Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

Recent Posts

TAPinto Franchised Local News Network Breaks 7M Readers, 23.7M Pageviews

Linden, NJ – TAPinto.net , a network of more than 70 online hyperlocal news sites in New Jersey and New York, broke 7 million readers and 23.7 million pageviews during the last year. From Jan. 8, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018, TAPinto registered 7,025,372 readers and 23,792,903 pageviews, up […]
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BEN’S BITS: New Year; new time

Mayor opened the meeting and said, “Welcome to the first meeting of a new year. And at the time of 4 p.m., hopefully, this will be beneficial to all maybe we can get away from long night meetings! Deputy Mayor John Henderson introduced a Notice of Motion – wants to set up an ad hoc committee to study council pay. The last time this happened was when Deputy Mayor Bob Spooner appointed his pals from the Dutch Oven breakfast club to do the same. Never happened; too much public opposition. Continue Reading →

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New contributor to Consider This, welcoming former blogger Ben Burd

It is wonderful to announce Ben Burd agreed to come out of retirement to contribute some items from Cobourg council meetings. The Burd Report was the first blog in Cobourg to address local news and issues, but the site was recently retired. Ben, a former Cobourg councillor, NDP candidate and local activist, expressed an interest in providing notes on meetings from his winter home in Mexico to help fill any gaps in local news coverage. His pieces will fall under the title, Ben’s Bits. This is part of Consider This initiative to provide a platform for local news from alternative sources. Continue Reading →

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Rural Alnwick Haldimand meets challenges with strategic plan, says mayor

Alnwick Haldimand Township Mayor John Logel describes the challenges facing his rural municipality; where there are no major urban centres, a major swath of environmentally sensitive lands and limited commercial development opportunities exist. Listen to hear how the council keeps the township on track with its strategic plan. Roads, budgets along with the parks and recreation master plan are all topics also covered during Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Protocols for extreme cold to protect homeless being proposed in Cobourg

Cobourg council is expected to introduce protocols Monday to deal with homeless people facing extreme cold, a top bureaucrat said Friday. Chief Administrative Officer Stephen Peacock said he is taking a request to the general government committee to create a policy to provide assistance for homeless people during times of frigid temperatures similar to those experienced since the new year. It will be up to Deputy Mayor John Henderson to make a recommendation that staff draft a procedure similar to those in other municipalities to respond when particular conditions exist threatening extreme cold in the winter. “It makes sense to have something we can use,” he said. Currently, the Town designates six places as warming and cooling centres during extreme weather, but there are no specific rules. Continue Reading →

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Show your work: The new terms for trust in journalism

Show your work: The new terms for trust in journalism

It’s been eight years since the internet philosopher David Weinberger wrote , “Transparency is the new objectivity.” It’s been 16 years since Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel said , in their great book The Elements of Journalism , “The willingness of the journalist to be transparent about what he […]
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County responding to homelessness in extreme cold, says top official

Northumberland County Chief Administrative Officer Jennifer Moore talks about its response to the homeless facing the extreme cold while the only temporary accommodation agency is closed, as well as the implications of the draft 2018 budget on services during Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Regular local voting, community attachment strongly linked to news habits

1. Regular local voting, community attachment strongly linked to news habits

Civic Engagement Strongly Tied to Local News Habits Overall, those most engaged in civic life tend to also be the most tapped into local news, but an examination of five aspects of civic life and their relationships to three areas of local news habits finds that attachment to one’s […]
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Homeless face extreme cold with few alternatives at night

As some of this winter’s coldest nights have taken place in West Northumberland over the past week, the only refuge for homeless people is the Cobourg Police Station’s warming centre, according to a public health nurse for the region. Kristina Nairn, the social determinants of health nurse for the Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit in Port Hope, said the closure of the Transition House in Cobourg had left a hole in the local system to help homeless people during the extreme cold, especially at night. Some warming centres are open during the daytime across the region, giving homeless people a place where they can go to find shelter from the frigid temperatures. West Northumberland was under an extreme cold alert on Jan. 4 with temperatures plunging to -35 degrees. Continue Reading →

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How reader funding is helping save independent media across the world

How reader funding is helping save independent media across the world

After the Guardian wrote three weeks ago about the collapse of independent media all around the world , it quickly became apparent that was only half the story. Press freedom is at its lowest ebb this century. Authoritarian rulers and an economic rout have combined to drive hundreds of […]
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