Media Insider: Preservationists Aim to Save LA Times Buildings, Politico Launches News and Data Service, NJ Dedicates Millions to Local News

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.


Preservationists call for historic status for Los Angeles Times buildings, threatening redevelopment plans

Preservationists are hoping to secure city monument status for three Los Angeles Times buildings. According to the LA Times, city officials accepted an application to the Cultural Heritage Commission to officially recognize the buildings, which are “now owned by Onni Group, as historic-cultural monuments and put a temporary stay on demolition and substantial alterations. It will begin formally considering the application this month.” If city council approves this plan, this designation would kill redevelopment plans.

In other newsroom renovation news: 7 Chic Hotels Located Inside Former Newsrooms

Politico launches news and data service

Politico’s European edition has announced the acquisition of a Stockholm-based legislative tracking company, and it launched a new news and data service called Pro Intelligence. The acquisition of Statehill Inc. is part of Politico’s “continuing expansion in Europe,” a staff report says. “Pro Intelligence, which will be on the market by early fall, will include data on European institutions and national legislatures, including the U.K., Germany and France,” the report says.

Also recently from Politico magazine: The newsroom is no longer a safe place

To rebuild trust, we need to change the journalistic process

Trust in journalists remain at historic lows, according to the Columbia Journalism Review, with “much of the industry remains convinced that it can triumph on truth-telling alone.” But this may be a lasting issue as “news makers and consumers alike are overwhelmed with a constant frenzy of terrible news.” As journalism organizations reckon with audience distrust and failing business models, they continue to gravitate towards “engagement,” often just a word for using community organizing tactics in journalism, writes Wallace.

ICYMI on CJR: In California, journalists lean on student reporters for education coverage

New Jersey Dedicates Millions to Strengthen Local News Coverage

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy approved dedicating $5 million to the Civic Information Consortium, a nonprofit with a mission to revive and strengthen local media in New Jersey, says Free Press. “Legislation that will create the consortium, nicknamed the Civic Info Bill, passed the legislature and is on Gov. Murphy’s desk awaiting his signature,” it says. “The historic bill creates the Civic Information Consortium and will invest the $5 million in projects designed to meet the information needs of residents around New Jersey, especially in underserved communities, low-income communities and communities of color,” says Free Press.

A new news outlet has emerged in Tallahassee. Welcome The Florida Phoenix.

Wired goes over-the-top with new streaming TV channel

Wired launched its first streaming channel to reach people who are spending more time in over-the-top video environments, reports Digiday. The channel was launched July 1. It will be the “first of several streaming video channels planned by parent Condé Nast, which announced at its NewFronts earlier this year that it will create channels for Wired and, in 2019, GQ and Bon Appétit,” Digiday says.

In more video news: The Guardian finds less polished video works better on Instagram Stories.

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Christine Cube is a senior audience relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow her at @cpcube.

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