Newsrooms have many traditions, and covering the final moments of political campaigns on election night is one of them.
When I arrived in South Jersey almost four years ago, I spent one-on-one time with each staff member in the newsroom, as has been my habit in every market that I’ve worked.
Five days each week we publish Press editorials on issues and topics that are strongly related to local communities, the region and the state. They appear at the top of the Opinion page.
In August, two journalists in our newsroom teamed up to launch a small project they hoped would humanize a story that had come to resemble a crushing statistical death march: The heroin epidemic.
When I started working in newspaper journalism 38 years ago, some reporters were paid by the column inch for stories still written on typewriters. Blocks of printed text and photos were waxed and pasted together to make pages by guys who several years earlier had been making them from hot lead.
For many decades, the business model for newspapers was the same: publish stories and photos in print, and sell advertising to go around it. Simple.
The digital technology revolution is changing lives, businesses and so much else. No wonder people and companies, including newspapers and other media, are urgently trying to figure out where it is going.
This fall, voters in New Jersey will elect a new governor and new Legislature. They will elect sheriffs and freeholders, mayors and councils and committees, and school board members.
Each day, hundreds of press releases and messages arrive at The Press of Atlantic City newsroom, through the mail, email and phone. Most are from people who want us to cover events, print their letters to the editor or otherwise share their news or opinions.
One of the pillars of the community-wide communication service The Press provides is the guest commentary.
One of my early jobs in the newsroom was working weekend rewrite shifts taking dictation from funeral home directors for the next day’s obituaries.
Earlier this week we published a letter urging support for North Korea, its writer claiming that Kim Jung-un and his ruling party are “a friend of all working class people.” This is about as eccentric as political views get these days, considering the nearly unanimous international consensus…
Last Saturday night, with deadline approaching and editors building the next day’s front page, we had a decision to make.
One of the most important roles we have as a community newspaper is to help readers share information and ideas with each other. Traditionally, the place in print for such an exchange has been the Opinion section, which is of course quite active with reader engagement at The Press (if you ar…
Never say it’s only a cartoon.
“Did you see this?”
Strangers brought it up to a reporter on the golf course. People stopped one of our editors while he was out to dinner with his wife. Someone else discussed it with me in the ladies room.
As journalists, our goal is to report stories that have an impact.
Sometimes, usually on Facebook or the comments section of a Press story online, we are asked why the reader has to pay for the content they wish to see. “I shouldn’t have to pay for this story,” the comments usually go. “This is the internet, where everything is free!”
Welcome to my pages.
Reader comments are a powerful part of online journalism these days.
The scene usually plays out the same way. I get an email from an employee, asking for a few minutes to talk. Or, sometimes, they appear in the doorway of my office and ask to come in.
A lot has been said and written about the current challenges facing the newspaper industry. I think it’s important that everyone understands how the industry has changed and what contributed to that.
This winter, we started expanding our definition of voice with the help of podcasts, an emerging storytelling tool.
It’s no secret that the media have been scrutinized and criticized quite a bit in the past year. National media have been blamed for promoting various, sometimes competing agendas, individual journalists have been called out during White House briefings, others have been accused of pedaling …