Ken Doctor saw it coming. A few years ago, the media analyst looked at the trend lines and predicted that by 2017 or so, American newsrooms would reach a shocking point.
For more than two decades now, local and regional newspapers have been pummeled by the arrival of an unprecedented advance in communications — the internet.
On Monday, July 16, more than 160 people packed a meeting room in Stockton University’s Campus Life Center looking to share their stories and build connections toward their common goal: ending domestic violence.
After a gunman stormed into the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis on June 28, killing five and injuring two others, messages of support began to appear from around the globe.
A major report last month from the Media Insight Project on how the public and the news media view each other confirmed some troubles. More than half of Americans think journalism is on the wrong track, and nearly half trust the media less than they did a year ago.
Last week, on a Sunday night, lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy struck a $37.4 billion budget deal that averted a state shutdown.
One of the best things most newsrooms do is cover breaking news, and ours is no different. Journalists are wired to respond to unexpected events — crime, weather, fires and other disasters — with urgency and intensity. Many of us like to be in motion, so running out the door to chase a story…
It all started by accident. An odd job here, a writing assignment there. Then an acquaintance asked me to build a website for her restaurant.
“We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” was the clever title of a Philip K. Dick story about a company that, instead of sending customers on fantastic, costly and even impossible vacations, just implanted false memories of them in their brains.
A small but growing number of New Jersey communities that live with the constant threat of coastal flooding are banding together as a way to protect their communities from future storms.
At The Press of Atlantic City, we publish a lot of stories. Stories about government, crime, schools, sports and entertainment. Stories that educate and inform, inspire and excite. Stories that make up the fabric of our community.
Since the advent of the internet more than two decades ago, plenty of people have predicted the days of the printed newspaper are numbered. Many are still doing so, just admitting that it’s going to take a lot longer than they thought.
Journalists strive to make sense of the world. Our job is to explore and explain by observing, asking questions, and evaluating until we can report back on what we’ve learned.
I grew up at the beach (Virginia Beach, to be exact) and had my first job as a journalist in the Outer Banks in the North Carolina bureau of the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.
My wife always joked that I should do something with my sports knowledge and after almost two decades I finally listened.
The polar ice cap is melting, our ocean is expanding and New Jersey is sinking.
This is a column about paying it forward — and why that matters.
The Press and other media are all about delivering compelling content to their audiences and serving a very diverse set of customers. We often talk in this column about those efforts and how we learn to do it differently and better.
An article published by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, whose mission is to advance and elevate journalism, describes an industry that has lost its way.
Two years ago, we took our first steps as a newsroom toward producing a weekly television broadcast program.
Since I’ve been at The Press, we have spent the first few months of every year setting our agenda for the newsroom. First, I meet with each employee one-on-one. Then, we hold daylong staff retreats to discuss our priorities, and follow up with a strategic plan shared across the organization.
Political peacemakers aren’t feeling very blessed these days. They’re more likely to be attacked by partisans for failing to share in a party’s (self-)right-eous anger.
There’s no two ways about it: Feb. 20’s layoffs at The Press of Atlantic City and Catamaran Media dealt a blow to our newsroom.
When she was a senior at Ocean City High School, Janae Isaacs raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after watching her cousin battle leukemia for the third time.
There has been much concern about political bias in the media and argument about how much broadcasters and newspapers favor one party or ideology over another.
I wrote a column several months back on how the realities of modern newsrooms — shrinking resources in the face of growing demands for information — have prompted us to build teams to respond to events of interest.
This week, The Press of Atlantic City enters into a new printing relationship with the Star-Ledger in Newark. For the past several years, our newspaper has been printed by Gannett, first in Freehold, then later in Cherry Hill. After our contract ended, we needed to find a new printer for our…
I’ve read newspapers ever since I could read. My working-class childhood home subscribed to three — from New York City, from North Jersey and the local paper.
The call for nominations for our 3rd Young Leaders award has gone out. By May, we’ll be introducing you to 25 of the best and brightest high school seniors in South Jersey.
Earlier this month, during the huge snowstorm, I was reminded why journalists are some of the best people to spend your working life with. On Thursday, our building was closed to the public and employees were encouraged to work from home rather than come into the office. That was a prudent d…
I’ve seen and heard a lot of complaints about media bias this past year, perhaps more than in all my other 36 years as a journalist.
As journalists, we get criticized for pointing out what’s wrong without offering solutions.
When I first moved back to the area in 2013, after having worked here 25 years earlier, I spent the first few months as publisher speaking with groups such as the Atlantic City Rotary Club, the Somers Point Business Association, Kiwanis and others about their concerns and expectations for Th…
Last Saturday, when staff was working to keep readers updated on the incoming snow storm, somebody ordered pizza for the newsroom. Meteorologist Joe Martucci went with an editor to the lobby to help carry the boxes in.
The Press Opinion pages allow the expression of partisan animosity, hatred and even name-calling to a degree. We follow to the extent we can the interpretation of the Bill of Rights that the remedy for problematic speech is more and better speech.
If you’re not familiar with the stories regarding Project Veritas’ failed attempt to plant a fake news story in The Washington Post, they’re worth catching up to, for several reasons.
During Monday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked reporters what they were thankful for.
Newspapers are a business and, like any business, they need customers.
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…