Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

Recent Posts

What kind of information — not just content — do you need as a news consumer?

Pulse, a project launched by Sarah Alvarez and Andrew Haeg, aims to help news organizations text their communities to find out. For all the questions journalists ask, sometimes one of the most important ones can get lost in the shuffle: What do you, as a reader/​listener/​viewer/​news absorber, need ? […]
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The future of local news is one bound with our own

The future of local news is sobering but not without some measure of hope. By illuminating both the values and challenges besetting local journalism, we can reimagine a new day for local news. In 2016, the world witnessed a dramatic political shift as Brexit in the United Kingdom, followed […]
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How Newsrooms are Making (Some) Money That’s Not from Advertising: Lessons from Local, Part 2

The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Guardian have successfully shifted their business models from ads to subscriptions. So it’s possible, but not easy. We’ll show what’s working for local newsrooms. Enroll in Training Package and Save These five, half-hour webinars are available individually, at $19.95 each […]
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The future of local news is one bound with our own

The future of local news is sobering but not without some measure of hope. By illuminating both the values and challenges besetting local journalism, we can reimagine a new day for local news. In 2016, the world witnessed a dramatic political shift as Brexit in the United Kingdom, followed […]
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Water in a news desert: New Jersey is spending $5 million to fund innovation in local news

The dollar amount isn’t huge, and it will barely put a dent in the crisis of local news. But it’s also an official statement that communities’ information voids are a problem worthy of government attention. Compared to its peers, the United States is notoriously stingy when it comes to […]
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Digital subscriptions key to sustaining local journalism

Buy Photo I see a lot in our comment sections — applause, back-and-forth conversation, name-calling and gripes. I’ve come to know the regulars, from those who lighten the mood or poke fun at us, to the more serious and concerned citizens. We recently made stories we share on our […]
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Affordable housing strategy consultations critical, says county housing manager

 

Northumberland County Community and Social Services Director Lisa Horne and Housing Services Manager Rebecca Carman outline the current status on the Affordable Housing Strategy, including the recent consultations and homeless survey. They also discuss the current situation with the displaced Port Hope residents who were left homeless after an apartment fire, as well as the requests for proposals for a new emergency shelter for the county. All this and more on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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How can small newsrooms do big work? Like this.

Storytelling Screenshot, The Hawk Eye This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here . The conversation so far It’s week two in our conversation about how local journalists can […]
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