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Can local news be saved by going behind a paywall? We might not have long to find out, says Graham Smith

Can local news be saved by going behind a paywall? We might not have long to find out, says Graham Smith

We invited Graham Smith, ex Wadebridge and Padstow reporter for Trinity Mirror’s Cornish Guardian to share his views on his new pay-wall model for local news publication Cornwall Reports. “I launched the Cornwall Reports local news website just before Christmas, aiming to provide a comprehensive service without adverts, surveys […]
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Here’s How to Run Focus Groups in Your Local News Community

Here’s How to Run Focus Groups in Your Local News Community

Editor’s Note: We recently published a guide to running focus groups for local newsrooms who want to understand their community’s information needs. The guide is full of practical tips, from what questions to write, to how to recruit people, to how to analyze the results. The guide also includes […]
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How to find and support independent community news in 2017

How to find and support independent community news in 2017

2016 was a remarkable year for those of us working in the media. Newspaper sales continued to lurch while online traffic figures grew steadily. Sixteen local newspapers closed, (not including quite a few hyperlocals that published their final headlines) bringing the total up to 198 closures since 2005. And […]
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Local news gets interesting

Local news gets interesting

Journalism, we’ve got a problem. We have a huge blind spot in coverage of much of the United States, something that became glaringly obvious with the surprise many felt in Donald Trump’s presidential election win. There are millions of people who are profoundly shaken by our increasingly globalized world. […]
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What do we mean when we talk about hyperlocal?

What do we mean when we talk about hyperlocal?

At the Centre for Community Journalism, we regularly get asked: what is a hyperlocal? And what is hyperlocal news? As the only organisation in the UK actively and exclusively working to support the sector, we thought we should define exactly what it is we’re supporting, and why. Background The […]
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Local journalism will fight a new fight

Local journalism will fight a new fight

For years, local and regional news outlets have been assaulted from all sides. Our costly investigations and shoe-leather reporting are summarized into clicky headlines and shared wildly by profitable aggregators. Advertisers are leaving in droves for Google and Facebook. And every year, it seems we have fewer journalists left […]
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A Journalism Collaboration Lifts Up the Voices of New Brunswick’s Working Poor

A Journalism Collaboration Lifts Up the Voices of New Brunswick’s Working Poor

Editor’s Note: A little over two years ago, Democracy Fund and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation invested in a new project that wanted to bridge the gap between journalists and their communities. Free Press’ News Voices project promised to draw on the tools of community organizers — deep listening, […]
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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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ONE SECTOR, ONE VOICE: a representative network for the community news sector

ONE SECTOR, ONE VOICE: a representative network for the community news sector

Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ) was set up in 2013 with one goal in mind: to encourage and promote the dissemination of quality news and to help create more jobs in journalism at the hyperlocal level. It’s been a very interesting and eye-opening four years and we’ve […]
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