Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

Recent Posts

Why the Gannett-Gatehouse Merger Will Speed The Demise Of Local News

GateHose Media announced an agreement to acquire Gannett Co. Inc, which would create the largest local news publishing organization in the U.S. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Getty Two stories involving the news media broke this week. One received much more attention than it deserved–an awkward New York Times […]
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Green Wood Coalition reaches out, but also searching for answers to opioid crisis

We have certainly talked to many different people over the past few weeks about Opioids in Northumberland. We have heard from a doctor, a mental health worker, law enforcement, two recovering addicts, and a politician. Their perspectives are provoking, the stories are compelling, and at times heartbreaking. But all have spoken their truth. And, we were given incredible insights into what is happening in the community around opioids from those with first-hand knowledge. Continue Reading →

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Daily honours hyperlocal news website founder for digital journalism work

A regional daily has honoured the founder of a hyperlocal news website on its patch for his work in digital journalism. The Yorkshire Evening Post ’s annual prize for local digital journalism excellence has been given to Luke Hudson, pictured, who created a site called Aireborough News. The prize, […]
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Why the “golden age” of newspapers was the exception, not the rule

“In our ‘news’ today we can see the tattler, the party pamphlet, the recondite journal of opinion, the yellow rag, the journal of commerce, the sob sister, the literary journal, and the progressive muckraker.” Journalists pride themselves on knowing their history when it comes to politics and economics, but […]
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Quebec forks out $5M in aid as major newspaper chain seeks bankruptcy protection Social Sharing

The Quebec government says it will invest $5 million in a French-language newspaper chain that sought bankruptcy protection Monday. Le Groupe Capitales Médias owns daily newspapers in some of Quebec’s largest markets, including Quebec City’s Le Soleil, Le Droit of Gatineau-Ottawa and Trois-Rivières’s Le Nouvelliste. The newspaper chain was founded by former federal Liberal cabinet minister Martin Cauchon. Its financial difficulties had been widely known for several weeks.  

 

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How KPCC and LAist adapted the public radio fundraising strategy for a digitally native audience

This is a series on Better News to a) showcase innovative/experimental ideas that emerge from the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative and b) to share replicable tactics that benefit the news industry as a whole. This “win” comes from Danny Sway , digital fundraising manager for KPCC and LAist . KPCC […]
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NewsLocal launches hyperlocal digital platform The Newcastle News

Welcome to The Newcastle News — a new community website that keeps you in touch with everything that matters most to you. The Newcastle News will deliver compelling news from Port Stephens in the north, Lake Macquarie in the south and throughout the beautiful Hunter Valley region. Signing up […]
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Caring in a crisis – hospital emergency and mental health leaders on opioids in Northumberland

 

So far in the series on Opioids in Northumberland, we have heard from law enforcement and the role they play on the front lines. Today, we are about to hear more from those in the field dealing with this issue directly. It would be hard to imagine anyone who sees the impact more than doctors and addiction counsellors. They experience first-hand the horrific consequences of opioid overdoses and addictions. And, while there may be some who they can pull back from the edge, there are also those who do not make it. Continue Reading →

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Two former addicts share stories of path to recovery from opioid and drug addiction

It is one thing to hear from officials about opioids in Northumberland County. But it is quite another to hear from people who have walked through the darkness of opioid addiction. Today, my guests have undertaken that journey and continue to walk the path towards recovery and a life without drugs. Now, before you start creating an image in your mind about these people, they are not stereotypical. In fact, one is a prominent politician and the other a new Canadian. Continue Reading →

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