The Advocate wins first Pulitzer Prize for reporting that helped change Louisiana's nonunanimous jury law
The Advocate's coverage set the stage for Louisiana's voters to amend the state constitution, seven months later, to demand unanimous verdicts in criminal cases.
SNPA director Judi Terzotis is the president of The Advocate.
Monday's award marks the first Pulitzer Prize in the state since 2006, when The Times-Picayune received two for its courageous coverage of Hurricane Katrina. It is the sixth time the century-old award has gone to a Louisiana news organization.
Read also about:
- The Public Service Award presented to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
- AP's award for international reporting.
- A special citation and $100,000 cash prize presented to the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md.
- A tribute to the work of a high school student newspaper.
Brainworks Software has announced that the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has once again taken its relationship with Brainworks to the next level. The News-Miner first installed Brainworks' advertising system in 2004. This 15-year partnership continues with the paper's commitment to be an early adopter for Brainworks' new Stratica Advertising and CRM system.MORE
Two Georgia newspaper groups working together to gain efficiencies in operations have announced another joint project.
Times-Journal Inc. in Marietta and Southern Community Newspapers Inc. in Lawrenceville will consolidate the two companies' customer service call centers May 1.MORE
Development of a $29 million golf and entertainment attraction near downtown New Orleans took another step forward recently as workers began site preparation at the former location of The Times-Picayune offices and printing plant.
Pavement has been excavated in areas around the perimeter of the Howard Avenue site beside the Pontchartrain Expressway, where a fence will be erected to keep trespassers away during the demolition.MORE
Journalists, elected officials and government communicators committed to concrete steps aimed at increasing trust and civility in public life following two days of intensive conversations at the National Press Club.
Hosted by the club's nonprofit Journalism Institute and facilitated by the National Institute of Civil Discourse, the "Dialogue in a Divided Democracy" brought together more than 60 people – news media leaders and the people they cover – for face-to-face conversations about the challenges facing key American institutions. PEN America and the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership partnered in the event.
In this article, read about the steps participants agreed to take.MORE
Walter E. Hussman Jr., chairman of WEHCO Media and publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is at war again. This time, it's with the internet. But rather than face his competitor head-on in what would most certainly be a losing battle, he's leaning in and gambling on a new strategy.
"People don't realize how bad things are," he says. "The newspaper industry in America is verging on total collapse ... You're going to start seeing more daily newspapers close. We've lost Arkadelphia. We lost Hope. I think we're going to lose more.
"It's a real challenge for the Democrat-Gazette, too. We've got to figure out a new business model because the one we're on just is not working."MORE
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has announced that the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information has been awarded $125,000 from the Hearst Foundations for the Center's "Data Deserts" initiative.MORE
A major challenge in today's media world is holding on to your staff, specifically experienced personnel. This is especially true in the media industry, which includes print, radio and broadcast with marketing and research staff.
Today's media sales teams are taking more responsibility for revenue by delivering more strategic recommendations and striving to close more business quickly. Having marketing research resources achieves this efficiently by embracing the shift from market research as an expense or a cost center to a revenue generator.
Since so many in the media industry are asking their staff to do more multi-tasking, Research Director On Demand suggests the following tips to help you with your marketing and advertising sales research.MORE
A new law proposed by state Rep. Chris Pringle and state Sen. Cam Ward would completely overhaul Alabama's open records law – making it enforceable and giving citizens better, cheaper access to their government.
Read this column by Kyle Whitmire, state political columnist for the Alabama Media Group.MORE
As our industry continues to transform and shift, one thing remains the same: the amount of talent growing in our newsrooms. This year's list of young newspaper professionals moving our industry forward showcases a wide range of skills. From technology and content to events and marketing, these 25 men and women aren't afraid to try new things. They believe in the power of journalism, and they're working hard to make sure it has a future.MORE
The Bastrop Enterprise stopped the presses March 29, but its memories will live on, as will its 118 years of history in the city of Bastrop, La.MORE
The Bastrop Enterprise stopped the presses March 29, but its memories will live on, as will its 118 years of history in the city of Bastrop, La.More
Newspapers are all about storytelling and, yet, "with the crisis that we face as an industry, we don't do a great job of telling our very, very compelling story," Terry Egger, publisher and CEO of Philadelphia Media Network, told attendees at the Mega-Conference last week.
In his keynote address to 700 industry executives in Las Vegas, Egger called on newspapers across the country to establish conversations with local community and business leaders about the important role that newspapers play.
As an industry, he said we have suffered a lot of self-inflicted wounds. "We wish we had do-overs," he said, "but we don't. What we do have, though, is a compelling story that needs to be told."More
A new advertising support position at the Northwest Florida Daily News is paying off, according to Ethan Aden, digital sales manager for the paper based in Fort Walton Beach.
The job title is sales engineer, and the goal is to put together multimedia proposals for the sales reps to present to clients – complete proposals backed by research into markets, demographics and other factors.More