Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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Piccini explains local impact of massive financial aid plan from Ontario government

The Ontario government announced a record spending package to address the pandemic on March 26. Finance Minister Rod Phillips said Wednesday the province will spend an additional $17 billion to help stem the tide on the impact of COVID-19 on the health care system, the economy, and people. To help us understand the details of this financial package and its impact on Northumberland, I spoke to Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini online earlier this week. Just a warning, he was in an open room and you may hear some background noise and a dog bark. Originally aired March 27, 2020 Continue Reading →

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Trio aims to lead efforts to help those in need during COVID-19 crisis in Northumberland

Social media has exploded in its importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more people are turning to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay informed in a world where we are drowning in the overwhelming flood of information. A group of concerned Northumberland County residents is offering an alternative on social media for local residents. They are calling it a virtual neighbourhood. The page is called Caremongering Northumberland. Continue Reading →

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Chief Medical Officer for Northumberland gives extensive interview about Covid-19

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lynn Noseworthy provides timely, relevant information about Covid-19 and its impact on Northumberland County in this 50-minute interview. She addresses everything from a clear understanding of the virus to preventative measures. Most critically, she gives an outline of the steps people should take if they suspect they are infected and need help. For more information go to the health unit’s website. There will you find out more information about the number of cases of Covid-19, along with an accurate step-by-step if you think you are sick with the virus and other good resources. Continue Reading →

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Local Journalism Initiative

The Local Journalism Initiative supports the creation of original civic journalism that is relevant to the diverse needs of underserved communities across Canada, broadening availability and consumption of local and regional news on matters of civic governance. Launched by the Government of Canada in 2019, the Local Journalism Initiative […]
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HTFP at 20: Local news organisations must let go of the past

Over the past week we have taken a sometimes nostalgic look back at the first 20 years of HoldtheFrontPage and the stories and people we have written about over that time. But what of the next 20? What does the future have in store for journalists and for the […]
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Why journalist Emily Bell is calling for a civic media manifesto

With the free press under attack, a civic media manifesto is needed now more than ever, according to acclaimed scholar and journalist Emily Bell. She negotiates this critical crossroad for the media in her dynamic 2019 Dalton Camp Lecture and in conversation with IDEAS producer Mary Lynk. If journalism […]
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Google Backs Experimental Hyperlocal News Service for Peterborough

Google appears to be trying to shore up the world of local news that its internet has so roundly destroyed, and is making reparations of a sort by backing a news source dedicated solely to reporting events and happenings in and around Peterborough. Peterborough Matters is the first fruit […]
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Case Studies in Collaborative Local Journalism

Executive Summary In this report, we analyse the potential for collaborative journalism initiatives to address the challenges facing local news. Although collaboration has been examined in the context of national and international partnerships, often among larger news organisations, few studies investigate these efforts at the local level, particularly in […]
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100+ Women Northumberland takes unique approach to philanthropy

Four times a year, a group of local women gather to have a glass of wine, some snacks and donate $50. The result is a much needed collective donation to a charity within Northumberland. This new, creative approach to philanthropy is done by 100+ Women Northumberland. The group met for one of its quarterly gatherings on March 3. Sam Campbell, a spokesperson for the group, says it a chance for women to network, as well as serve a good cause. Continue Reading →

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Innovative online lending aimed at helping local businesses, says county director

Northumberland County Economic Development Director Dan Borowec explains new lending opportunities for local businesses via an innovative online program called Lending Loop. He also discusses several new initiatives and describes the health of the local economy in the face of closures at Westons and Saputo. Please listen to this podcast. Originally aired: Feb. 28, 2020 Continue Reading →

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