Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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For many rural residents in U.S., local news media mostly don’t cover the area where they live

(Mario Tama/Getty Images) Americans in urban communities are more likely to say local news media mostly cover the area where they live, while rural residents say that their local news media mostly cover another area, such as a nearby city, according to a new Pew Research Center survey . […]
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Canadian Storytelling needs your support Help Save Local News today and contact your MP Please fill in automated letter to your MP at bottom after this explanation Local news is critical to our everyday life. It’s how we learn what’s happening in our community from local politics to new […]
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When local newspapers shrink, fewer people bother to run for mayor

“In a well-functioning system, citizens need to be actively engaged in their government and aware of decisions made by their elected representatives. Newspapers are a means of citizen engagement, and this study provides evidence of the importance of this link.” What do strong local newspapers do? Well, past research […]
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ProPublica Is Again Expanding Its Local Reporting Network. Apply for a Spot.

ProPublica is once again expanding its Local Reporting Network , part of its growing effort to help local journalists pursue meaningful accountability stories in their communities. We are now accepting applications for six more news organizations to do investigative projects as part of our network. The group will begin […]
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How will local journalism survive, asks panel of leading editors

Dean Baquet of the New York Times, Mark Lorando of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Mindy Marqués Gonzalez of the Miami Herald and Norman Pearlstine of the Los Angeles Times at the ‘Cities for Tomrrow’ conference in New Orleans on Dec. 7, 2018. The three executive editors on stage at […]
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Slides and Audio from my talk on local newspapers at newsrewired last month

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak at the 22nd newsrewired conference hosted at Reuters last month, where I spoke about the research I have undertaken over the past couple of years on the state of local newspapers – and local media – in the US. The […]
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Constructive journalism helps communities find solutions to local problems

Copyright: Jerome Whittingham From #MeToo grants to crowdfunding successes, solutions journalism is a hot topic at the moment. Now, one East Yorkshire-based news publisher is the latest to step into the ring to provide positive, solutions-orientated stories with a local twist. Constructive journalism project Hull Is This launched in […]
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Do oil and paper mix on B.C.’s northwest coast?

When the island paper was sold to Black Press Media, Haida Gwaii residents began to re-evaluate their relationship to local news This series was funded by readers like you through donations to the J-Source Patreon and FutureFunder at Carleton University. In the summer of 2018, Angela Long embarked on […]
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Hyperlocal network aims to recruit 200 journalists to tackle towns’ ‘identity crisis’

A hyperlocal news network is aiming to recruit up to 200 journalists in a bid to address an “identity crisis” in small towns across the UK. Karl Hancock, who spent 25 years working as a banker in the City of London, has founded news aggregation service Nub News which […]
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Combating local news poverty

Five ways to fight the decline of local news in your community It’s no secret that local news is at risk. “Ghost newspapers” are popping up around the country, with newsrooms so depleted that the remaining journalists cannot meet the critical needs of their communities. Thousands of traditional journalism […]
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