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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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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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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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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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15 ways funders, J-Schools and researchers can better support local journalism

15 ways funders, J-Schools and researchers can better support local journalism Image via CJR The story of local journalism in the United States tends to get overlooked in a narrative dominated by larger players. But, small-market publications represent a major cohort that we know very little about — and […]
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Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. —— Author: Marc Edge, Professor of Media and Communication, University Canada West As 2018 dawns, it’s clear that Canada’s news […]
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Taking heart from top-down efforts to bolster local journalism

Taking heart from top-down efforts to bolster local journalism

DEBATES THIS YEAR over a succession of health-care bills led media outlets from the coasts and Washington, DC, into “Trump country .” Here’s a snapshot from Kentucky, where I work : Politico went to Salyersville to scrutinize the complications of a Medicaid work requirement. The New York Times parachuted […]
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Local audiences consuming news on social platforms are hungry for transparency

Local audiences consuming news on social platforms are hungry for transparency

Executive Summary As more and more people get at least some of their news from social platforms, this study showcases perspectives on what the increasingly distributed environment looks like in day-to-day media lives. Drawing from thirteen focus groups conducted in four cities across the United States, we sample voices […]
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