Coming out of the 2016 presidential election year, covering politics in the media has often times gone through chaos and disorder. It's what prompted McClatchy to launch the Influencer series in four of its major markets: California, Florida, Missouri and the Carolinas.
Kristin Roberts, regional editor of the McClatchy's East region, is in charge of leading the series in all four markets. As regional editor, she discovered that having reporters just cover polls during the elections was a bad decision and it didn't help readers.
"We didn't satisfy the consumer's desire to understand policies affecting their communities and where candidates stood on those policies," she said. "Readers want us to force conversation about policy, not personality."
Now, she considers the Influencer series the start of changing the way newsrooms should approach covering politics.
And it all starts with the reader.
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McClatchy Studios, the documentary production arm of McClatchy, has announced its inaugural fall lineup, focused on local stories with national appeal. Three shows produced by McClatchy Studios will stream on Facebook Watch, McClatchy news websites and other streaming services in the fall, including a series inside the surprisingly competitive Texas Senate race between Democratic contender Beto O'Rourke and Republican incumbent Senator Ted Cruz.MORE
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McClatchy announced the launch of new editorial initiatives this month, aimed at better connecting McClatchy readers with important coverage of politics and policy decisions at stake in the 2018 midterm elections. The projects – "The Influencer Series," "Ground Game" and "Beto" – will provide sophisticated coverage of midterm election races important to both local voters served by McClatchy news brands and political obsessives nationwide.MORE
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Five years after its inception, Main Street Media of Tennessee is a fast-growing media company operating in the suburbs of Nashville. Publishers of eight weekly newspapers, magazines and websites, the company's focus on hyper-local news unique to each community has allowed it to grow ad revenue as well as circulation.
In three weeks, at the SNPA News Industry Summit, hear how a "print-first" operation has been able to buck the trends and set itself on a path for continued growth.
Dave Gould, president and CEO of Main Street Media, says: "The idea that people no longer want to read newspapers is, in my opinion, completely misguided. But as an industry, we have to be honest and ask ourselves if we are offering our communities a product that will attract and retain readers. If we do that, can we then build a business model that will support our efforts to provide readers with strong newspapers? I believe the answer is 'yes' and that has been the basis of our company's growth to this point."More