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Port Hope council defers vegetation policy

PORT HOPE – A proposal to control vegetation alongside roads in Port Hope was deferred by council Tuesday, following a public outcry. The Roadside Vegetation Control Levels of Service policy sets standards and maintenance for plants, bushes and trees addresses public safety concerns related to visibility of signs and […]
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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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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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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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How can community journalism avoid the trickle down effect of distrust?

How can community journalism avoid the trickle down effect of distrust?

In a somewhat distasteful, yet predictably demagogic performance at the CIA’s headquarters last month, newly-elected President Donald Trump pontificated about the media: “They are some of the most dishonest human beings on Earth…” No surprise really, given his declaration of war against the media. A few days later, his […]
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News Deserts Threaten Democracy

News Deserts Threaten Democracy

Newspaper circulation has been shrinking across the U.S. Fake news has received significant attention in the wake of the 2016 election. But to many in the news industry, it’s the continuing demise of real news organizations that raises bigger warning flags. “For newspapers, 2015 might as well have been […]
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If small newspapers are going to survive, they’ll have to be more than passive observers to the news

If small newspapers are going to survive, they’ll have to be more than passive observers to the news

Editor’s note : Damian Radcliffe and Christopher Ali are in the process of completing a report about U.S. newspapers with a circulation under 50,000 for Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism . The full study, “Local News in a Digital World,” will be published later this spring. This post […]
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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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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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