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Guidestar.org recently added the Newspaper Association of America and American Press Institute’s 2013 IRS Form 990 filingsnaa to its collection. (Unfortunately, the affiliated organizations‘ latest reports aren’t on ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer site yet; it doesn’t require registration.)

Some highlights:

Newspaper Association of America
Total revenue – $9,488,010 [previous year – $9,182,520]
Total expenses – $9,105,390 [$9,248,957]
Revenue less expenses – $382,620 [-$66,437]

Total compensation
CEO/President Caroline Little – $632,845 [previous year – $554,383]
CFO Margaret Vassilikos – $350,424 [$361,547]
Asst. Secretary Paul Boyle – $304,124 [$438,193]
VP Finance and Operations Anthony Shelborne – $190,532 [$172,161]
VP Audience Development John Murray – $153,543 [$172,712]
VP Research & Industry Analysis James Conaghan – $146,838 [$159,589]
VP Communications Melissa Rentz – $161,723 [—]
VP Information Technology Gary Peifer – $142,778 [—]

American Press Institute
Total revenue – $2,528,361
Total expenses – $1,990,150
Revenue less expenses – $538,211

Total compensation
Executive director Tom Rosenstiel – $297,938

* Newspaper Association of America 2013 Form 990 (guidestar.org)
* American Press Institute 2013 Form 990 (guidestar.org)

From ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer (no registration)
* Newspaper Association of America Form 990s for 2012 and earlier
* American Press Institute Form 990s for 2012 and earlier

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People reading newspapers while standing

Los Angeles Times ad campaign (launched in late 2014)
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Wall Street Journal ad campaign (launched in February 2015)
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* Wall Street Journal launches “Make Time” ad campaign (adage.com)
* Images from Los Angeles Times ad campaign (facebook.com)

Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, tells colleagues: “We believe it’s best for the school to return to a smaller student body size” after years of expansion, and “with regret, I’ve reached the conclusion that we must eliminate about half a dozen positions at the school.”

Coll’s memo, sent at 12:03 p.m. ET today:

Dear Colleagues,

We have been talking for the past year about our plan to strengthen the school by bringing our class size back down toward its historical norm from the high water mark that we reached after the recession set in and graduate student applications skyrocketed.
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Like many schools, we accommodated that demand, and now we believe it’s best for the school to return to a smaller student body size. This adjustment will preserve our capacity for hands-on and intensive teaching that is a trademark of the school. A second decision has been the focus on increased scholarship fundraising across the school, to raise as aggressively as possible the amount of scholarship funding per student. Combined with the reduced class size, this will continue to strengthen our ability to attract high quality and diverse students.

The step-down of our class size will continue to take place over the next several years, and most changes brought about by this will be gradual. To date we have managed these adjustments through a series of measures including OTPS budget reductions each of the last two years and not filling all vacant positions, including some faculty vacancies. These steps have been effective but we still need to implement additional changes now, as we prepare for the next school year’s budget. We’ve run out of room to meet our goals with the kinds of methods we’ve used the last two years./CONTINUES Read More

“I worry about the future of democracy as journalism diminishes,” says Garrison Keillor. “How will citizens exercise their right to vote if nobody is trying to ferret out the truth about the workings of government? I live in St. Paul, a city with a dying newspaper. What happens when it [the Pioneer Press] fades?”

Credit: Claudia Danielson

Credit: Claudia Danielson

The author and “Prairie Home Companion” host also tells Charleston City Paper’s Elizabeth Pandolfi:

I advise young writers to see to their health, to sidestep the greasy fingers of alcohol and narcotics, to get out of the house, to be playful in their work. A writer is someone who writes, actually writes, not merely one who plans to write, so it’s good to fashion strong habits. Two hours a day, every day, same time if possible, will get you a lot. Sometimes you have to throw away weeks’ worth of work, which feels bad, but still, something is gained. Be funny, if you can. It’s a real service.

* A Q&A with Garrison Keillor (charlestoncitypaper.com) | via @coreyhutchins

New: Pioneer Press once angered Keillor by printing (or not?) his home address (facebook.com)




* The AP sues to get Hillary Clinton‘s emails. (ap.org)
* Rupert Murdoch: “Hillary’s email problem won’t just pass, but run and run” – with help from the New York Post, of course. (@rupertmurdoch)
* “The press is right to cover assiduously Hillary’s email controversy,” but… (genevaoverholser.com)post
* Brian who? The Lester Holt-anchored “NBC Nightly News” scores its biggest lead over newscast rivals. (washingtonpost.com)
* Keith Olbermann is “very sympathetic” to Brian Williams. (wsj.com) | Watch the segment: (youtube.com)
* Olbermann tells David Letterman: “The key to [Twitter] is, don’t read any tweet that has your own name in it.” (youtube.com)
* Ex-NBC News correspondent Lisa Myers says “most of the political coverage [on TV] these days has all the depth of Twitter.” (desmoinesregister.com)
* Study: Women are far more likely than men to freelance to make extra money. (fastcompany.com)
* The AP announces its political reporting lineup. (ap.org)
* Jay Rosen and his NYU students launch their Future NYT site. (futurenytimes.org)
* The collapse of Gigaom “can be read as a cautionary tale of the risks of taking VC funding.” (digiday.com)
* Reuters boss on axing Jack Shafer and others: “We discovered that we did a lot better with our readers when we focused our commentary on news events that were occurring pretty much as they were occurring.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* The very thin Chicago Sun-Times print edition starts running USA Today-branded content. CEO Tim Knight claims readers want more international and national news. (Wrong; they want local coverage.) (bizjournals.com)
* I predict Howard Stern will renew with SiriusXM … but with even more time off and broadcasting flexibility. (bloomberg.com)
* GateHouse Media CEO Kirk Davis claims he’s trying to figure out how to fund local journalism and to “preserve front-line reporting resources.” Last week he laid off a bunch of journalists. (bostonglobe.com)
* “I just don’t want this paper to be a Gannett or a GateHouse or something like that,” says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Packers writer and Guild chief. (cjr.org)
* [SPONSORED] Apply for the $10,000 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. (Asia Society)
* Career advice from Suze Orman: Listen to your gut and own the power to control your future. (linkedin.com)
* RIP Pulitzer-winning journalist Claude Sitton. (newsobserver.com) | (nytimes.com)
* In Las Vegas, it’s Greenspun Media vs. Stephens Media. (lasvegassun.com)
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