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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