Congress needs to act to protect USPS

By Layne Bruce Layne Bruce is the executive director of the Mississippi Press Association. Prior to joining the Mississippi Press Association, Layne was publisher and editor of the Glasgow (KY) Daily Times. His email address is lbruce@mspress.org. Layne Bruce A move by the USPS to slow down mail service by cutting overtime and reducing sortation sure seems like a gambit […]

Local Media Foundation accepting applications for 10 investigative projects, worth $5,000 each

Local Media Foundation has opened applications to fund at least 10 investigative projects up to $5,000 each from The Fund for Local Journalism. The investigative reporting funds will be available to qualifying local news organizations based in North America. In this round, stipends will go to projects focused on one of three topics: education, social injustice, or the unhoused. Applications will […]

Tell the stories behind the statistics, put a face with the numbers

By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant Every day news reports are filled with statistics as COVID-19 continues to dominate headlines. The number of individuals who have tested positive and those who have died of the coronavirus. Patients hospitalized and those in ICU. Confirmed cases broken down by gender, ethnicity and county of residence. The tally of businesses that have closed. The […]

Legislation before Congress would expand PPP for newspapers; would include print production

U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn) have introduced the Preserving Readership and Information of Newspapers for Tomorrow (PRINT) Act, which would include the cost of print production of local print media in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Currently, local media is eligible for the PPP, but printing costs are not forgivable under the program guidelines. “A free […]

PMG and Kentucky’s Mike Duncan, USPS Board of Governors chair, to testify Monday

From the Rural Blog Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the chair of the board that hired him have agreed to testify before a House committee next week “about his controversial Postal Service changes that have raised hackles around the nation, according to two people familiar with the matter,” reports Daniel Lippman of Politico. Mike Duncan of Inez, Ky., chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors, […]

Preparing for misinformation and disinformation this election season

From the Reynolds Journalism Institute Jeff Kao, computational journalist at ProPublica, Aimee Rinehart, Deputy Director of First Draft News and Jane Elizabeth, Managing Editor of The News & Observer, will discuss misinformation and disinformation in preparation for the election season. The differences, how to battle them, how to respond when others are spreading them – we will discuss these points […]

National Newspaper Association applauds suspension of USPS service changes

From Tonda Rush, NNA General Counsel National Newspaper Association Tuesday recognized a decision by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to suspend some service changes until after November elections. DeJoy announced today that the Postal Service was fully able to handle election mail. In addition, he committed that until after the election: Retail hours at Post Offices will not change. Mail processing […]

NNA supports Congressional action to protect universal mail service

From the National Newspaper Association National Newspaper Association announced this week its support for urgent Congressional action to prevent slowing of the mail during the coronavirus pandemic. Matt Adelman, NNA president and publisher of the Douglas (Wyoming) Budget, said NNA would support a bill by House Democrats to prevent service cuts while the nation is in the grip of the […]

Google may have to search for answers on newspaper closings

Rep. Jamie Raskin asks about tech’s impact on 1,800 newspaper closings By Lucas Manfredi, FOXBusiness Despite recent testimony on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee, some of its members are still in search of answers to hold big tech companies accountable for “unfair market dominance.” The latest example is Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) who is demanding Google “explain why its platform […]