How Bellingham Became a Three-Newsroom Town

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Having a vigorous rival often brings out the best in news coverage.

Different Times: When Walter Cronkite Told Us the News

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The assassination of President Kennedy changed news consumption worldwide. For the first time CBS and NBC News (ABC News was still a fledging) reported a major news story live for four days straight, without commercials.

Mending, Not Just Rending: The Case for ‘Solutions Journalism’

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The impact of a steady stream of “deficit reporting” is to encourage cynicism (“everybody’s a crook”) and despair (“there’s nothing you can do”). Sharing news about things that are working seems pretty basic.

A Proud American Tradition: They Banned Vonnegut. Now They Banned Me

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The essential American tradition that the best response to unwelcome speech is more speech has been subsumed by audiences targeted for division and weaponized for profit.

We Regret the Error: 100 Years of Seattle Times Editorials

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If, in retrospect, our editorial stances were so frequently dead wrong, then why write them in the first place? 

New Hires at The Seattle Times, and a Messy Firing of a Kraken Reporter

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The Times, which used to hire mostly from regional papers or within, is now taking advantage of the strong national market for journalists.

Ex-Mayor Charles Royer: My Days at KING

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I think there are not now, nor were there then, very many television newsrooms that attracted on-air people, photographers, writers, and editors who were hired not for their hair, but for what grew under it. 

Iconic KING Broadcasting Sold to Hedge Fund: News Alums Recall the Glory Years

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The pioneering broadcast company was started in Seattle by the fabled Dorothy Bullitt, an indomitable business leader who ran the company, as did her three children, with panache, high standards, and idealism.

Carl Bernstein: Life of A Newsman

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Bernstein was one of the last of his kind: a national reporter without a degree.

Unnamed: When Sources Won’t be Identified

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Can you trust news based on anonymous sources?

Water come to the News Desert: Bellingham’s New Cascadia News Launches

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The inaugural issues of Cascadia Daily News are so superior to current issues of the Bellingham Herald as to force the hedge fund owners of the Herald to look at their hole cards.

City Hall Dispatch: Three Reporters Leave While Local Media Churns

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Rather than seeing these three departures as a sign of abandoning city hall reporting, the reality is there is a lot of churn in local media.

Why Tara Henley, a Liberal Newsie, Asks: What Is Going on at the CBC?

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"To work at the CBC in the current climate is to embrace cognitive dissonance and to abandon journalistic integrity. It is to sign on, enthusiastically, to a radical political agenda that originated on Ivy League campuses in the United States and spread through American social media platforms that monetize outrage and stoke societal divisions."

Local Tech Visionary Buys Seattle Media

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It's an encouraging sign that a wealthy tech person as successful and energized as Jonathan Sposato would wade in and return an important media product to local ownership (he says he will include future investors). But the heyday of regional lifestyle magazines may have passed.

What Happened to Facts-Checked Journalism?

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It is no joke, but rather a profound danger to our democratic character and destiny and the future of journalism.

Seattle to get a New Website, Axios Local. Plus an Idaho Find

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By third quarter of next year, a Seattle site will join the Axios Local network, according to Adweek, which reports that there will be 11 new local Axios sites in 2022.

Buzzsaw? Crosscut’s New Editor Offloads Opinion Section in a Rethink

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New Executive Editor David Lee, a filmmaker with commercial television experience, says he wants to create a new way of doing opinion writing.

Supreme Court Threats to Press Libel Laws

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Justice Gorsuch asks, "If ensuring an informed democratic debate is the goal, how well do we serve that interest with rules that no longer merely tolerate but encourage falsehoods in quantities no one could have envisioned almost 60 years ago?"

Finally – More Women Are Heading America’s Top News Organizations

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The news on the news has been mixed recently with something to celebrate but a report that highlights ongoing challenges.

Media Merger Success Story (And some News): Crosscut and KCTS-9

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Crosscut/KCTS must move from its Seattle Center building by the end of 2024. An unexercised purchase agreement would move the media company to First Hill.

Make Google Pay for the News? Surely Not This Way

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Newspapers have seen their traditional ad-supported business models fray and fall apart, while Google, Insta, Facebook et al have grown fat and sassy. And news publishers look at Google & Co.’s pots of money and cry “foul – you’ve stolen our ad dollars.” Surely reparations are in order.

Out of the News Desert: Bellingham to Get a New Startup

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This venture, which currently goes by the name name Cascadia Newspaper Co., will be a for-profit publication, unlike many journalism startups.

When Journalists Run…

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From one who has been there -- I can report that, if Kristof does choose to run for Oregon's governor, the journalist will face multiple hurdles.

Stranger and Stranger: Behind Seattle’s Only Newspaper’s Endorsements

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The Stranger, like most newspapers, has endured wrenching changes in recent years. It survived all the cuts, particularly in its mainstay entertainment advertising, thanks to a generous amount of federal PPP money and its new pitch for one-time and monthly contributions, now amounting to 35 percent of revenue.

No News is Not Good News

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Can newspapers survive? The latest data isn't encouraging.

Culture Change: Women Step up to Lead America’s Top Newsrooms

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The guard is changing at a time of increasing challenges for news organizations including issues of diversity, economic survival and retention of staff, especially of women and people of color. All these struggles come amid the ongoing attacks on media over so-called “fake news” and questions about credibility and trust as audiences splinter and turn to only like-minded social media.

National Public Radio @50: The Founding Mothers of NPR

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Some women in the 1970s marched for equality or protested the lack of it. But Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie used their distinctive perches to elevate sex in another way -- working many times harder than men while wielding microphones, as Susan described them, as "magic wands waved against silence."

The Gray Lady Grandly Opts Out of Op-Eds

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It still seems a shame to dump a lively sounding term like op-ed, substituting (drum roll, please) "Guest Essays."

A Seattle Community Newspaper Empire calls it Quits

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April sees the death throes of half a dozen community newspapers -- Ballard News-Tribune, Highline Times, West Seattle Herald, Des Moines News, SeaTac News and White Center News -- final print editions of the Robinson Newspapers chain

Remembering Kim Pham, Refugee, Newsman, Entrepreneur and Father

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A friend writes: “As a young child one of my fondest memories was sitting with my dad while he read your dad’s paper. I remember trying to practice my Vietnamese by reading the paper out loud and it made my parents so happy.”