AntiTrust – G7 Announces Common Understanding of G7 Competition Authorities on Competition and the Digital Economy

DOJustice United States reports - Washington, DC: The G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met on July 17-18, 2019 in Chantilly, ; The United States was represented by Secretary of the Treasury Steven ; One of the items on the agenda was Competition and the Digital ; In preparation for this meeting, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim met on June 5 with his G7 counterparts in Paris, and drafted a Common Understanding of G7 Competition Authorities on Competition and the Digital Economy to inform the discussion in ; The Common Understanding was publicly released today. The Common Understanding acknowledges that competitive markets are key to…
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Mass Journalism Disaster – Working Journalists describe low pay, long hours during Bill 181 2nd State House hearing

NEWS STRONG news - Common Wealth Magazine .org SARAH BETANCOURT reports - Boston, MA: Journalists describe low pay, long hours. Bill to create commission on journalism gets a 2nd hearing. TURNING DOWN a $28,000 a year job. Taking the $28,000 a year job but working a second job on top of it. Working 70 hour weeks as the sole staffer of a weekly paper. Not knowing what to tell students about where to look for jobs as they prepare to graduate. Important town meetings going uncovered. These were the stories mentioned by reporters and professors who testified Wednesday at the State…
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Each of you is fulfilling a vital role in our nation. You’re challenging the media gatekeepers and the corporate censors to bring the facts straight to the American people.

Remarks by President Trump at the Presidential Social Media Summit. Office of the President reports - Washington, DC: East Room. July 11, 2019. 3:51 EDT. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Please sit down. I want to thank you all for being here — a very special day, a very important day. Many of you are friends, and many of you are friends that I don’t know what you look like, but I know what you sound like — (laughter) — which, I guess, is probably more important. Right? But I want to…
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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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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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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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