UN-BREAKING NEWS Mass Journalism Disaster – 80+ Journalist Herd MA Statehouse for Journalism Commission Bill

STATE OF JOURNALISM. Editor's note: NJ Governor MURPHY has cut $ million from the Montclair University ( innovation host of The Center for Cooperative Media ) state budget on Monday and $1 million in funding to the Civic Media bill signed into law during 2018. The 2018 budget funded big media NJTV, and no new media innovation. NEWS STRONG news - Boston, MA: A herd of 80+ journalist migrated to the Massachusetts Statehouse for Bill 181 hearing The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts "Journalism Commission" will form to study the ongoing Mass Journalism Disaster. The 17 seat commission…
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Facebook Agrees to Pay $5 Billion and Implement Robust New Protections of User Information in Settlement of Data-Privacy Claims

Facebook will Pay the Largest Civil Penalty in a Data-Privacy Case in United States History NEWS STRONG news Washington, DC: US DOJ reports The Department of Justice, together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), today announced a settlement that requires Facebook to implement a comprehensive, multi-faceted set of compliance measures designed to improve user privacy and provide additional protections for user information. The settlement also requires Facebook to pay an unprecedented $5 billion civil penalty — the most ever imposed in an FTC case and among the largest civil penalties ever obtained by the federal government. In a complaint filed…
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N.E. Center for Investigative Reporting to merge with WGBH

BOSTON BIZ JOURNAL Don Seiffert reports - The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit that launched in 2009, has merged with WGBH News. The NECIR was founded by former WBZ I-Team reporter Joe Bergantino and former Boston Herald and WHDH Channel 7 reporter Maggie Mulvihill with the goal to “expose injustice and hold power accountable through investigative reporting and by training emerging journalists,” according to a statement from WGBH. Bergantino served as executive director until 2015, when the role was taken over by Burt Glass, who was previously executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in California. According to the NECIR website, the…
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FirstLight pulls $15,000 underwriting contract with VTDigger

VT Digger .org reports - Montpellier, VT: One of the Northeast’s largest telecommunications companies has cancelled a $15,000 underwriting contract with VTDigger days after the news organization published an article about FirstLight’s continued use of Huawei gear in its Vermont network. The company was four months into the underwriting buy. FirstLight also threatened legal action and denied that it was actively using Huawei gear in its network. The company claims the story was one-sided, despite FirstLight’s rejection of multiple requests for substantive comment. FirstLight continues to use Huawei equipment despite a ban issued earlier this year that applies to state contractors. Vermont’s…
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Brutal week for American Journalism Jobs

Journalism Traders - 200 layoffs at BuzzFeed; 250 layoffs at Vice; 800 layoffs at properties owned by Verizon, including HuffPost and Yahoo; more than 1,000 layoffs or buyout offers at newspapers owned Gannett, McClatchy, and GateHouse. CJR .org Jon Allsop reports - BETWEEN JANUARY AND MAY THIS YEAR, approximately 3,000 people working in the news industry were laid off or offered a buyout. That’s according to figures compiled by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.—a Chicago-based firm that helps workers find new employment—and reported yesterday in a depressing article by Bloomberg’s Gerry Smith. The industry, Smith writes, is on course for its worst year jobs-wise since 2009.…
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Saving the Berkshire Eagle

NEWS STRONG news - The Berkshire Eagle Associated Press report Pittsfield, MA: These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad: Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and townsso denuded of coverage that they're described as "news deserts ." But then, there's The Berkshire Eagle. The western Massachusetts daily has an expanded investigative team. There's a new 12-page lifestyle section for The Eagle's Sunday editions. There's a new monthly magazine focusing on the area's culinary and natural charms. There's an advisory board…
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SECOND HEARING CALLED ON MA JOURNALISM COMMISSION BILL

News Strong news Boston, MA: Dig Boston Jason Pramas reports After some fast action by your pals at DigBoston and BINJ Almost immediately after rising on Monday, I knew that I wasn’t going to have a normal start to my week. Production on DigBoston commences over the weekend for my colleagues and me, and concludes early Wednesday morning when each issue goes to press. But this week, production had to wait. Because there was a bomb of an email in my inbox. It was from a media advocacy organization that had contacted me after reading my March 20 column “Proposed State Journalism…
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An Act establishing a commission to study journalism in underserved communities

NEWS STRONG NEWS - Boston, MA: The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reports - Representative Ehrlich of Marblehead and Senator Crighton, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 181) of Lori A. Ehrlich, Brendan P. Crighton and others for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to local journalism in underserved communities. Community Development and Small Businesses. A Statehouse Hearing is scheduled for 06/18/2019 from 11:00 AM-01:00 PM in B-1. Share More:
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Papers vs. profits: Questions persist about priorities at GateHouse Media

PAPERS VS. PROFITS Amid struggles at the region's largest newspaper chain, questions persist about GateHouse Media's priorities. Boston Business Journal report By Don Seiffert  BOSTON, MA: There are two competing narratives about what’s going on at New England’s largest newspaper chain as GateHouse Media's parent, New Media Investment Group, considers a merger with Gannett. And whichever one turns out to be more accurate has big implications for the region's media landscape. Share More :
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The Future is Here – Industrial News Loses 100’s of Jobs Nationally

NEWS STRONG - Future shock for GateHouse as it lays off journalists and merges its smaller papers. Boston, MA: WGBH Dan Kennedy reports - In his book “The Inevitable,” the technology journalist Kevin Kelly writes, “The future happens very slowly and then all at once.” That seems like as good a description as any of what’s going on at GateHouse Media, the nationwide chain that owns more than 100 newspapers in Greater Boston. After years of gradual contraction, the company is suddenly laying off journalists by the dozens and merging its smaller weeklies. In fact, you might say the future has arrived as…
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21 U.S. Senators sign scathing letter urging Alden Capital Journalism Traders to drop hostile MediaNews Group takeover of Gannett

Reading Eagle JIM LEWIS reports - A week after signing a scathing letter urging Alden Global Capital to abandon a hostile takeover of Gannett, Sen. Bob Casey Jr. said Wednesday that he'll be watching “closely” as the controversial hedge fund purchases Reading Eagle Company's assets.
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Gatehouse Journalism Traders Plans to BUY BACK 100 mil in Stock using eliminated top job dollars

Boston, MA: Gatehouse continues widespread job eliminations as it pockets cash to buy back stock. Neiman Lab Ken Doctor reports - GateHouse’s new round of layoffs fits the sad logic of the coming consolidation Laying off about 200, hiring about 30: In the short term, cost-cutting and mergers are just about the only plays in the playbook. Today’s editorial managers find themselves in the lemonade business. Their assembly line of lemons keeps gaining speed, and they have to constantly find new recipes to make lemonade out of thinner and thinner ingredients. On Thursday, GateHouse — New Media Investments, or NEWM — unleashed…
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BEYOND ENGAGEMENT: A HOPEFUL PEEK AT THE FUTURE OF COLLABORATIVE JOURNALISM

Dig Boston CHRIS FARAONE reports - Dear Reader, I have come to give you a report from the front lines of reporting in the future. The battlefield is ravaged, with limbs of stubborn old-school hacks blown all about; still, there is light in independent media, for we have come to understand that competition is a lock while cooperation is key. Such soothsaying was possible last week in Philadelphia, where DigBoston co-publisher John Loftus and I joined more than 150 change agents who take pride in pushing buttons and envelopes. Hosted by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University in New…
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Red Sox, Boston Globe owner John W. Henry and unknown investors consider Encore Casino Takeover following visit with President Trump

Boston Red Sox John W. Henry teams with President Donald Trump at The White House World Series Champions Victory Party May 9, 2019. The Boston Globe reports – Boston, MA: Boston businessman John W. Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and the owner and publisher of The Boston Globe, backed by a group of potential investors, quietly investigated buying the Encore in 2018 and again just weeks ago, Henry confirmed … Share More:
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New Jersey Herald Sold to Gatehouse Media

HERALD STAFF May. 16, 2019 11:41 am Updated: May. 17, 2019 11:12 am NEWTON – The New Jersey Herald, in operation since 1829, is being sold to GateHouse Media. In announcing the pending sale to Herald staff Thursday morning, Ralph Oakley, CEO of Quincy Media, the newspaper's current owners, said, “We are proud to have been associated with the New Jersey Herald for more than 50 years. “The paper has done a wonderful job of covering the Sussex County area. This change in ownership will allow the newspaper to continue as a very important institution in this region.” Joe Vanderhoof,…
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California Man Pleads Guilty to Making Violent Threats Against Boston Globe Employees

DOJ BOSTON reports - BOSTON, MA – A California man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with making violent threats against Boston Globe employees in retaliation for the newspaper’s editorial response to political attacks on the media.  Robert D. Chain, 68, of Encino, Calif., pleaded guilty to seven counts of making threatening communications in interstate commerce. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for Sept. 23, 2019. On Aug. 10, 2018, the Boston Globe announced that it was requesting other newspaper publications around the country to publish a coordinated editorial response to political attacks on the media. The coordinated…
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