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May 5, 2021
Partnering with local media companies, site is reaching well over one million unique visitors monthly
LocalEatsandEssentials.com, an online platform to order food from locally owned, non-chain restaurants, has brought on eight local media companies as partners – with a combined audience reach of more than one million monthly readers via more than two dozen print titles, websites and social media pages.
The Clifton Park–based company now is operating in locations from Central New York to the Catskills and into the Berkshires in Massachusetts through these media partnerships. The latest media companies to come aboard include Oswego County News Now, The Mountain Eagle, Newspapers of New England and the Catskill Mountain Region Guide magazine.
Several other media companies currently are in various stages of onboarding with the program, and they have indicated the program is beneficial to their future plans to fund local journalism. Current partners rave about the ability to rapidly begin this program in their markets. As one publisher stated: “It’s not reinventing the wheel; the program already exists and is successful.”
The past year has been incredibly challenging for restaurants. The lockdown has forced many to close their doors (some permanently). “Restaurants need our support right now, and this new program will help those who live in these communities to show their support by going online and ordering take-out from their favorite restaurants,” said Mark Vinciguerra, Local Eats & Essential partner. “This program is unique because unlike other expensive online ordering programs, Local Eats is entirely free for the restaurant.”
Local Eats & Essentials helps promote the program to local consumers using print, social and digital advertising and a marketing program that supports local journalism – in collaboration with its media partners. “We are thrilled to be part of this program and are always looking for new ways to support local restaurants and local businesses in our community. We’re looking forward to making it easier for restaurants in our community to get more online orders without paying the big fees,” said Doug La Rocque, publisher of Eastwick Press, one of the media companies involved. “We feel partnering with Local Eats & Essentials provides the e-commerce platform our Facebook page can use, and the mission of supporting local restaurants and journalism is a major benefit as well.” Local
Eats & Essentials partners encourage communities to support the program and their local restaurants. To learn more and to order take-out, go to www.localeatsandessentials.com.
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About Local Eats & Essentials: Local Eats & Essentials is an online takeout service that makes it easy to order from more than one restaurant in your community at a time. The program is free for restaurants, and customers pay a nominal local restaurant support fee (between $1 and $5) depending on the size of their orders. For more information, visit www.localeatsandessentials.com.
April 15, 2021
The Journalists Association of New York, a nonprofit organization that advocates for radio, television and print journalists from dozens of news media organizations and colleges throughout New York state, is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to immediately cease his recent practice of closing all of his public appearances to the press.
This practice is an affront to the public that the governor serves; that public is represented by journalists when they are covering the activities of elected officials.
Since allegations of sexual misconduct became public in late February, the governor has held numerous public events in which he has made announcements around the state, but he has refused to allow journalists to attend any of them. The effect has been that the governor has not had to answer questions from journalists in person.
The governor has cited COVID-19 restrictions as reason for many, but not all, of these events being closed to the press. Most have been held in large facilities or outdoors where social distancing protocols could easily be followed by journalists, just as they were by the invited guests who have attended. We are taken aback that New York journalists who have been on the front lines covering COVID-19 for a year and cover communities across the state have seen their access curtailed.
In addition, COVID-19 case levels are much lower than where they were in the spring and fall of 2020, when the governor still held in-person press conferences and most public events were open to the news media. With vaccinations now available to all New York adults, most journalists also are now vaccinated, providing an additional layer of protection.
The governor's attempts to assuage journalists' concerns about this lack of access by holding occasional conference calls are woefully inadequate. The number of questions reporters can ask during these calls is severely limited, the governor or his staff choose the reporters given the opportunity to ask the questions, and there is typically no opportunity for follow-up questions.
These restricted-access events are a blatant misuse of taxpayer dollars in an attempt to bolster the governor's image while at the same time attacking the public's right to know about the activities of government, a right that is exercised by the news media when covering the governor's public events in person. No governor should refuse to provide this basic level of access and transparency.
Journalists Association of New York Board of Directors:
March 11, 2021
The newspapers of New York State are deeply concerned about the financial and Constitutional issues raised by this legislation. As currently drafted, the bill would curtail the availability of accurate news in many areas of the state and invite litigation to defend against government actions that would suppress distribution of news via newspapers. This legislation also unfairly forces newspapers to share the costs incurred by single stream municipal recycling programs and the negative effect of comingled plastic on the market for recovered paper.
The legislation would incentivize urban and suburban newspapers to shut down their presses, converting entirely to digital delivery. Pressroom jobs would be eliminated.
For these reasons, we urge Senator Kaminsky and Assm. Englebright to amend their legislation to exempt newspapers and magazines, and to pursue other avenues to revitalize the markets for recyclable and compostable materials that previously existed.
February 4, 2021
Local Eats and Essentials Expands into three new markets
Press release contact Mark Vinciguerra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now you can order takeout and support local restaurants in Central NY, in Rensselaer County, NY, and the Berkshires region of Massachusetts with a new LOCAL partnership between Localeatsandessentials.com and three media companies, announced today.
Readers of The Daily Orange, The Eastwick Press, and New England Newspapers can now order from their favorite local restaurants online. This program is unique because it's 100% FREE for LOCAL restaurants to participate. “This has been an incredibly challenging time for restaurants.
The lockdown has forced many restaurants to close their doors (some permanently). Restaurants need our support right now and this new program will help those who live in these markets to show their support by going online and ordering take-out from your favorite restaurant” says Katherine Haine, Local Eats partner. “This program is unique because unlike other expensive online ordering programs, Local Eats is entirely free for the restaurant,” adds Haine.
These media companies have partnered with Local Eats to help promote the program to 100,000s of LOCAL consumers using print, social and digital advertising. The media partners and Local Eats share in the revenue derived from the Restaurant Support fee, paid for by consumers, while the restaurants earn the full cost of the meal being purchased at the rate they set. Unlike other online ordering options, there is no monthly fee, transaction charge, or upfront fee paid by the restaurants.
Local Eats partner Mark Vinciguerra says, “In addition to supporting local restaurants, Local Eats and Essentials provides much-needed support to local journalism. Literally, it creates a new revenue stream for media partners and helps to fund their newsgathering operations. To say it’s the proverbial win/win is an understatement.”
Local Eats is now available in 5 markets throughout upstate NY and Western Massachusetts. The privately-owned company is continuing to negotiate with other media partners and expects to expand into dozens of more markets over the next few months.
About Local Eats & Essentials: Local Eats is an online takeout service that makes it easy to order from more than one restaurant in your community at a time. The program is free for restaurants and the customer pays a nominal local restaurant support fee (between $1 and $5) depending on the size of their order. www.localeatsandessentials.com.
January 20, 2021
JANY Press Release Contact: Tena Tyler, JANY president and a senior editor at the Times Union 518‐454‐5324 or email@example.com
Rebranded Associated Press Organization will continue supporting journalists across New York state
ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Associated Press Association, a nonprofit organization overseen by a volunteer board of journalists from Associated Press members across New York state, is in the process of reorganizing and rebranding following the wire service's decision to no longer provide administrative support.
The AP informed the board in 2020 that it would no longer be directly involved with the association, which has provided annual free or low‐cost training and an annual journalism excellence contest for members from radio, television and print organizations. AP cited a lack of staff time for its decision.
As a result of AP's termination of its relationship with the nonprofit, the NYSAPA board made the decision to continue with its mission through a reorganization and rebranding that is ongoing. The board intends to formally change the nonprofit's name to the Journalists Association of New York.
“While the organization’s name is changing, the mission is not,” said Tena Tyler, who was elected president of the New York State Associated Press Association in 2020 as the AP announced its decision. “We have a rich tradition of supporting fact‐based journalism and the hard work being done by news organizations across the state. That work will continue through JANY.”
As a result of the timing of AP's notice, the annual excellence contest, which typically would be calling for entries in January, had to be postponed. The board hopes to resume the yearly contest after the legal process associated with the reorganization and name change is complete. The organization cannot at this juncture provide a defini‐tive timetable for when that may happen.
In the meantime, the association will move forward with a major focus on training for new and young journalists across New York. Up first will be the planned State of the Field Journalism Seminar on March 6, 2021, being presented with Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Members of the organization will help present a daylong seminar taking on topics such as reporting in the pandemic age, dealing with disinformation, and multiplatform storytelling. The program will finish with a panel discussion on equity and justice in race and gender at the office and in the field. The State of the Field program will be virtual. Registration information will be available in the next few weeks.
“I can’t say enough about the dedication and enthusiasm of this group of radio, television and print journalists,” Tyler said of the nonprofit’s board. “They are eager to carry on the vital mission of supporting journalists across New York state starting with timely and effective training.”
June 16, 2020
Trial Court Denies Temporary Restraining Order in First Amendment Win for Local Geneva News Outlet
Cornell Clinic and Greenberg Traurig Team Up to Defend The Geneva Believer
Cornell Law School’s First Amendment Clinic and co-counsel Greenberg Traurig, LLP scored a victory last Thursday for citizen journalist Jim Meaney and his blog The Geneva Believer. A New York judge denied a construction company’s extraordinary request for a temporary restraining order requiring that ten articles be removed from the local government-focused blog.
In its decision, the trial court expressly affirmed that a take down order would violate the First Amendment.
“Fighting for the right of citizen journalist Jim Meaney to report on a matter of significant public concern—how a local government conducts its business dealings—is the most recent example of the crucial work that our Local Journalism Project is doing to defend local newsgatherers,” said First Amendment Clinic Director Mark Jackson. “Rulings like this one benefit all reporters by protecting them from efforts to stifle speech at the heart of the First Amendment’s protections.”
Mr. Meaney was represented by Cornell Clinic Associate Director Cortelyou Kenney, Jackson, and teaching fellow Tyler Valeska, along with co-counsel Michael Grygiel of Greenberg Traurig. Cornell Clinic student members Corby Burger, Michael Mapp, and Rob Ward also contributed to the successful opposition to the TRO.
The Geneva Believer covers local government issues in Geneva, New York. In several articles, Mr. Meaney raised questions about construction contracts that Massa Construction Inc. had with the City of Geneva, including potential conflicts of interest of certain City Council members. After Mr. Meaney received a cease-and-desist letter from Massa accusing him of defaming the company, he reached out to the Cornell Clinic for help. Before the Clinic could even respond, Massa filed a defamation complaint against Meaney in state court.
When the Clinic and Grygiel requested Massa withdraw the suit on the bases of defective pleading and New York’s anti-SLAPP protections, Massa filed an amended complaint and a motion for a temporary restraining order.
“The trial court’s decision reaffirms longstanding Supreme Court precedent recognizing that orders such as the one requested by Massa are a classic example of an unconstitutional prior restraint,” said Grygiel. “Unless the case is voluntarily dismissed, we will be filing a motion to dismiss the complaint in the coming weeks. New York’s anti-SLAPP law protects people like Mr. Meaney from the chilling effect of suits brought to restrict or censor their reporting and commentary.” Grygiel co-chairs Greenberg’s National Media and Entertainment Litigation Group.
Massa has filed a notice of appeal of the trial court’s decision to the Appellate Division.
The Cornell First Amendment Clinic is engaged in a variety of cases and projects advancing the interests of free speech and freedom of the press. Its recently launched Local Journalism Project addresses the increasing void in legal representation facing newsgatherers and media outlets that would otherwise be precluded from engaging in expensive litigation to defend their rights and ability to do their jobs. The Clinic’s work extends across disciplines, impacting journalists, researchers, human rights advocates, political advocates, and other individuals targeted based on their expression.
To view a copy of the full brief filed on behalf of Mr. Meaney in March 2020, click here.
March 27, 2020
News Media Alliance Summary of Small Business Loans to Help Struggling Newspapers
Click here for a summary of the CARES Act (or stimulus 3) to identify available funding and implications for news publishers that will result from the legislation, which has just been passed by the House and signed by the President.
For practical purposes, for those interested in SBA funding, the latest SBA-approved lenders are listed at this link (https://www.sba.gov/content/lender-list-april-2018). This list will grow significantly now that increased discretion is provided to expand those who qualify as lenders.
March 20, 2020
COVID-19 Safety Practices in the Newspaper Industry
Newspapers throughout the state have shared the steps they are taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to gather accurate and necessary information to provide to their readers, and to connect readers with their communities. While many employees can work remotely, some staff must use computer networks that contain sensitive information, such as personnel records and credit card numbers, which are not accessible off-site.
This is a compilation of ways in which newspapers are working to keep staff, contract workers and readers as safe as possible. The steps at each location may vary.
Newsgathering and General Office Practices:
Printing and Distribution:
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