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NNA welcomes support in preserving universal mail service

Legislation to provide the U.S. Postal Service with the ability to continue to restructure without diminishing mail service is critical in the 114th Congress, as a slow economy and electronic diversion change the mail. That is why the National Newspaper Association welcomed the support of Sens. Jerry Moran, R-KS; Roy Blunt, R-MO and Claire McCaskill, D-MO, as they signed onto S. 2051, the iPOST Act introduced this year by Sen. Tom Carper, D-DE.

Billy Penn and Knight Foundation want to build ‘Yelp for mobile news’ | Poynter.

In the years before the Web came along and blew up the business model for journalism, the media landscape was much less volatile. If one publisher gained the upper hand on its competitors by dint of innovation or improved strategy, that technique could eventually be rediscovered and replicated in a stable business environment. Not so today. Source: Billy Penn and Knight Foundation want to build ‘Yelp for mobile news’ | Poynter.

The AP Considers Ethics of Robot Journalism with Automated Insights | MediaShift

Algorithm journalism is now available for everyone. A beta version of Wordsmith, a program that creates journalism from data, was made available by Automated Insights on its website in October, the company announced.But one of the world’s largest news organizations already uses the software to automatically generate some stories – and its standards editor said the ethics of the software has to be carefully considered. “We want to make sure that we’re doing everything the way we should,” Associated Press standards editor Tom Kent said. “We take our ethics very seriously.”

Paper Lions: Why Hyperlocal Newsweeklies Are Making A Quiet Comeback - Forbes

On the corner of Oakland and Asheville in Hendersonville, N.C.–behind a used-car dealership where banged-up late-model sedans sport “AS IS” stickers and sub-$4,000 price tags–sits an 812-square-foot trailer that houses what just might be the future of local print journalism. The Trailer of Truth, as it’s known in these parts, is world headquarters of the Hendersonville Lightning. The 2,000-circulation, 75-cents-per-issue newsweekly has actually been growing, albeit slowly, every year since it was founded in 2012 by veteran newsman Bill Moss.