Citing 2019 reports by PEN America and the Brookings Institution, Tom Arenberg, who researches news writing and web metrics as an instructor at the University of Alabama, painted a desolate-yet-hopeful picture of local journalism when he spoke to Alabama Media Professionals at the group’s monthly meeting Feb. 13. As readers and advertisers moved online, ad revenue went to Google and Facebook, not local news publishers, Arenberg said. Between 2004 and 2018, 20 percent of Ameri
“Don’t believe it when you hear print is dead,” the speaker at June’s meeting told Alabama Media Professionals and guests. “It’s not so.”
That particular speaker should know. She’s Felicia Mason, executive director of the Alabama Press Association (APA). With 123 member newspapers and 100 associate members, APA, the state’s oldest trade association, is doing very well.
Mason acknowledged that some of the state’s and nation’s largest newspapers have experienced cutbacks