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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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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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Opinion: Trust me. Journalists deserve our support

Bridgitte Anderson is GM of Edelman Vancouver, a global communications marketing agency. She previously worked as a local and national news anchor at CTV and BNN. The most recent round of newsroom cuts at a national broadcaster come at a time when journalists, long known as defenders of democracy […]
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Turning newspapers into charities: A new model for the future?

There are many issues Canadian media organizations need to consider before seeking charitable status. It’s no secret that Canadian newspapers are struggling. Some would say they are dying, the victims of a broken business model—done in by the internet. People in the newspaper industry are looking for a fix, […]
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ProPublica Local Reporting Network Selects Seven Newsrooms Across U.S.

ProPublica today named the seven newsrooms and local reporters that will participate in the inaugural ProPublica Local Reporting Network. The yearlong initiative, which kicks off in January, was created to support investigative journalism at local and regional news organizations, particularly in cities with populations below 1 million. ProPublica will […]
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The good news about trust in the media

There is some good news about the bad news about global trust in journalism: In Canada, trust in journalists has risen significantly, as has trust in traditional media overall. According to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer released this week, 61 per cent of Canadians trust journalism – defined as […]
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Canadians’ trust in media increases despite era of ‘fake news,’ global survey finds

Trump supporters hold signs as his motorcade leaves Trump International Golf Course to Mar-a Lago in West Palm Beach on Jan. 14. The president has routinely used the term “fake news” to discredit and underdermine opponents. Though Canada is counted among “distrusting” nations for the second year in a […]
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How do you support your local newspaper when its owners are destroying it?

How do you support your local newspaper when its owners are destroying it? “Subscribe to a local newspaper, even if you aren’t going to read it.” Because you’ll be helping rescue democracy. A variation of this statement has been made a lot lately, when major national stories highlight the […]
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Local online news orgs provided crucial accountability journalism in 2017

Local independent online news publishers produced a steady stream of significant accountability journalism in 2017, from major investigations that had immediate impact on public policy, to deeply reported ongoing coverage of local government, business and public health issues. LION Publishers has nearly 200 members who run local news organizations […]
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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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