Rethinking how we cover the opioid epidemic

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Rural communities have been disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic, but rural newspapers have been disproportionately quiet about it. They seem to cover it as a criminal-justice problem, when it is primarily a health problem. Smart law enforcers and first responders will tell you that, but many if not most […]

Let’s get mad about court decision

By Gene Policinski, President and Chief Operating Officer, Freedom Forum Institute   The U.S. Supreme Court in June said we can’t see certain kinds of information we may well need to participate in democracy as self-governing citizens. To paraphrase a line from “Network,” the movie and play recently on Broadway, we should be “mad as hell” about it. The court ruled, […]

America’s two largest newspaper chains are joining forces. Will it save either?

Gannett and GateHouse announce agreement to try to save costs amid steep newspaper industry decline By Jonathan O’Connell and Rachel Siegel, The Washington Post America’s two largest newspaper publishers will merge in an effort to combat declining circulation and plunging advertising revenue, but will still face pressure to cut costs at hundreds of already cash-strapped publications around the country. The […]

GateHouse, Gannett notify employees of sale by memo

Elsewhere in On Second Thought is a story about the merger of GateHouse and Gannett media holdings. Here are the memos the companies sent to their employees. Related: Here are the memos that GateHouse and Gannett employees got about the merger (Poynter)