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o become a journalist, Rajaa Elidrissi knew she would need a strategy. Growing up in a low-income household in Elmhurst, Queens, she started collecting clips at age 13. “I went to a high school that was not a high-ranking high school, and I was pretty aware that it was […]
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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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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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How can local independent news orgs build successful membership programs?

“Don’t substitute the word ‘interest’ for ‘value.’ People might be interested in a car crash, but don’t value it enough to pay for it.” Would free pizzas offered by a local pizza restaurant entice you to subscribe to your hyperlocal online news source? That’s one approach Covering Katy , […]
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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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Google’s pledges $300m to support quality journalism

Publishers have criticised Google for using snippets of their articles on its search engine without permission Google is to encourage users to sign up for digital news and magazine subscriptions as it responds to criticism from the publishing industry that it drains money from quality journalism. The company yesterday […]
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Torstar launches major national expansion

Invests in local newsrooms, introduces StarMetro TORONTO, April 2, 2018 /CNW/ – Torstar Corporation announced today it is launching a major national expansion with a reinvention of its Metro urban commuter newspapers and more robust digital offerings in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax and nationally. The move represents a […]
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What strategies work best for increasing trust in local newsrooms? Trusting News has some ideas

“It’s not so much about gaming Facebook’s algorithm or working with the Facebook changes as much as it is taking advantage of Facebook as a truly social platform.” After six months of investigating thousands of disciplinary cases in dozens of police departments around Cincinnati, Scripps TV station WCPO was […]
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Canada pledges $50 million to local journalism. Will it help?

The Canadian government has pledged to create a $50 million fund to support local journalism in Canada over the next five years. But the money (which amounts to $39 million US), while welcome in an industry that is badly struggling, may also be too little, too late to make […]
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