New Jersey Releases Funds for Innovative Initiative to Support Civic-Minded News and Information Across the State

News Strong news - Trenton, NJ: FreePress. net reports The state of New Jersey will be releasing the remainder of the $235 million in spending Gov. Phil Murphy froze when he signed the state budget in June 2019. This includes the first $1 million of the $2 million earmarked for the Civic Information Consortium, a first-of-its-kind initiative to strengthen local-news coverage and boost civic engagement across the state. This innovative nonprofit, which Free Press Action conceived of and advocated for, will help ensure the people of New Jersey have access to quality news and information about their communities. It will…
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Wave of Opioid Marketing

The Recovery Drug Commercial You Won’t See On TV Boston Institute of Non Profit Journalism presentation. Green Cross Strong news - Boston, MA: Boston Institute of Non Profit Journalism reports Watch Video from BINJ – The Recovery Drug Commercial You Won’t See On TV
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Alden Capital MediaNews Group, Singleton & his gang of cost cutters aka “the flesh eaters”, Traders Stake 32% of Tribune Publishing with 4,100 Year End Staffers. 2020 Voluntary Job Separations Begin

Editor's Note: Media Mogul Dean Singleton and his gang of cost cutters are known as "The Flesh Eaters", coined by The Times (New Jersey) of Trenton in 1981. Katherine Graham and The Washington Post sold The Trenton Times to Albritton Communications which placed Dean Singleton on board to reduced legacy staff. Singleton created minimum wage $ hourly unlimited freelance opportunities for local college students.  The newspaper grew to 5 morning editions. News Strong news - Chicago, IL: Chicago Tribune reports Notice of the voluntary separation offer was sent to all Tribune Publishing employees Monday, but only those employed for eight or more years are eligible. Details of the scope and terms of the…
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BOSTON METRO newspaper ENDS 19 Year RUN

News Strong news - Boston, MA: New York Times / Red Sox Boston Globe owners close free newspaper METRO BOSTON METRO release goodbye statement After 19 years in Boston, we are sad to announce the closure of Metro Boston, effective today. We realize this may seem sudden, but after our New York and Philadelphia editions were sold, we no longer have access to centralized resources, and a difficult decision had to be made. We want to sincerely thank everyone who has supported Metro Boston over the past 19 years. Hopefully we are leaving this incredible city better off than when…
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Press Crowds Oval Office

First Lady Melania Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien attend a meeting with President Donald J. Trump, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife Mrs. Mareva Grabowski-Mitsotakis Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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American Radio Personality Don Imus dies at age 79

Wikipedia reports - John Donald Imus Jr. (July 23, 1940 – December 27, 2019) was an American radio personality, television show host, recording artist, and author. He was known for his radio show Imus in the Morning which aired on various stations and digital platforms nationwide until 2018. He attended broadcasting school in the 1960s and secured his first radio job in 1968 at KUTY in Palmdale, California. Three years later, he defecated on the morning spot at WNBC in New York City; he was fired in 1977. In 1979, Imus returned to WNBC and stayed at the station until 1988 when the show moved to WFAN. He gained…
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Free Press and Allies Launch Three-Year Initiative to Transform Criminal-Legal Reporting in Philadelphia

NEWS STRONG news - PHILADELPHIA, PA: FreePress. net reports — On Wednesday, Free Press, the Media, Inequality & Change Center and Media Mobilizing Project launched the Philadelphia Organizing and Media Collaborative, a three-year initiative that will work to replace prevailing media narratives with complex stories about trauma, safety, crime and the legal system in Philadelphia. Funded by a $ grant from the Independence Public Media Foundation, the collaboration will assess Philadelphia’s media landscape and uncover the various influences behind dominant narratives about race and crime. It will also reimagine and reinvent the way newsrooms approach crime reporting to center the…
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NPPA files suit challenging new unconstitutional California law

News Strong news - NATIONAL PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION Mickey Osterreicher and Alicia Calzada report ATHENS, GA – The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) filed a lawsuit today challenging AB5, a California law which discriminates against some visual journalists acting as independent contractors (freelancers) by forcing them to become employees of their clients whether they desire this working relationship or not. The lawsuit asserts that the law violates the Constitution because it penalizes some freelancers while allowing other visual artists (including marketing photographers, fine artists, and graphic artists) to continue to perform as independent contractors, unencumbered by limits on the number…
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MLB B Red Sox Boston Big Papi’s “This is our…” FCC Violating Speech Leading to Publicly Tainted by Media Jury Case in Boston Marathon Bomber Death Sentence

Boston Strong news – Boston, MA: NBC News reports – Defense lawyer Daniel Habib made the case that the judge erred by holding the Boston Bombing trial in a still-traumatized city where wall-to-wall news coverage and a sense of shared victimhood made it impossible to select an impartial jury. Share More: Assistant Attorney William Glaser asserted that the pretrial publicity didn’t taint the jury, leading to an exchange with the judges over the impact of statements made by elected officials and public figures like Boston Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz. Five days after the bombing, Ortiz went to…
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WBUR on MIT creating Deep Fake News Tools

Boston, MA: WBUR reports - Re-Writing History. The heart of MIT's "In Event of Moon Disaster" film installation uses a deep fake video to depict an alternate version of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. Imagine a past in which the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969 — but then became stranded there, leading then-President Nixon to give a speech memorializing the astronauts. A new MIT film installation uses that exact premise to shed light on so-called deepfake videos and how they are used to spread ;Deepfakes use artificial intelligence technologies to create or alter a video…
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Journalism Traders New Media Gatehouse Gannett Top Brass Quid Pro Quo Journalists Severance for Gag Order

GCI Traders Down on News to $ share. "employees have apparently been ordered to sign non-disclosure agreements as a condition of receiving severance" Boston, MA: Media Nation Dan Kennedy reports - Paul Bascobert, chief executive officer of Gannett Media Corp. (apparently number two to Mike Reed in the reconfigured New Media-GateHouse-Gannett structure), has issued a memo to the troops about the just-announced layoffs. Tom Jones of Poynter relays the news that employees have apparently been ordered to sign non-disclosure agreements as a condition of receiving severance, and that employees have been told to stop tweeting about their corporate overlords. A copy of Bascobert’s…
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Boston Herald Long Term Editor Joe Sciacca Drops GCI for TV 7 Enterprise

Gannett Inc. - GCI Closes Down - $ .11 to $ share. Boston, MA: Joe Sciacca reports - Onward! After 37 years at Boston Herald, I've given my notice to join @7News as Enterprise Editor. Excited about this new chapter and proud of the incredible work by my Herald newsroom colleagues that keeps that important voice alive. I'll remain a loyal reader, that's for sure!
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Journalism Traders NEWM Gatehouse Gannett GCI Elected Merger Creates Largest Industrial Newspaper Chain NYSE: GCI Serving 125 million Golden Readers – 1000s of Jobs to be Eliminated

NEWS STRONG news - NEW YORK, NY: GateHouse NEWM closes a $ billion purchase of USA Today publisher Gannett GCI to become the country’s largest newspaper company. Gannett stockholders are entitled to receive $ in cash and shares of New Media common stock per share of Gannett common stock in the Merger. Share More:
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Whitehouse Media Reach

President Donald J. Trump talks with members with the press outside the South Portico of the White House Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his trip to Austin, Texas. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
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Liquidity Pension Challenged McClatchy MNI Journalism Traders @ .51 Share Down from November High of 2.87

News Strong news - McClatchy Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results Negotiating Capital and Pension Restructuring with PBGC and Key Stakeholders- Grew digital-only subscribers to 199,200 and topped 200,000 subscriptions in early October- Increased total paid digital subscriber relationships to more than 500,000 in Q3 2019- Expanded successful digital Saturday rollout- The Compass Experiment launched first digital-only newsroom in Youngstown, Ohio SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- McClatchy (NYSE American-MNI) today reported a net loss in the third quarter of 2019 of $ million, or $;per share including a non-cash charge of $ million for impairment of goodwill and masthead intangible assets. This compares to net income of $7 million,…
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