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June 29, 2016

CTNewsJunkie Turns 11: Making Sure Real News Survives

by Steve Majerus-Collins | Jun 29, 2016 10:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

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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CTNewsJunkie Turns 11: Coverage Comes at a Cost

by Jack Kramer | Jun 29, 2016 12:38am
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

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 | Jun 27, 2016 11:23pm
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

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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June 26, 2016

ANALYSIS | As Newspapers Face Continued Losses, Journalism Hangs In the Balance

by Christine Stuart | Jun 26, 2016 10:53pm
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive

The Pew Research Center’s latest study of newspapers once again provides us with an image of an unfolding disaster. Reporting for Pew, Michael Barthel wrote that “for newspapers, 2015 might as well have been a recession year.”

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August 4, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: Thank You

by Doug Hardy | Aug 4, 2015 11:37pm
Posted to: Media Matters | Member Drive

We are happy to report that readers came through and helped us reach our end-of-the-session fundraising goal. We had set a target of $6,500 and we hit that number Tuesday on our way to an eight-day total of $6,833 . . .

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August 3, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: In New World Of Media, Watchdogs Need Community Backing

by Matt DeRienzo | Aug 3, 2015 10:22am
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive

As CTNewsJunkie celebrates a decade of existence 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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July 30, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: Journalism Hangs In the Balance of Readers’ Preferences ... and Their Wallets

by Christine Stuart | Jul 30, 2015 12:05am
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive

The latest employment numbers and revenue data from the newspaper industry paint an ugly picture.

The American Society of News Editors reports that from 2014 to 2015, the industry saw its first double-digit percentage drop in newsroom jobs since the recession in 2008. The downward curve in the employment chart is looking like a cliff again, in spite of a growing economy.

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July 27, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: At the Crossroads

by Doug Hardy | Jul 27, 2015 11:59pm
Posted to: Member Drive

Our story is really rare.

The news industry is in a terrible state of disruption and has been since the arrival of the Internet. For CTNewsJunkie to still be here after 10 years is very much an anomaly. Thousands of news websites and blogs have come and gone — too many to count. It’s not hard to figure out why.

Traditional news revenue mechanisms did not convert to the web very well.

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July 26, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: Here’s How You Can Support Public Service Journalism

by Christine Stuart | Jul 26, 2015 11:22pm
Posted to: Member Drive

Capitol Gains ClubBelieve it or not, we have just completed our 10th year in business at CTNewsJunkie. The site was launched in May 2005 and in many ways we still feel like we are just getting started.

Ten years is no small feat as we are not foundation supported, and we are very happy to have made it this far. As such, it is time to switch gears and offer some added value for the readers who support us financially. We are calling it the Capitol Gains Club . . .

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