September 17, 2016 |
Storytelling. That's what the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference, just concluded here in Philadelphia, was all about. It's the third year these three respected orgs - the American Society of News Editors (formed in 1922); the Associated Press Media Editors (formed at a bar in 1930; yearly meetings since 1933); and the Associated Press Photo Managers (2001) - have thrown a meeting together. Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, was among the cosponsors.
July 28, 2016 |
Temple University's School of Media and Communication has received a $2 million grant to create an endowed chair in "journalism innovation" named after James B. Steele, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter formerly with the Inquirer. The university has hired Aron Pilhofer, executive editor of digital for the Guardian (the English publication with a digital edition in the United States) and a former editor of digital strategy for the New York Times, to fill the post. Pilhofer, regarded as a leader in digital strategies, will start in October.
June 16, 2016 |
First, the news: David Haas and the Wyncote Foundation will give a combined $5 million to an endowment that seeks to secure the future of quality journalism in the Philadelphia region - and help the Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com in particular. Now, the news about the news: A Knight Foundation study released Wednesday examines the challenges facing Philadelphia Media Network, owner of the newspapers and website, and deems them considerable. For a major news company to thrive in the future, the study said, it needs to spend now on innovation and experimentation.
June 2, 2016 |
A cofounder of one of the nation's most active venture capital firms has been named board chairman of Philadelphia Media Network, which operates the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. Josh Kopelman, 45, perhaps best known as creator of Half.com, the giant used-book, movie, and music website, takes over as the company begins an ambitious effort to identify new ways of storytelling and new streams of revenue. "Great cities need a great independent source of journalism," Kopelman said Tuesday night.
March 31, 2016 |
New Media Technology Charter School, which has had a troubled history, has announced that it will close in June rather than continue to fight to remain open in the face of allegations of poor test scores and financial problems. It will be an ironic end for a charter that opened in 2004 with initial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and promises to teach students digital media skills. But the school later made headlines when its founding board president and founding CEO were sent to prison on federal fraud charges.
February 16, 2016 |
No matter how solid the balance sheet, a single act of omission - the lack of succession planning - can imperil a business. Harold E. "Hal" Taussig wasn't leaving anything to chance. About 12 years before Taussig, the cofounder of Untours , a travel-planning business in Media, drew his last breath on Jan. 11 at age 91, he had started devising the structure of its second act, and that of the foundation that distributes Untours' profits to help eradicate poverty by aiding small businesses.
February 12, 2016 |
Kelly Basile hit a free throw with six seconds left to extend Bishop Shanahan's lead to three and the Eagles held on to top Downingtown East, 42-39, on Wednesday night at West Chester East to capture their second-straight Ches-Mont League girls' basketball title. Basile finished with six points, shooting 3 of 6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Ciara Forde scored a team-high 15 points and Devon Adams added 12 points. Inter-Ac. Erin Lindahl scored 14 points to lead Germantown Academy to a second consecutive Inter-Ac title as the visitors defeated Notre Dame, 43-26.
February 1, 2016 |
David Haas is vice chair of Wyncote Foundation, a member of the board of managers of the Institute for Journalism in New Media, and a board member of Media Impact Funders The extraordinary gift by Gerry Lenfest in donating The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com to the newly formed nonprofit Institute for Journalism in New Media places Philadelphia at the center of a disruptive storm sweeping all legacy media and accomplishes two...
January 18, 2016 |
In the last month, two billionaires in their mid-80s made transactions involving major American newspapers. The two deals speak loudly about the state of journalism these days, and should make us all feel grateful about which of those two billionaires lives here. In one case, the billionaire was a buyer. In December, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson purchased his hometown paper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, from a corporate chain for $140 million, tens of millions of dollars more than it was worth.
January 14, 2016 |
DAVID BOARDMAN thinks it can work, that the donation of The Inquirer and its sister publications to a nonprofit institute can help sustain public-service journalism in Philadelphia. "It is," said the former executive editor of the Seattle Times and current dean of the Temple University School of Media and Communication, "one of the most exciting and viable models for journalism in the country right now. " That's partly why he agreed to serve on the institute's initial board of managers, to participate in a research-and-development effort "that doesn't exist in any newsroom in the country.