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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

Evicted: The Incredible Shrinking State House Press

There have been plans to knock down the press houses for at least 20 years. One of the reasons it didn’t happen in the 2000s was the opposition of David Postman,⁵ who then presided over a three-person statehouse bureau for The Seattle Times in the Blue House’s best space, with a view of the capitol and the fountain.

How we got here: The Toxicity of Media Consolidation on our Democracy

Freedom of the press is guaranteed in our constitution, meaning that the government does not control expression. However, the constitution is silent on what happens when a few hawkers dominate the marketplace, and the free press is effectively narrowed to near-monopolies controlling most outlets.

In Port Townsend, a Small-Town Newspaper Revives

In a small town, “It all comes down to the relationship between a newspaper and a community that values real journalism.”

Where the Alt-Weeklies Went

Mostly, the heady moment of alternative/urbanist/radical culture which gave birth to city weeklies in almost all large cities, couldn't survive economic downturns, social media, and the fading of the 1960s.

Cutting Costs at The Seattle Times

In Seattle, the Times is reducing its rented space from four floors to one, but that does not reflect any cuts in personnel so much as the new hybrid work model.

Exit Interview: Ray Rivera, Key Editor at The Seattle Times

"I don’t think I had to bring about editorial changes. This was already a hard-working newsroom with a lot of talented journalists. I think I stressed that message of 'urgency every day' and going deeper on stories and turning them faster."

Running Toward Danger: Our Political Journalists as War Correspondents

This anti-media vitriol has been growing for years amid burgeoning mistrust of mainstream media, and not just among extremists. Journalists have become popular targets for extremists from both the left and right, and in politics this blame the media trope has been a favorite of almost all presidents whether Democrat or Republican.

Fox News’ Awkward, Twisting Evolution in talking About the Insurrection

As reality bit and the terminology changed over the coming days, you could track the emerging acknowledgment at the network (and the Right generally) as to just what happened at the Capitol, and who instigated it.

Out of the Balcony: Progress for Women in America’s Newsrooms

It’s encouraging and inspiring to hear about the “firsts” and the ongoing advancement of women in the news business. But the fact that in 2020 women still are breaking barriers underscores that gender equality remains a goal, not a reality.

Is a ‘National Vertical’ Such as the Next Media Killer App?

Local dailies have great range in topics but not a lot of national synergy. Chalkbeat, by contrast, has a single topic and is "national." In this sense it is much more attuned to thy way people consume news these days -- national standards, single topic.

America’s Crisis of Local News

It’s a national crisis that’s been accelerating at warp speed since 1990, when newspaper revenue began to crater because the internet eliminated want ads and much of print retail advertising.

A Dusty Future for the Seattle Times

Publisher Frank Blethen has just celebrated a 75th birthday and means to stick around another five years. He's worked with the fifth generation of the family and affirms they remain strong on never selling the paper.

Frank Blethen, Happy Warrior, Gives a Glowing Progress Report for The Times

The 75-year-old publisher confirmed that he will stay on another five years. The Seattle Times company, he said, “is in the best position we’ve been in over the past 10-15 years.”

News Junky: Tell Me the News

Doggerel inspired by a grave in Ireland whose tombstone reads "Tell Me the News", which, being a lifelong news junkie, I always thought I'd like mine to read too.

Awash in Disinformation, and a Rising Tide

If the digital political landscape in this disorienting, dispiriting year gives you the creeps, imagine where we’re headed if hackable digital tech, unmanaged media, and microtargeted marketing rampage on without brakes or scruples.

My Tea with RBG

What would you have asked Ruth Bader Ginsburg if you unexpectedly found yourself chatting like girlfriends?

Do we have a Problem with How we Report on Science?

Commonly headlines scream results that invalidate the adage of “correlation does not imply causality.” If a study finds an association between two things, it does not mean one thing caused the other to happen. This is especially true with health-related news.

The Other Face Time: Why Reporters Crave Access

Are journalists and those they cover too cozy in the nation's capital?