In A Pre-Dobbs World, The Washington Post Deferred To A Supreme Court Justice

In January 2021, the Washington Post’s Supreme Court reporter and his editors agreed: The upside-down American flag seen flying outside Justice Samuel Alito’s Virginia home was not, on its own, a story. Earlier this month, that same story broke in The New York Times, which reported that Alito said his wife had raised the flag — a symbol adopted by supporters of former President Donald Trump who believed the election had been stolen from him — amid a neighborhood dispute.

Washington Post Announces New Subscription Plans In Bid To Stop Revenue Slide

The Washington Post announced plans Wednesday to create new tiers of subscription offerings, in a bid to draw more money from the publication’s readership and to help address a significant revenue shortfall. The company has lost $77 million over the past year, publisher Will Lewis told employees. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

AI & THE MEDIA

Gannett Adding AI-Generated Summaries To Top Of Newspaper Articles

Journalists participating in the pilot program will use AI to produce bulleted “key points” of their stories.

WSJ, WashPost, NYT Run Joint Ad Calling Attention To Missing, Detained Journalists

Jeff Zucker Abandons Telegraph Bid, Putting London Paper Back Into Play

RedBird IMI said it had withdrawn its attempt to acquire the storied newspaper after a revolt from Conservative Party leaders.

LA Times ‘Trapped In A Mess’ As Owner Patrick Soon-Shiong Pulls More Newsroom Strings

The Los Angeles Times newsroom continues to feel the invisible hand of owner Patrick Soon-Shiong in coverage of his pharma research, home page choices and in pushing for livestream video.

Anthony Insolia, Who Led The Expansion Of Newsday, Dies At 98

L.A. Times Formally Names Terry Tang Executive Editor

‘Every Day Is Hard’: One Year Since Russia Jailed A U.S. Reporter

In a notorious high-security prison, Evan Gershkovich of The Wall Street Journal stays connected with supporters through letters as they keep up the pressure for his release.

McClatchy Joins Gannett In Cutting Back Relationship With AP

The Associated Press said the decisions by the two major newspaper chains “would not have a material impact on our overall revenue.”

Gannett To Drop Associated Press Content Across All Publications

Gannett, publisher of USA Today and hundreds of local newspapers, will stop using the Associated Press’ content starting next week, a significant blow to the not-for-profit wire service collective that still relies heavily on its premium memberships.

Company Linked To A Large ‘Pink Slime’ Network Is Being Hired By Big Publishers Like Gannett

The largest newspaper chain in the United States has an ongoing business relationship with Metric Media, a company linked to a sprawling network of over a thousand “pink slime” publications — sites that profess to be local but have no local staff and do not disclose funding they’ve received from political sources.

UK Moves To Bar Foreign State Ownership Of Newspapers, A Blow To Telegraph Bid

A roughly $1 billion bid from the former CNN chief Jeff Zucker and his Emirati backers raised concerns among lawmakers over a storied conservative newspaper.

Newsroom At New York Times Fractures Over Story On Hamas Attacks

Tensions at The New York Times over an investigative report on Hamas’ use of sexual violence in the Oct. 7 attacks have erupted into the open over the past week with fresh conflict surfacing nearly every day. The Times crisis reflects a series of cultural divides – between the conventional newsroom and the paper’s ascendant audio division; between management and many of the rank-and-file; between factions with differing reactions to the war in Israel and Gaza; and between the two sides of yawning industry chasm over whether to handle dissent internally or air it in public.

Report For America Will No Longer Subsidize Journalist Salaries At Some Papers

Report for America subsidizes salaries for journalists-in-training at hundreds of newspapers. Its leaders no longer want to help media investors they say are undermining the news business. Gannett is one of the chains that Report for America has decided to stop working with. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

L.A. Times SVP Julia Turner Resigns As Newspaper’s Turmoil Continues

Journalists At Alden Global Capital Newspapers Plan One-Day Strike

To protest the cuts made by latest owner Alden Global Capital, staffs plan walkouts Thursday at the Chicago Tribune, Virginian-Pilot and other prize-winning papers — and warn they could hinder publication. (Kiichiro Sato/AP)

Wall Street Journal Plans Layoffs, Restructuring In D.C.

The Wall Street Journal is planning to restructure its Washington bureau this week, sources say. The changes will include a small number of layoffs as well as some new roles. The reorganization will also move some Washington-based economics coverage to New York. Some of the people whose roles are eliminated will be able to apply for new jobs.

AI & THE MEDIA

New York Times Is Building A Team To Explore AI In The Newsroom

The publication is hiring engineers and editors for a new team that will experiment with uses for generative AI, but says journalists will still write, edit and report the news.

Los Angeles Times Names Terry Tang Interim Executive Editor

Tang, previously the top editor for the editorial page, steps into the role during a period of turmoil for the newspaper following the resignation of a top editor and significant layoffs. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)

The News About The News Business Is Getting Grimmer

Mass layoffs, closures and reader fatigue are afflicting news organizations as Americans prepare for a consequential election year.

L.A. Times To Lay Off At Least 115 People In Newsroom

The Los Angeles Times announced Tuesday that it was laying off at least 115 people — or more than 20% of the newsroom — marking one of the largest workforce reductions in the history of the 142-year-old institution. The move comes amid projections for another year of heavy losses for the newspaper.

Newspapers Stolen After Reporting On Rape Investigation At Police Chief’s Home

The Baltimore Sun’s New Owner Has The Newsroom On Edge

The news that David D. Smith, the executive chairman of the conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group, had bought The Sun has generated alarm inside and outside the newsroom.

COMMENTARY

Local Newspapers Are Withering Under Destructive Owners. We Should Worry

Margaret Sullivan: “Huge swaths of the country have turned into ‘news deserts’, lacking credible journalism. I fear for the Baltimore Sun.”

L.A. Times Staffers Plan First Newsroom Union Walkout In Paper’s History

The newsroom, which is working under an expired labor contract, will strike for a day and hold a “Rally to Save Local Journalism” in downtown Los Angeles.

Billionaires Wanted To Save The News Industry. They’re Losing A Fortune

Time magazine, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times — owned by Marc Benioff, Jeff Bezos and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong — are still losing money.

L.A. Times Guild Calls Emergency Meeting As Layoffs Loom: ‘This Is The Big One’

The L.A. Times Guild called an emergency meeting on Thursday after leadership was told that the newspaper intends to “imminently execute another major round of layoffs,” according to a memo. The Bargaining Committee told members that it can’t say exactly how many staffers the company is intending to lay off, however, in the memo obtained by the New York Times, the union says “This is the Big One.”

Baltimore Sun Staff Clash With New Owner, Sinclair’s Smith

Sinclair’s David Smith Buys The Baltimore Sun

The media company’s executive chairman said he acquired Baltimore Sun Media from the investment firm Alden Global Capital in a private deal reached last Friday. He did not disclose how much he paid in the agreement. Smith bought the paper with his own assets independently of Sinclair. He said, however, that there could be partnerships between the two brands in the future. He will remain the executive chairman at Sinclair.

L.A. Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida Exits After 2 Years

Washington Post Taps Top Axios Editor To Oversee Local Coverage

Oregon Weekly Paper Stops Printing After Embezzlement Leaves It In ‘Shambles’

Zach Seward Is NYT’s Editorial Director Of AI Initiatives

A founding editor of Quarta, he will build a small team in the newsroom to experiment with generative AI tools and prototype ideas. He will help design training programs for curious journalists and will partner with colleagues across the company to determine where to incorporate generative AI tools into our publishing tools and digital products.

Washington Post Staffers Stage One-Day Work Stoppage

U.K. Opens Inquiry Into Jeff Zucker’s Emirati-Backed Bid For The Telegraph

British regulators announced a review into whether the bid, backed mostly by funds from the United Arab Emirates, could result in adverse foreign influence over the British press.

In Alabama, Another Small-Town Paper Hit In ‘Open Season’ On Free Press

It’s an increasingly familiar drama: Local authorities go after journalists and publishers of small papers, which find themselves on the First Amendment’s front lines.t

Jeff Zucker Nears Major Deal To Re-Enter The News Business

The veteran TV executive is poised to take control of two prominent British news outlets, The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator, and may expand them into America.

QUARTERLY REPORT

New York Times Passes 10 Million Subscribers

The company reported an adjusted operating profit of $89.8 million in its latest quarter, up from $69 million a year earlier.

City To Dismiss Citations Issued To Reporter For Asking Too Many Questions