#TheNewsProjectLive

Join TNP’s Merrill Brown (CEO) and Alex Leo (Head of Audience) for a weekly, live conversation with media industry experts and innovators about the future of news and news business models.


Episode 12 – Learning from STAT’s Coverage of Covid-19

Episode #12 of #TheNewsProjectLive features a conversation with Rick Berke, the co-founder and Executive Editor of STAT, a media company focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine and scientific discovery.

Rick oversees STAT, delivering deep, and tough-minded journalism about health, medicine, life sciences and the fast-moving business of making medicines. He was previously a longtime reporter and editor at the New York Times. He was chief political correspondent there for more than a decade, and before that covered beats including Congress, the White House, media, and national drug policy. In his roles as an editor, he served two tours as an assistant managing editor, and was also Washington editor, national editor, political editor, and video content editor. Before coming to Boston to launch STAT, he was executive editor of Politico.

Click here for more on Rick: https://www.statnews.com/staff/rick-b…

STAT takes you inside academic labs, biotech boardrooms, and political backrooms. They cast a critical eye on scientific discoveries, scrutinize corporate strategies, and chronicle roiling battles for talent, money, and market share. They examine controversies and puncture hype. With an award-winning newsroom, STAT gives you indispensable insights and exclusive stories on the technologies, personalities, power brokers, and political forces driving massive changes in the life science industry — and a revolution in human health.

Click here for STAT’s website https://www.statnews.com/


Episode 11 – Making it with a Local News Startup: The for-profit model at work

Episode #11 of #TheNewsProjectLive features a conversation with Josh Fenton, Founder of GoLocal24 and Michael Shapiro, CEO and Publisher of Tapinto.net.

Our theme this week: Making it with a Local News Startup – The for-profit model at work.

Providence, Rhode Island-based GoLocal24 operates GoLocalProv.com and GoLocalWorcester.com providing readers in those two communities with news, weather, sports, politics and entertainment coverage using more than 50 contributors as well as commentary from local writers and policy experts. GoLocalProv is 10 years old and provides daily video news coverage for the region as well.

Michael Shapiro is the CEO and Publisher of TAPinto.net, a network of more than 70 franchised online local newspapers in New Jersey, New York and Florida with more than 7 million readers. In October 2008, after five years of practicing law in New York City, Shapiro started an online, objective, local daily newspaper for his town, New Providence, as well as the adjoining towns of Summit and Berkeley Heights. He began franchising sites in December 2013 to people who wanted to start online newspapers in their own towns.


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Episode 10 – Solving the Local News Crisis: A look inside WNYC, the nation’s largest public radio station.

Episode #10 of #TheNewsProjectLive features Goli Sheikholeslami, President and CEO of New York Public Radio (WNYC), as we dive into our theme this week: Solving the Local News Crisis.

Previously, Sheikholeslami served as CEO of Chicago Public Media, where she led dramatic growth in listenership and revenue. Under her leadership, the group increased its focus on local news coverage by nearly doubling its newsroom, while launching new digital properties and podcasts reaching audiences around the world. Sheikholeslami has held senior leadership roles across public and private media over her extensive 25 year career, helping both legacy institutions and new players grow and thrive.

As a senior executive for The Washington Post, Sheikholeslami led the historic integration of the Post’s digital and print operations which led to the transformation of the company from a print-centric culture to a digital news organization.

Follow her on Twitter: @GoliSheik


Episode 9 – Will the #StopTheHateforProfit social media advertising boycott succeed? Will local advertising come back after COVID-19?

Episode #9 of #TheNewsProjectLive features a conversation with Tiffany Hsu, a media reporter for The New York Times and Gordon Borrell, a leading expert on local advertising.

The two questions we will focus on: Will the #StopTheHateforProfit social media advertising boycott succeed? Will local advertising come back after COVID-19?

Tiffany Hsu is a media reporter for the New York Times’ business desk, focusing on advertising and marketing. Previously, she covered breaking business news. Before joining The Times, she wrote about the California economy for The Los Angeles Times. Follow her on Twitter: @tiffkhsu

Gordon Borrell is the local media industry’s leading analyst. He is quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Ad Age, Forbes and other publications and has appeared on CNN and other TV and radio programs discussing trends and forecasts for local media. Follow him on Twitter: @goborrell


Episode 8 – With Brian Stelter on #InformationTragedy: Covid-19 Silence, Misinformation, and Confusion.

Episode #8 of #TheNewsProjectLive features a conversation with Brian Stelter, Chief Media Correspondent and Anchor of CNN’s Reliable Sources. Our topic is the #InformationTragedy: Covid-19 silence, misinformation, and confusion.

Brian is the anchor of “Reliable Sources,” which examines the week’s top media stories every Sunday at 11:00am ET on CNN/U.S, and the chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Stelter reports for CNN Media, and writes a nightly e-newsletter with colleague Oliver Darcy. Click here to subscribe to the Reliable Sources newsletter: https://bit.ly/reliable2020


Episode 7 – How WNET Thirteen is Confronting Protest, the Virus and Financing Hurdles

Episode #7 of #TheNewsProjectLive features a conversation with Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET THIRTEEN. We’ll take a look at how they are confronting protest, the virus and financing hurdles

Neal Shapiro is an award-winning producer and media executive with a 30-year career spanning print, broadcast, cable and online media. As CEO of WNET, he oversees the operations of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV, reaching a combined monthly audience of approximately 9.5 million.

At the helm of WNET, Shapiro has revitalized programming, nearly doubling arts and culture offerings, emphasizing local programming and community engagement; setting new fundraising records and inaugurating two state-of-the-art glass studios: The Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York and the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in Newark, New Jersey.


Episode 6 – Covering Education and Financing Journalism in Turbulent Times

Episode #6 of #TheNewsProjectLive features a discussion with Elizabeth Green, the CEO/Co-Founder of Chalkbeat and the Co-Founder of the American Journalism Project. Our topic: Covering Education and Financing Journalism in Turbulent Times.

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to telling the story of education in America, one community at a time. Founded in 2014, Chalkbeat is now one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit news organizations, with reporters in seven locations. The American Journalism Project is a new venture philanthropy organization dedicated to local news. By providing course-altering investments and venture support to civic news organizations, the American Journalism Project is building a new public service media that is governed by, sustained by and looks like the public it serves.


Episode 5 – Protests and the Press: Short-term Challenges, Long-term Changes.

Episode #5 of #TheNewsProjectLive features a discussion with Meredith Clark, PhD, Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia AND Jeff Jarvis, the director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.


Episode 4 – The Digital Divide: Challenges for Delivering News in Perilous Times

Episode #4 of #TheNewsProjectLive features a discussion with Larry Irving, a former Clinton Administration and Obama / Biden Transition Team member and Lee Rainie, Director of Internet and Technology Research at the Pew Research Center.

Larry, who is credited with coining the term “The Digital Divide,” is president and CEO of the Irving Information Group, a telecommunication and information technology strategic planning and consulting business based in Washington, D.C. Prior to starting his business, he was head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves as the President’s principal adviser on telecommunications policies pertaining to the United States’ economic and technological advancement and to regulation of the telecommunications industry. He was also the first African American inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Lee is the director of internet and technology research at Pew Research Center. Under his leadership, the Center has issued more than 650 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. The American Sociological Association gave Lee its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues” in 2014 and described his work as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity.”


Episode 3 – David Folkenflik, Media Correspondent for NPR News

Episode #3 of #TheNewsProjectLive features a discussion with David Folkenflik, Media Correspondent for NPR News and the Host / Editor of On Point. 

David Folkenflik was described by Geraldo Rivera of Fox News as “a really weak-kneed, backstabbing, sweaty-palmed reporter.” Others have been kinder. The Columbia Journalism Review, for example, once gave him a “laurel” for reporting that immediately led the U.S. military to institute safety measures for journalists in Baghdad. Based in New York City, Folkenflik serves as media correspondent for NPR News and as host and editor of On Point from NPR and WBUR, along with Meghna Chakrabarti. He broadcasts from New York each Friday.


Episode 2 – The Perilous State of the Newspaper Industry

Join us for Episode #2 of #TheNewsProjectLive, a conversation with Mike Klingensmith of the Star Tribune and Ken Doctor, President of Newsonomics.

Before joining the Star Tribune, Mike Klingensmith held a series of management positions at Time Inc. and served as CFO. He was the founding publisher of Entertainment Weekly, and was subsequently named president of Sports Illustrated,

Ken Doctor’s work centers on the transformation of consumer media in the digital age. He is the author of “Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get.”


Episode 1 – #TheNewsProjectLive with Emily Ramshaw

For our debut episode, we spoke with Emily Ramshaw, founder and CEO of The 19th News, an exciting new news organization dedicated to coverage of gender politics and policy. Ramshaw is the award-winning former editor-in-chief of Texas Tribune, the state’s widely read nonprofit news site. 

The News Project spoke with Ramshaw about The 19th, the publication’s view of women in politics and focus on both the upcoming general election and the impact of coronavirus on both the women’s issues at the heart of the publication’s mission and on their formal launch of the publication later this year.