was 18 years old. He was approaching 80. He handed me a copy of the latest edition of  the paper, pointedContinue reading “Proud of what we made as I leave Digital First Media”

Journalism and 20 years of leaving my comfort zone

Yesterday was my 38th birthday, and today, I’m celebrating exactly 20 years working in the newspaper industry. Tomorrow, it will be exactly 10 years working for the company that presently employs me. I’ve worked as a reporter, editor, corporate director of news and publisher. I’ve handled news, sports, features, writing, editing, photography, page design, advertisingContinue reading “Journalism and 20 years of leaving my comfort zone”

Journalism School of the Future: Where You Start On the Job and Never Graduate

In a great #wjchat hosted by Jay Rosen Wednesday night on “radicalism in the newsroom,” this question was posed: “Are J-schools today part of the problem or solution? How should they change? Should something replace them?” I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my answer, envisioning journalism schools that are “integrated into newsrooms, creating (a)Continue reading “Journalism School of the Future: Where You Start On the Job and Never Graduate”

Washington Post shows it values accuracy, audience engagement in step away from ‘fortress journalism’

The Washington Post made a huge statement yesterday about the accuracy of its reporting, engaging with its audience and building a stronger relationship of trust with its readers. A link to this page – asking readers and sources to bring errors to editors’ attention – now appears on every online story the paper publishes. WeContinue reading “Washington Post shows it values accuracy, audience engagement in step away from ‘fortress journalism’”

Is ‘the editorial board meeting’ defunct in a truly open newsroom?

When we first announced plans to open The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe in December, the bulk of the criticism was centered on two themes. From critics within the newspaper industry, primarily, we heard that it would be impractical, disruptive and somehow tainting of the “professional” process of journalism to allow the public to “look overContinue reading “Is ‘the editorial board meeting’ defunct in a truly open newsroom?”

Bringing the Outside In: Newsroom Cafe and more in Torrington, Connecticut

What does a “digital first, print last” newsroom look like? I’m pleased, following months of work and planning behind the scenes, to be able to share with you this announcement from Journal Register Company. After 110 years in (literally) our ink-stained, print edition-focused building in Torrington, Connecticut, The Register Citizen is moving to new officesContinue reading “Bringing the Outside In: Newsroom Cafe and more in Torrington, Connecticut”

A reporter’s guide to corrections

Here’s the internal protocol we have written for reporters at my newspaper for handling corrections. What would you change/add? Craig Newmark, founder of “Craig’s List,” has argued that “trust is the new black.” News outlets that emphasize accuracy, fact checking and a relationship of trust with their readers will survive and thrive in the newContinue reading “A reporter’s guide to corrections”