Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

Recent Posts

Local Fix: A Rural Journalism Lab, An Entrepreneurial Spirit, A Model for Impact

Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. But first, we always begin with one good idea… One Good Idea: Pick a Pitch How do you ask your community for support? Public broadcasting […]
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How a local paper built a tool to measure impact

Anjanette Delgado, digital director of The Journal News, lohud.com and the Poughkeepsie Journal, with the newest version of her Impact Tracker. Photo by Karen K. Ho How do you measure impact? Many publishers are looking to outside sources for funding through foundations, investors, and subscriptions. In addition to analyzing […]
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How we’re measuring the success of Trusting News strategies

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is using buttons to directly ask for feedback on trust-building strategies. How we’re measuring the success of Trusting News strategies “These are cool ideas, Joy, but how do you know if they’re actually building trust?” I get some version of that question in […]
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How WhereBy.Us Will Track Impact of Local Media

Courtesy of The Evergrey In December, Alexandra Smith joined WhereBy.Us as its first growth editor. The growing company, which uses the slogan, “Live like you live here,” and has 24 employees, currently runs local media sites in Miami and Seattle as well as a creative studio. And it just […]
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Rebuilding Local Journalism as an Essential Democratic Force

A reporter takes a video of himself as attendees wait in line before the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ahead of a July campaign rally in Cincinnati John Minchillo/AP Photo Many post-election observers have lambasted the national news media, the so-called coastal media elites, for missing the […]
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The Denver Post’s rebellion and ‘a crisis in American journalism’

“The biggest crisis in journalism is not Donald Trump’s attacks on The Washington Post and The New York Times ,” Times Editor Dean Baquet said Sunday on CNN. Rather, he argues, it’s “the decline of local newspapers.” Nowhere is that crisis more apparent than in Denver, where the city’s […]
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Torstar hiring 20 reporters as it rebrands, revamps Metro newspapers

Torstar CEO John Boynton says the initiative represents a major investment in journalism for Torstar outside of its Toronto headquarters. Torstar Corp. says it is hiring 20 new reporters in Western Canada and will rebrand and upgrade the digital offerings of its five free daily Metro urban newspapers across […]
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Local Fix: A Rural Journalism Lab, An Entrepreneurial Spirit, A Model for Impact

Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. But first, we always begin with one good idea… One Good Idea: Pick a Pitch How do you ask your community for support? Public broadcasting […]
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