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In search of a local news solution

In search of a local news solution

For a very brief moment this spring, a few floors below the CJR offices, local journalism found itself back in the spotlight. There stood Pulitzer Prize Administrator Mike Pride, himself a product of a local newsroom ( Concord Monitor , circulation 20,000), behind a lectern in Columbia’s Pulitzer Hall […]
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Local News Journalism Conference: Understanding Local Journalism: An Overview

Local News Journalism Conference: Understanding Local Journalism: An Overview

**Event is free and open to both registrants and non-registrants**RCC 204, Rogers Communications CentreModerator: Jaigris Hodson, Royal Roads UniversityApril Lindgren, Ryerson UniversityThese are challenging times for local news media in Canada. Local broadcast and print newsrooms have been hit by cutbacks, consolidations and closures and many digital-first news sites […]
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Community radio upholds beauty, power of the small

Community radio upholds beauty, power of the small

In a small town in Minnesota, WTIP shares intimate stories of its community through a newly launched locally focused news department. The coverage includes oral histories, interviews with visitors to the community and reporting on the challenges that residents of small towns face. The stories are touching, funny, and […]
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The big journalism void: ‘The real crisis is not technological, it’s geographic’

The big journalism void: 'The real crisis is not technological, it’s geographic'

Twenty-four years ago, in the summer after my third year of college, I took a barely paid internship at the local newspaper in Missoula, Montana. I agreed to spend a few hours a week working at the paper in exchange for a couple hundred dollars over three months. To […]
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Why all your news now comes with a heap of condescension

Why all your news now comes with a heap of condescension

BEDFORD, Pa. — While efficiently running the elegant hotel dining room, Traci Smithmyer briefly glances at the stacks of newspapers available for patrons to look over as they take their table for breakfast. The petite brunette wrinkles her nose as she glances at the headlines from the Washington Post, […]
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Four Questions with Philip Napoli

Four Questions with Philip Napoli

Spotlight on Research How Healthy is the News Ecosystem in Your Community? Four Questions with Philip Napoli Philip Napoli, Professor, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and the profession on the emerging threat of news deserts […]
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Changing the conversation: Embracing ‘Local That Works’

Changing the conversation: Embracing ‘Local That Works’

Texas Standard host David Brown listens back to a show segment The weekday statewide newsmagazine is a collaborative effort among four producing stations. (Photo: KUT, Austin) host David Brown listens back to a show segment. The weekday statewide newsmagazine is a collaborative effort among four producing stations. (Photo: KUT, […]
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Local news is in the fight of its life. Here’s how we’re covering the story.

Local news is in the fight of its life. Here’s how we’re covering the story.

(Photo illustration by Tom Cawthon) During the last two decades, a series of tectonic shifts in the journalism business have jeopardized newsrooms across the United States. Erosion of print advertising. Disruption by tech giants like Google and Facebook. Financialization of the press. Vast news deserts have emerged where once […]
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Ten Ways to Build a New Canadian Media Ecosystem

Ten Ways to Build a New Canadian Media Ecosystem

It’s time for Canada to get serious about strengthening digital media enterprises that are trying to do things differently. [Editor’s note: This article was first published by Policy Options , as part of its special feature The Future of Canadian Journalism .] “Ailing,” “beleaguered” and “being murdered” — according […]
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Print is dead. Long live print.

Print is dead. Long live print.

Roger Fidler is a forefather of digital journalism. In the early 1980s, he wrote and illustrated an essay on the future of news. When Fidler presented his ideas around Knight Ridder, his co-workers sometimes laughed. “It was not quite like Roger had descended from another planet,” a colleague of […]
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