Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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Cobourg mayor reflects on past year and the coming months in the face of an election year

Coburg Development

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Cobourg is booming. If you ask Cobourg Mayor John Henderson, he would tell you. And, he has proof. All kinds of development is taking place, both residential and commercial. Several companies in Northam Industrial Park just renewed multi-year leases. Continue Reading →

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Innovation key to response to growing gender based violence in Northumberland, says coordinator

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During the first year of the pandemic, 34 women found themselves homeless in Northumberland, fleeing an abusive situation. That is according to a recently released report by a group representing organizations in the county whose job is to protect people against gender-based violence. It was one of the more shocking statistics released by Thrive. It is the third annual report from the group that works with a range of services in the county with a mandate to help those who face violence. This includes rape to assault to abuse. Continue Reading →

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Will Northumberland become the next Barrie? Planning for growth critical, says county official

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A recent study commissioned by Northumberland County is projecting the population will grow to 122,000 by 2051. This is up from the current 90,000 people who live here now. Some say we may hit that number sooner. The picture-postcard that draws so many people to come and live in Northumberland could be facing expansive, rapid growth similar to places like Barrie, Peterborough, and Clarington. The question is: where will these people live? Continue Reading →

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Cobourg church and Transition House partner to provide overnight warming centre for county

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As temperatures begin to drop and winter settles in if you are homeless, finding a place to stay warm in Northumberland County is not as easy as you think. In this interview, you will learn about the only formal warming centre in the entire county. During the day, there are few, if any, alternatives. A partnership between Transition House and St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Cobourg offers an overnight place for people to stay. Continue Reading →

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Piccini reflects on the past year in politics, but also looks ahead to provincial election in June

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While the pandemic has dominated many people’s minds, other stuff has taken place over the past year. As is usual for this time of year, it is good to check in with local politicians to see what they have been up to and expect in the new year. The first of these interviews is with David Piccini. We took a few moments away from the earlier conversation to talk about what has taken place in Northumberland over the past year related to the provincial government. He also looks forward to the upcoming year – the election and some special personal news. Continue Reading →

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Omicron spreads rapidly across Northumberland as a strategic shift in managing it takes place

PICCINI PREMIER VACCINE CLINIC TOUR

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There was a major shift in how Ontario responded to the pandemic over the past week. The Omicron variant is a game-changer. The speed at which it spreads – technically known as transmissibility, has left the health care system in tatters. In this interview, MPP David Piccini explains the government’s response and why he thinks it is effective. He will discuss significant changes to the way policy-makers, public health officials, and scientists are tracking the virus and its spread. Continue Reading →

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More community newspapers subscribing to belief survival lies online, but will readers buy in?

More community newspapers subscribing to belief survival lies online, but will readers buy in?

Community newspapers will have to prove their worth, says Roger Belgrave It’s about trust. Our relationship with our readers is built on transparency, honesty and integrity. As such, we have launched a trust initiative to tell you who we are and how and why we do what we do. […]
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Community media keeps outpacing mainstream media

Community media keeps outpacing mainstream media

“The year 2022 will further propel the movement that ignited the new U.S. American mainstream — one that will be organically diverse, increasingly inclusive, and factually equitable for generations to come.” After not one but two challenging pandemic years, we’ve learned that media makers embedded in their communities have […]
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Audience engagement ≠ community engagement

Audience engagement ≠ community engagement

“Newsrooms won’t find the key to any of this in their analytics.” Journalists have conflated audience engagement and community engagement for way too long — and in 2022, we’ll finally start treating them as distinct, complementary newsroom functions. The first is focused on building habit, loyalty, and audience revenue. […]
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Can journalism survive in a post-news world?

Can journalism survive in a post-news world?

“In a world of surplus information, news as a product is fast losing its relevance.” The world of information has witnessed transformational changes in the past two decades, both in terms of the pace of exchange and quantum. Although access to information has been gradually increasing throughout our collective […]
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