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New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle 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 is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert. The newspaper is wider, its paper thicker. There’s even a ...

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TODD SMITH _ Journalists have interviewed 20 percent of Americans

The media have long been a part of our everyday lives – from the morning newspaper to nightly TV news to today’s digital news that hits us with headlines 24/7. Many of you have had interaction with journalists in your lives. This is underscored in an interesting new survey from Pew Research Center that found about two-in-ten Americans (21 percent) ...

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US publishers worry about pricier newsprint with new tariffs

Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped by years of declining revenue say they’re dealing with an existential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint driving up their business costs. The tariffs are a response to a complaint to the U.S. Department of Commerce from a hedge fund-owned paper producer in Washington state, which argues that its Canadian competitors are ...

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TODD SMITH — Media deploy advertising to promote journalism in fake news era

The proliferation of fake news – be that the insult lobbed at journalists and publications that President Donald Trump and his administration detest or the websites peddling false information across the web to make a quick buck – has unleashed a wave of advertising from news media organizations looking to promote the value of responsible journalism. Earlier this month, Gannett ...

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Journalist Wilson ‘Bill’ Minor dies; covered civil rights

Wilson F. “Bill” Minor, a journalist who chronicled Mississippi through almost 70 years of change including its turbulent struggle over civil rights, died Tuesday at his home in Jackson. He was 94. Deborah Ashcraft of Lakewood Funeral Home in Jackson confirmed Minor’s death. Minor was a native of Hammond, Louisiana, and graduated from Tulane University in 1943. He served on ...

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Mississippi editor who pushed for justice in civil rights killings dies

GULF BREEZE, Fla. — Mississippi editor Stanley Dearman, who pushed for justice in the murders of three civil rights workers, died on Saturday in Florida. The death of the 84-year-old was announced by the newspaper in Philadelphia, Mississippi, that he once published. Dearman wrote articles and editorials in The Neshoba Democrat that helped lead to conviction of a former Klansman ...

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TODD SMITH — Local news vows to fight fake news

A large group of local media outlets is taking an aggressive stance against so-called fake news. The Local Media Consortium (LMC), a partnership that includes dozens of newspapers and more than 1,600 media outlets, has released a “manifesto” deeming fake news as “digital propaganda” and pledged to educate readers in an effort to combat its spread. Fake news stories crescendoed ...

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TODD SMITH — What sources do journalists trust most?

In a fast-paced digital society, companies have an ever-expanding platform to build a compelling brand story – and to resonate with a rapidly changing public. While public relations, advertising and marketing all have their place in building credible brands, survey after survey shows that editorial coverage generates better trust between a brand and consumers. Recently, Ogilvy proved this point again ...

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TODD SMITH: Amazon dives into food, detergent & diapers

Amazon already sells things like electronic accessories, office supplies and even clothing under a variety of its own brand names. Now it’s going all in on groceries and household products. While some people will point out that so-called “private labeling” is nothing new – grocery stores and big-box retailers have been increasingly pushing their in-house brands – this is a ...

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