Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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7 shocking local news industry trends which should terrify you.

7 shocking local news industry trends which should terrify you.

7 shocking local news industry trends which should terrify you. The withdrawal of established journalism from Welsh communities and its effects on public interest reporting. Dr Andy Williams, School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University In the first of two essays about local news in Wales, I […]
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How digital upstart Charlotte Agenda makes local news profitable

How digital upstart Charlotte Agenda makes local news profitable

Local publishers have to juggle a lot to stay in business. Charlotte Agenda, which covers Charlotte, North Carolina, has become profitable since it launched just over two years ago. It got there by diversifying its revenue sources, building deep relationships with its local advertisers and building as big a […]
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Postmedia’s death will be a catastrophe — and nobody knows what to do about it

Postmedia's death will be a catastrophe — and nobody knows what to do about it

There’s a civic disaster brewing in Canada with its news industry. The public doesn’t understand it. Policy makers dare not speak its name. Many close observers think it is quite likely Postmedia will go into bankruptcy, or some kind of bankruptcy protection, within the next year — if not […]
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Newspaper publishers ask Ottawa for $350 million a year to save print journalism

Newspaper publishers ask Ottawa for $350 million a year to save print journalism

Aaron Lynett/National Post files Newspaper publishers, crippled by the digital content revolution that is destroying their business model, have banded together to ask Ottawa to create a $350-million fund to aid the print and online media industry. The Canadian Journalism Fund would reimburse newspaper and web-based journalism providers 35 […]
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Port Hope council defers vegetation policy

PORT HOPE – A proposal to control vegetation alongside roads in Port Hope was deferred by council Tuesday, following a public outcry. The Roadside Vegetation Control Levels of Service policy sets standards and maintenance for plants, bushes and trees addresses public safety concerns related to visibility of signs and […]
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