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The Seattle Times is making it everyone’s job to grow digital subscribers

Innovation Photo by Kristen Hare/Poynter One Monday last June, a few teams at The Seattle Times got together to sift through about 30 ideas they’d collected from the newsroom for a hack week. In an off-white conference room with exposed ductwork and windows looking out on Seattle’s Denny Way, […]
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Can the CBC become a local broadcaster again?

In the last half-century, waves of budget cuts and consolidations have transformed the CBC into a primarily national broadcaster. Regional directors have relatively smaller budgets and less control over them. Most stand-alone, regionally produced documentary and variety shows have disappeared. — When I was a boy growing up in […]
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As Canadian stations expand local news, experts wonder how successful it will be

TORONTO — A year after Canada’s broadcast regulator demanded that English-language TV stations devote more time to local news, some networks are now doing just that. Bell Media recently announced it’s adding 5 p.m. newscasts to all its local CTV stations, and Rogers is expanding its local newscast format […]
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Wyoming regional media nonprofit WyoFile has been diving deep into local news for almost ten years

“Wyoming is a microcosm of a lot of what is happening in America today. It represents a subset of American society that I think we’ve learned you can only ignore at your own risk.” As the saying goes in Wyoming, the state is “a small town with very long […]
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Radical model could be key to creating new community newspapers across Canada

By Nick Fillmore News outlets in Canadian communities are falling like bowling pins. At least 171 media organizations in 138 communities closed between 2008 and this January, according to the Local News Research Project , a project led by Ryerson School of Journalism. By comparison, only 51 new outlets […]
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The fight for local news can bring journalists and communities closer together

When E.W. Scripps closed the Rocky Mountain News in February of 2009, Kimberly Humphreys wasn’t going to take it lying down. Then an editor at the daily paper, which still had 200,000 paying subscribers, Humphreys launched a public awareness campaign called IWantMyRocky.com. “One thing I have realized,” Humphreys told […]
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How Digital News Startups Choose Between For-Profit and Non-Profit Status

Chris Groskopf and Tasneem Raja (Photo by Jamie Maldonado) Last spring, when Tasneem Raja and her husband, Chris Groskopf, launched a hyper-local digital magazine in Tyler, Texas, they were more newsroom colleagues than business partners. The longtime journalists spent the first six months filling The Tyler Loop with data […]
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Why do reporters take the risk to start a media business? These answers might surprise you.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Why do reporters take the risk to start a media business? These answers might surprise you. The business models for journalism startups are not all that complicated after all: Here’s why dozens of reporters got started on their own enterprise. After more than […]
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A Guide to Journalists Thinking about Starting an Individual Media Company.

One of the emerging media trends is that many journalists are thinking about starting their own individual media companies, to create their own channels and get monetized directly. I see this more and more on Twitter. Here, for instance, is just one of many examples… Rossalyn Warren is a […]
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