Reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news; conducting any news organization as a business; with a special emphasis on electronic journalism and the transformation of journalism in the Digital Age.

Craigslist's nerdy founder wants to change the world -- starting with your daily news

Craig Newmark, the 66-year-old founder of Craigslist, has many contradictions, and his dedication to journalism is just one. He's credited by some with single-handedly taking down the newspaper classifieds industry and strangling local papers of revenue. In Feb, he gave $15 million to projects that support journalism at a time of deep political divide over where and how we get our information, and how trustworthy those sources may be. "So far, I've given over $90 million for this combined effort of trustworthy journalism, cybersecurity, countering information warfare," Newmark says. 

5 key takeaways about the state of the news media in 2018

Some key findings about the state of the news media in 2018:

Trust and Distrust in America

Many Americans see declining levels of trust in the country, whether it is their confidence in the federal government and elected officials or their trust of each other, a new Pew Research Center report finds. And most believe that the interplay between the trust issues in the public and the interpersonal sphere has made it harder to solve some of the country’s problems. 

Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million to Develop New Field of Research Around Technology's Impact on Democracy

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a commitment of nearly $50 million in research to better understand how technology is transforming our democracy and the way we receive and engage with information.

U.S. newsroom employment has dropped a quarter since 2008, with greatest decline at newspapers

Newsroom employment across the US continues to decline, driven primarily by job losses at newspapers. And even though digital-native news outlets have experienced some recent growth in employment, they have added too few newsroom positions to make up for recent losses in the broader industry, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics survey data.

At Last A Beginning

At last it’s happening—a growing national discussion about how America’s news and information “industry” is failing to nourish our civic dialogue. It should be something we expect the candidates to discuss—and take a stand on—as the 2020 election campaigns ramp up.

Journalism Job Cuts Haven’t Been This Bad Since the Recession

The news business is on pace for its worst job losses in a decade as about 3,000 people have been laid off or been offered buyouts in the first five months of 2019. The cuts have been widespread. Newspapers owned by Gannett and McClatchy, digital media companies like BuzzFeed and Vice Media, and the cable news channel CNN have all shed employees. The level of attrition is the highest since 2009, when the industry saw 7,914 job cuts in the first five months of that year in the wake of the financial crisis. 

President Trump jokes with Russian President Putin about Russian election meddling and getting “rid” of journalists

President Donald Trump joked with Russian President Vladimir Putin about meddling in the US elections. After the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit, a reporter shouted a question at President Trump about whether he’d warned President Putin not to interfere in US democracy.

How can we save New Jersey’s local news from the wrecking ball?

A demolition team rolled in to 9 Broadcast Plaza in early June, tearing down Northern New Jersey’s only broadcast television studio.

Right to Connect: A Media-Policy Roadmap for Presidential Candidates

A platform of recommended media-and-tech policies for all presidential candidates. Over the summer of 2019, Free Press Action will send the platform to each of the presidential candidates. Free Press Action will also generate a scorecard rating each candidate’s positions relative to Right to Connect’s recommendations. What is the platform asking candidates to do?