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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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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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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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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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