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In New Haven, a low-power FM experiment seeks local conversation — and financial sustainability

WNHH, debuting next week, aims to extend the community journalism of the New Haven Independent to the airwaves — and to reflect the city it’s in. John Dankosky stood before the 20 or so fledgling radio hosts who had crowded into the New Haven offices of La Voz Hispana […]
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Can civility save journalism? 5 good questions with researcher Ashley Muddiman

Contentious stories and clickbait headlines are more than just annoying. They’re a barrier to a civil discussion of facts, they tend to increase partisanship, and they can impact the level of trust in media and other institutions. But are “civil” stories that focus on solutions interesting enough to attract […]
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15 ways funders, J-Schools and researchers can better support local journalism

15 ways funders, J-Schools and researchers can better support local journalism Image via CJR The story of local journalism in the United States tends to get overlooked in a narrative dominated by larger players. But, small-market publications represent a major cohort that we know very little about — and […]
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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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Taking heart from top-down efforts to bolster local journalism

Taking heart from top-down efforts to bolster local journalism

DEBATES THIS YEAR over a succession of health-care bills led media outlets from the coasts and Washington, DC, into “Trump country .” Here’s a snapshot from Kentucky, where I work : Politico went to Salyersville to scrutinize the complications of a Medicaid work requirement. The New York Times parachuted […]
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Audience Engagement: Now Essential For Journalists (And Politicians)

Audience Engagement: Now Essential For Journalists (And Politicians)

“Political campaigns have developed remarkable skills and technologies to circumvent the media when engaging with potential voters.” Journalists no longer just inform their audiences. They engage with their users. As a result, media outlets are pouring more resources into building the infrastructure for interaction. Audience engagement has become a […]
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Harvard Experiment Finds Large Effects From Small News Outlets

Harvard Experiment Finds Large Effects From Small News Outlets

Examples of stories published during an experiment by researchers at Harvard University. Even small publishers have a large effect on the national discourse, according to a new paper published in Science on the effects of news. “Exposure to the news media,” the study states, “causes Americans to take public […]
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Local audiences consuming news on social platforms are hungry for transparency

Local audiences consuming news on social platforms are hungry for transparency

Executive Summary As more and more people get at least some of their news from social platforms, this study showcases perspectives on what the increasingly distributed environment looks like in day-to-day media lives. Drawing from thirteen focus groups conducted in four cities across the United States, we sample voices […]
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Small-market newspapers in the digital age

Small-market newspapers in the digital age

Too often we tend to hear one single narrative about the state of newspapers in the United States. The newspaper industry is not one sector. While there are considerable variances between the myriad of outlets—whether national titles, major metros, dailies in large towns, alt weeklies, publications in rural communities, […]
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The decline of local news is a problem for everyone

The decline of local news is a problem for everyone

flipboard.com On Nov. 2, DNAInfo , Gothamist , and four sister news websites in other American cities were shut down. Prior, these sites provided hyperlocal news coverage of their respective cities, including New York and Chicago. Their websites now display an ominous message by owner Joe Ricketts, citing profitability […]
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