Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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Research: More stations produced more local news than ever during 2020

Research: More stations produced more local news than ever during 2020

This is the first installment of this year’s RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Survey. Dig deeper into the data here and stay tuned for more about newsroom innovation, staffing and diversity. TV Despite facing revenue shortfalls, budget cuts and unprecedented operational challenges, local TV stations aired more news in […]
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Facebook to pay $5 mln to local journalists in newsletter push

Facebook to pay $5 mln to local journalists in newsletter push

Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Thursday said it will give $5 million to pay local journalists in multiyear deals as part of its new publishing platform to help independent writers attract an audience and make money through the social media network. The move is part of Facebook’s answer to the […]
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‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned […]
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County’s Faster Forward Summit Program aims to assist larger local businesses to grow

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Millions of dollars are being spent by the provincial and federal governments to keep small and medium-sized businesses afloat during the pandemic. For larger enterprises, support to sustain them or even help them grow has not always been available. The people behind economic development for Northumberland County launched a new imitative recently to address this gap. It is called the Faster Forward Summit Program. As you will hear, it is aimed at bigger businesses – those with more than $250,000 in revenue annually. Continue Reading →

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Applications Open for the Tiny News Collective

We are proud to announce that the application for our inaugural cohort of founders in the Tiny News Collective will launch on Monday, March 15, 2021. Launching a news organization is time-consuming, complicated, expensive — and risky. The vast majority of news startups don’t begin with deep-pocketed investors and […]
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Looking back at a day when small-town newspaper editors could be heroes

Looking back at a day when small-town newspaper editors could be heroes

A plaque for local newspaper editor Walter “Buzz” Storey in Storey Square in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. (Photo: John W. Miller) The monument on Main Street in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, that caught my eye was not for a quarterback or soldier. This gritty industrial community of 10,000 in Southwestern Pennsylvania named its […]
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Burnham Family Market transitions during pandemic, as legacy farm moves to next generation

 

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Take a drive out into rural Northumberland. You will see all kinds of farms. It is easy to assume most of those are family farms. Yet, the family farm is on the decline in Canada. Well over 90 percent of farms are family-owned and operated. Barely half the farms are sole proprietorships. The rest are either partnerships or corporations, according to Statistics Canada in 2016. Continue Reading →

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Broadening the funding conversation—and not just the spotlight—on local news

Broadening the funding conversation—and not just the spotlight—on local news

#FollowLocalJournalists. That’s the hashtag on a campaign that Twitter is launching today to encourage its users to do just that. According to Sara Fischer, of Axios , in addition to social-media activity, the campaign is running full-page ads in local papers owned by Gannett (including the Detroit Free Press […]
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How NPR Shattered The Old Model Of Broadcast Journalism

How NPR Shattered The Old Model Of Broadcast Journalism

Monday, May 3, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary of NPR’s first on-air original broadcast. In the last half century, NPR and Member stations have been essential, trusted sources for local events and cultural programming featuring music, local history, education and the arts. To mark this milestone, we’re reflecting on […]
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Building trust in media: Users don’t see it the same way as journalists, new studies show

Building trust in media: Users don’t see it the same way as journalists, new studies show

(Ren LaForme/Poynter) The evergreen topic of “trust in media” has been getting a fresh examination of late. Several new studies suggest that users and producers of journalism are not necessarily on the same page. The Reuters Institute at Oxford University released a report Thursday that found that journalists seem […]
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