Lawsuit aims to uncover how government surveils journalists

By Trevor Timm (Editors’ Note: Trevor Timm is the executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability. He is also a twice-weekly columnist for the Guardian, where he writes about privacy, national security, and the media.) What, if anything, is constraining the Trump Justice Department in its dangerous war on […]

Let’s play ‘Fake News or Real News’ – seriously

Test your ability to tell real news from fake news by reading headlines alone. The News Media Alliance crafted a quiz that will test your media smarts and skills at spotting fake news. After you answer go to the bottom of the question area, hit NEXT and get the next question. To take the quiz go to —     […]

Q&A: Smaller newspapers are doing just fine, thank you, new report finds

By Tom Grubisich and Christopher Ali There’s a couple of reasons why small market newspapers have been more resilient than their metro/regional/national counterparts: 1) People still buy them and not only this, but they buy them in the print format. Print remains the key revenue driver for small newspapers, and while this is changing, it is changing very gradually. 2) […]

News trust is strong, distrust lowest among conservatives

On Monday, the Poynter Institute released the results of its 2017 Media Trust Survey. (Click on link to access). The Institute reports confidence in the media is at its highest levels, numbers not seen since the terrorist attacks in 2001. This claim is due to increased support from those who identify as left-leaning. Support for the press was low among […]

NY Times issues social media guidelines for the newsroom

From The New York Times The New York Times announced in October an updated and expanded set of guidelines for our journalists’ use of social media. The new guidelines underscore our newsroom’s appreciation for the important role social media now plays in our journalism, but also call for our journalists to take extra care to avoid expressing partisan opinions or […]

LMA seeks the best in local digital media and you can enter

Local Media Association is now accepting entries for the 2017 Digital Innovation Awards. This contest recognizes the best digital innovation in the industry and features 14 categories, including Best Local Website, Digital Innovator of the Year and Best Social Media Strategy. Winners will be announced in February 2018 and presented at LMA’s Digital Revenue Summit in Chicago in May. Learn […]

10 things you can do now to up your social media game in 2018

By Jane Elizabeth, American Press Institute Are you in a newsroom right now? Take a look at your social media team. What are they doing? Most likely, they’re posting stories from your staff on Twitter and Facebook. They’re checking Google Analytics or or Chartbeat to see if those links are successfully penetrating the fickle social media universe. They’re explaining […]