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October 7, 2018

Asking Hard Questions Is What Real Journalism Is All About

by Christine Stuart | Oct 7, 2018 8:29pm
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive

Farknot Architect via shutterstock

I was recently asked to explain to a group of high school students what I do everyday as a journalist. My answer: “I hold powerful people accountable.”

It’s not a popular job.

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November 15, 2017

It’s Not Magic. It’s Money - CTNewsJunkie Needs Your Support

by Christine Stuart | Nov 15, 2017 11:27pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Social Enterprises | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion


Recently, I had an eerie flashback to 2006. I walked into a press conference to discover I was the only one there. Eventually one other reporter showed up and it got started.

Unfortunately, I’m sometimes still the only reporter who shows up at a press conference. It happens more than anyone realizes.

But it’s always a stark reminder of why CTNewsJunkie exists.

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November 14, 2017

There Is No Substitute for Real News - But It Needs Everyone’s Support To Survive And Thrive

by Jack Kramer | Nov 14, 2017 10:17pm
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion | State Capitol

Javier Brosch via shutterstock As I wrap up my 41st year in the business of writing/editing/reporting news, I can say with all honesty that the last two of those years have been the most fun.

For most of my previous years in the business, I sat behind a desk — mostly in New Haven, but also in New Britain, Bristol, Torrington, Middletown, New Milford, Storrs, Woonsocket, R.I., Fall River, Mass., Trenton, N.J., Saratoga, N.Y. … OK, you get the idea.

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November 13, 2017

The Journalism You Depend On Also Depends On You

by Christine Stuart | Nov 13, 2017 11:29pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Social Enterprises | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

ctnewsjunkie We have been so focused this year on covering the state budget deadlock, and what it means for Connecticut’s taxpayers, that we fell behind a bit and missed a few of our much-needed quarterly fundraisers.

Hear me out.

Being a small, independent news publisher means keeping up with the latest developments in the news cycle in addition to trying to manage your business in a quickly changing economic landscape.

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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 | Dec 9, 2016 1:23am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Social Enterprises | Election 2016 | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

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 | Dec 7, 2016 10:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

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 | Dec 7, 2016 1:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion | State Capitol

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 | Dec 5, 2016 11:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Jobs | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

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 | Dec 4, 2016 10:35pm
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

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 | Jul 5, 2016 8:44am
Posted to: Member Drive

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

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