Futures Lab #187: Community Impact Newspaper

Community Impact Newspaper is a hyperlocal news company that delivers a free monthly newspaper to every household in the geographic areas it covers. The company uses revenue generated from advertisements to serve 22 communities across Texas. John Garrett, founder and chief executive officer, explains what makes Community Impact’s targeted advertising model unique. Reporting by Rayna Sims

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  • The company serves 22 communities across 34 cities in Texas, including Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metro areas. It tailors the content of its newspapers to each community.
  • Earlier this month, Community Impact Newspaper announced a new partnership with the Texas Tribune.
  • Community Impact is able to distribute its free newspapers to more than 1.7 million households in Texas because of revenue it makes from advertisements. The company’s advertising model allows it to target ads to readers at extremely hyperlocal levels, even down to individual postal carriers.
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John King to Jeffrey Lord: What Does Media Bias Have to do With Trump Lying 14 Times in TIME Interview?

This morning, TIME Magazine published an interview of President Donald Trump that included the president repeating a number of dubious claims and ending the whole thing by telling reporter Michael Scherer that he must be doing something right because he’s president and “you’re not.” Following an interview with Scherer on CNN tonight, anchor Anderson Cooper turned to his panel for a discussion. And political commentator and fervent Trump defender Jeffrey Lord wanted to use the TIME piece as an example of media bias. Lord mentioned a column he wrote about TIME and how they showed President Barack Obama with a beaming smile and, eight years later, displayed a photo of Trump scowling. “Now, all I’m suggesting to you is when you constantly say that one person is the greatest thing since sliced bread and your media analysis is this guy is terrible,” he stated. Continue reading "John King to Jeffrey Lord: What Does Media Bias Have to do With Trump Lying 14 Times in TIME Interview?"

RNC Paid Intel Firm That Worked With Ex-Russian Spy to Dig Up Dirt on Hillary Clinton

Hillary-Clinton-via-NBC-356x234 With potential collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign now front and center in the news cycle due to current Congressional and FBI investigations, the news that the Republican National Committee utilized the services of a former Russian spy this past summer can’t be welcomed by the White House. According to Poltico, the RNC paid an intelligence firm tens of thousands of dollars to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The firm, Hamilton Trading Group, initially stated that the $41,500 it was paid had nothing to do with Russia and was largely for security assessments. However, the RNC is now acknowledging that the majority of the money it paid out was to try to get negative info on Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.
But RNC officials now acknowledge that most of the cash — $34,100 — went towards intelligence-style reports that sought to Continue reading "RNC Paid Intel Firm That Worked With Ex-Russian Spy to Dig Up Dirt on Hillary Clinton"

Devin Nunes Doesn’t Know ‘For Sure’ if Trump or Transition Team Members Were Surveilled

nunes_devin1 A day after holding two press conferences and briefing President Donald Trump on reports that he claimed members of the Trump transition team had their communications “incidentally collected” by intelligence agencies, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is now stating that he can’t confirm who was picked up on calls or emails. According to ABC News, a spokesperson for the GOP lawmaker made a point to note that Nunes didn’t know specifically whose communications were monitored by the intel community.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, R-Calif., does not know “for sure” whether President Donald Trump or members of his transition team were even on the phone calls or other communications now being cited as partial vindication for the president’s wiretapping claims against the Obama administration, according to a spokesperson. “He said he’ll have to get all the documents he requested from the [intelligence Continue reading "Devin Nunes Doesn’t Know ‘For Sure’ if Trump or Transition Team Members Were Surveilled"

New Comic Book-Style Textbook Aims to Get High Schoolers Excited About Journalism

A new graphic novel and textbook called A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism is making waves on Kickstarter and its creator hopes it will make some in the classroom very soon, too. Author Katina Paron, who is the Director of the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative, described the project as, “Part episodic graphic novel, part educational text, A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism offers high school cub reporters a glimpse into the dramas, adventures and ethical conundrums that make journalism so deeply compelling, rewarding and fun. It also provides a solid underpinning of media arts values and practice.” Certainly, in the current political climate and with trickle-down vitriol toward the media becoming more common by the day, getting young students excited about journalism is vital. The Kickstarter for the book — which Paron began working on in 2011 — went live today and has already earned $4,745 out of the Continue reading "New Comic Book-Style Textbook Aims to Get High Schoolers Excited About Journalism"

Documents Show that Secret Service Asked for $60 Million Extra For Trump Protection

trump tower New documents show that the Secret Service requested a $60 million budget increase to protect President Donald Trump for the 2018 fiscal year. We already knew that the Secret Service was considering getting a whole floor in Trump Tower and that taxpayers are footing the bill for security at the Fifth Avenue stronghold of Melania Trump in a major way. As Salon points out, $26.8 million would be designated for protecting Trump Tower and Trump’s family as they travel the globally for their business deals. $33 million would be for travel costs for Trump, Mike Pence, and visiting heads of state. That is causing some commotion online because of how many times the president has traveled to Florida and played golf in the two months since he took office. (It’s been 50% more than predecessor Barack Obama.) [image via screengrab] —— Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.

Springs Breakers Go to Mexico, Reportedly Chant ‘Build That Wall!’

shutterstock_550962316 An editorial in a Yucatán newspaper took spring breakers to task for “xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country.” Last Friday, the Yucatán Times published a piece called, “EDITORIAL: Spring Breakers chanting “Build That Wall” in Cancun is unacceptable.” The editorial board criticized an event they sourced from a Mexican man’s Facebook post and described like this:
During a family show on the high seas, young American spring breakers began to sing the controversial “Build That Wall” chant, which shocked Mexican national tourists and workers. This is just one of the many blameworthy behaviors that young spring breakers have shown recently in Cancun and that are described as acts of xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country, which is (or should be) totally unacceptable.
Yeah, apparently American revelers went to Mexico, then chanted the infamous campaign season slogan popularized by Donald Trump and his supporters, “Build that Continue reading "Springs Breakers Go to Mexico, Reportedly Chant ‘Build That Wall!’"