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Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers

A critical year looms ahead for Canada’s beleaguered newspaper industry. As 2018 dawns, it’s clear that Canada’s news media are in danger of lurching into the abyss unless Ottawa takes action soon. Enforcing our country’s anti-trust laws to stop the corporate consolidation and cutbacks in local news coverage would […]
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15 ways funders, J-Schools and researchers can better support local journalism

15 ways funders, J-Schools and researchers can better support local journalism Image via CJR The story of local journalism in the United States tends to get overlooked in a narrative dominated by larger players. But, small-market publications represent a major cohort that we know very little about — and […]
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Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. —— Author: Marc Edge, Professor of Media and Communication, University Canada West As 2018 dawns, it’s clear that Canada’s news […]
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Taking heart from top-down efforts to bolster local journalism

Taking heart from top-down efforts to bolster local journalism

DEBATES THIS YEAR over a succession of health-care bills led media outlets from the coasts and Washington, DC, into “Trump country .” Here’s a snapshot from Kentucky, where I work : Politico went to Salyersville to scrutinize the complications of a Medicaid work requirement. The New York Times parachuted […]
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Local audiences consuming news on social platforms are hungry for transparency

Local audiences consuming news on social platforms are hungry for transparency

Executive Summary As more and more people get at least some of their news from social platforms, this study showcases perspectives on what the increasingly distributed environment looks like in day-to-day media lives. Drawing from thirteen focus groups conducted in four cities across the United States, we sample voices […]
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Small-market newspapers in the digital age

Small-market newspapers in the digital age

Too often we tend to hear one single narrative about the state of newspapers in the United States. The newspaper industry is not one sector. While there are considerable variances between the myriad of outlets—whether national titles, major metros, dailies in large towns, alt weeklies, publications in rural communities, […]
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Report: For local newspapers to survive, they need to stop telling everyone they’re dying

Report: For local newspapers to survive, they need to stop telling everyone they're dying

Innovation Photo by Travis Nep Smith via Flickr A new study from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism looks in-depth at small newspapers, what’s working, what’s not and what needs to change. “Local News in a Digital World: Small-Market Newspapers in the Digital Age,” was published Wednesday and it […]
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Report: For local newspapers to survive, they need to stop telling everyone they’re dying

Report: For local newspapers to survive, they need to stop telling everyone they're dying

Innovation Photo by Travis Nep Smith via Flickr A new study from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism looks in-depth at small newspapers, what’s working, what’s not and what needs to change. “Local News in a Digital World: Small-Market Newspapers in the Digital Age,” was published Wednesday and it […]
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Top 8 Trends in Local Journalism

Top 8 Trends in Local Journalism

Local journalism — like the wider news media — has been massively disrupted by the advent of new digital technologies and behaviors. This has unlocked a wider range of information and entertainment sources for audiences, created new spaces and opportunities for advertisers, and resulted in layoffs and the shuttering […]
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Top 3 Reasons Local Journalism Remains Important- #3

Top 3 Reasons Local Journalism Remains Important- #3

Journalists interviewed for the Agora report consistently articulated that, despite the pressures and uncertainties their sector faces, core journalistic values and purposes still matter and positively influence the work they do. Interviewees identified three key reasons local journalism remains important in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Previously I talked […]
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