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LOCAL NEWS IS FOREVER CHANGED, AND THAT’S OKAY, SAY RESEARCHERS

LOCAL NEWS IS FOREVER CHANGED, AND THAT’S OKAY, SAY RESEARCHERS

Staff reporter April Lindgren, Colette Brin, Damian Radcliffe and Michelle Ferrier on a panel discussion about the impact of local news June 3. (Photo credit: Angela Long) Local news is important, but it is far from perfect, says the lead researcher for the U.S. Media Deserts Project . Speaking […]
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Andrew Coyne: Why the media should say no to a government bailout

Andrew Coyne: Why the media should say no to a government bailout

We must assume a media bailout is going to happen. The industry wants to be helped, and the government wants to be seen helping it, Andrew Coyne writes. Maybe you saw those stories on Thursday about the Commons Canadian Heritage committee proposing a tax on Internet providers, the proceeds […]
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What a hyperlocal investigative powerhouse looks like

What a hyperlocal investigative powerhouse looks like

SINCE JEFF EGBERT STARTED PUBLISHING the Pinckneyville Press eight years ago, the southern Illinois weekly has exposed a police coverup involving a mayor’s son, discovered high school teachers hauling off air conditioners and desks that were intended for public auction, and caught an employee from the county assessor’s office […]
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[Report] Life at Small-Market Newspapers: Results from a Survey of Small Market Newsrooms

[Report] Life at Small-Market Newspapers: Results from a Survey of Small Market Newsrooms

The observations in this paper – published by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University – are based on the results of an online survey conducted between Monday, November 14 and Sunday, December 4, 2016. Survey respondents identified a number of key challenges – and opportunities – […]
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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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Why being a hyperlocal journalist is giving me an identity crisis…

Why being a hyperlocal journalist is giving me an identity crisis…

…and is making me want to do a PhD about it. Do old school perceptions of journalism really reflect who the producers are in the modern media landscape? The public persona suggests I’ve been clean for eight years. That’s right, eight years without the cold sweats, the constant pressure […]
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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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