Globally, newspapers confront highly variable prospects reflecting their location in different market sectors, countries and journalism cultures. But despite this diversity, they face similar challenges in responding to the increased competition from expansive radio and 24 hour television news channels; the emergence of free "Metro" papers; the delivery of news services on billboards, pod casts and mobile telephony; the development of online editions, as well as the burgeoning of blogs, citizen journalists and User Generated Content.
This authoritative collection of research based essays by distinguished scholars and journalists from around the globe, brings together a judicious mix of academic expertise and professional journalistic experience to analyse and report on the future of newspapers. The Future of Newspapers. This book was published as special issues of Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies. An agreement between two large newspaper chains on Monday laid the groundwork for a new publishing behemoth while raising questions about future investments in local journalism.
Once combined, GateHouse and Gannett will publish more than daily newspapers in the United States, along with more than weekly publications, in 47 states, as well as Guam.
The new company will go by the name Gannett. The planned merger comes more out of perceived weakness than strength: With a few exceptions, newspapers are struggling as readers abandon ink and paper in favor of websites and news apps.
Charging for content would only have delayed the inevitable
Print advertising revenue has plummeted, and the money publishers have made from digital advertising has fallen short of what newspapers used to bring in from print ads. One result has been the increase in so-called ghost papers — thin versions of once robust publications put out by bare-bones staffs. Although print newspapers are in steep decline, Wall Street-backed companies like GateHouse Media and MediaNews Group, see them as still valuable, if distressed, assets. After all, most decisions affecting public schools, including budgets, facilities, testing and curriculum, happen at the local and state level.
According to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data , the number of newspaper newsroom employees dropped by 47 percent between and , to about 38, from about 71, At the papers that remain, the education beat has been decimated. Even fewer reporters are focused on the 41 percent of children who live near or below the poverty line , the population most central to our mission at Chalkbeat.
There are plenty of think pieces, and there is no shortage of shouting. But beat reporters covering education on a daily basis will remain an endangered species unless new business models like ours gain strength.
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Impact — such as what we saw with our reporting on the two virtual schools in Indiana — is our ultimate goal, stories that influence both the conversation around education and actual decisions. This year, the administration of Gov. Bill Lee of Tennessee lowered the annual income threshold for eligibility for education savings accounts after we highlighted inconsistencies between his initial messaging and his proposal.
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And in New York, city officials and labor leaders just reached a deal to increase salaries for some pre-K teachers after our persistent reporting on the wide pay gap between teachers who work in community-run preschools often women of color and those who teach in classrooms overseen by the Education Department. As we look to our next five years, with plans to expand further, we remain committed to our original mission of lighting the path to better schools for all children, especially those for whom a quality education remains elusive.
The crisis is too great to sit on the sidelines. Cipolla is the executive editor of Chalkbeat. She has more than a decade of experience as a reporter and an editor. By Sarah Alvarez. Over the last two decades, Detroit has filed for bankruptcy, seen auto plants struggle and close, and hundreds of thousands of residents move away from the city.
Stories that begin in Detroit matter deeply to people in the metro area, and often resonate across the country. But even as local reporters help people outside our borders better understand our city, those who live here face a stunningly large information gap.
We started Outlier Media three years ago to address this gulf. The data told us their top priorities were housing and utilities. More than 90, properties are owned by the city, with nearly 25, of those in various stages of blight. It is a city where tens of thousands of homes are at risk of foreclosure every year and where the utility provider, DTE, has on average shut off more than , accounts annually in the metro area. While we write big-picture stories about these issues, we also look at the number of people affected and how our reporting might make a difference in their daily lives.
Anybody can enter their address into our system and find a menu of information, including answers to common questions, such as whether the house they rent is on the tax auction list or if the landlord has a history of receiving blight tickets from the city.
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They can also access the most recent inspection and information about who owns the vacant house down the block. We added that because it was such a common question. For those with questions our database does not answer, or who would like an actual person to follow up with them, we reach out within 48 hours. We talk to about people a week while also working on enterprise stories with newsrooms around the city.
We are a small and nimble operation.
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Our team of three women of color includes me I report and edit , a data reporter and our boss, whose priorities are raising money, handling our outreach and building partnerships with newsrooms across Detroit and across the country. It is a heavy lift, but we take our responsibility seriously. Our stories have pushed investors to stop buying houses in tax auctions, they have prompted the city to change regulations and they have caught errors that cost city taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Those stories do not make it any easier for residents to navigate these broken systems, but the text service we built does exactly that. A few weeks ago, William Nunley was evicted after a real estate investor who was financially backed by the University of Michigan bought the house Mr. Nunley was renting at a tax auction.
For the next rental home he and his family move into, Mr. Nunley can use the system we built to make sure it is not at risk of being sold at a tax auction. Accountability reporting has always been — and will always be — a scarce resource.