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December 9, 2016

To the Good, Maybe There’s A Silver Lining - More People Investing in Independent Journalism

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 1:23am

Disruption and transformation are a bumpy ride. But during these last several months, the transformation of the news industry seems to have been further derailed by a mutation.

The mutants — interloper propaganda sites parading as news — took over the web during the final months of the election and most certainly changed the conditions on the ground for legitimate news organizations. It’s a bigger problem than just trying to figure out a sustainable model to fund good reporting — people are apparently more apt to gravitate to nonsense.

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December 7, 2016

Coverage That Counts: The CT Legislature Has A Bigger Impact On You Than Trump Ever Will

by Jack Kramer | December 7, 2016 10:00pm

So we’ve just been through the most incredible presidential campaign in our lifetime.

And we’re all still talking about — even those who voted for him — that yes, indeed, come Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be president of the United States.

But here’s the reality:

Something that will have a much bigger impact on the wallets of Connecticut residents is starting a few weeks earlier — the 2017 General Assembly legislative session.

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Waking Up With CTNewsJunkie

by Staff Report | December 7, 2016 1:00am

As with most things we do, we have set an ambitious goal over the next few weeks to raise another $6,000 or so on our way to our annual goal of $24,000. The money will help us cover the upcoming 2017 legislative session. And it’s shaping up to be a busy one, folks.

We believe (and hope) that our coverage on the site and our “Morning Coffee and Politics” email are providing a lot of important information to make your days at the state Capitol easier.

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December 5, 2016

Surviving Disruption

by Christine Stuart | December 5, 2016 11:30pm

file photo When I landed my first job at a newspaper, our stories were typed into a computer and then printed. The columns were cut with scissors, run through a waxer, and then pasted onto “boards” on heavier paper — I think they were called “mechanicals.” This all happened in what was called the “composing room.”

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December 4, 2016

Credible, Professional Journalism Needs Your Support

by Christine Stuart | December 4, 2016 10:35pm

This website was launched in 2005 to fill a void in news coverage at the state Capitol. Our tagline — Because You Need It. Bad. — was true from the start. But it was originally based on the dearth of coverage, the empty desks in the Capitol press room.

Today, it has a new meaning. Because You Need It. Bad. is now more apt as a reality check against the propaganda that has been parading as news. Frankly, propaganda is worse than a lack of coverage.

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July 5, 2016

Reporting from Sarona, WI

by Christine Stuart | July 5, 2016 8:44am

ctnewsjunkie photo Thank you all for supporting us throughout our summer fundraiser last week — we can’t do this without you!

We know a lot of you are on vacation as well so we’re taking this week for some much needed family time. If you didn’t get a chance to make a contribution or start your subscription last week, but had planned to do so, feel free to click here to choose a plan. We would certainly appreciate it.

Thanks again - we’ll see you next week!

-christine stuart

July 1, 2016

CTNewsJunkie Turns 11: Because You Need It. Bad.

by Doug Hardy | July 1, 2016 10:59am

I really don’t want to jinx it. But after 11 years of publishing, CTNewsJunkie is almost fully sustainable without outside income to fill in the gaps.

Almost.

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June 29, 2016

CTNewsJunkie Turns 11: Making Sure Real News Survives

by Steve Majerus-Collins | June 29, 2016 9:00pm

It doesn’t make a lot of sense, really, that in this age of endless information, it’s getting harder and harder to find out what’s going on.

But we all know that it’s true.

You can see the root cause quickly enough by visiting the press rooms at the state Capitol, where dozens of reporters used to pound out copy for newspapers, radio stations, and other outlets detailing the schemes and dreams of Connecticut’s leaders.

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June 28, 2016

CTNewsJunkie Turns 11: Coverage Comes at a Cost

by Jack Kramer | June 28, 2016 11:38pm

In August of 2011, after 36 years as a newspaper reporter/editor at the New Haven Register I was told on a Monday morning, with no notice, I was being laid off. I was the editor — the top guy — at the Register at the time. I had worked my way up from a reporter in the Naugatuck Valley bureau, hired in 1976, to editor of the entire news operation of the second largest newspaper in the state, when I was named editor in 1996.

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June 27, 2016

CTNewsJunkie Turns 11: Watchdog Journalists Need Community Backing

by Matt DeRienzo | June 27, 2016 10:23pm

As CTNewsJunkie celebrates 11 years in business this summer, it’s a good time to emphasize two things: Its reporting on state government and politics is needed more than ever, and its community of readers will need to rally behind it if CTNewsJunkie is going to survive in a rapidly changing media world.

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