Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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As Local News Outlets Shutter, Rural America Suffers Most

As Local News Outlets Shutter, Rural America Suffers Most

Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP Production workers stack newspapers onto a cart at a printing and distribution plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. News deserts afflict all types of communities, but they’ve hit rural America especially hard. Journalism professor Penny Muse Abernathy lives in a news desert. She says there’s […]
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What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

Since 2004, more than a quarter of the nation’s newspapers have closed. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem, resulting in further closures and fears among experts of a local news “ extinction-level event .” According to the Brookings Institution, more than 65 million Americans live in a county with […]
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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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A community-centered approach to supporting local journalism

A community-centered approach to supporting local journalism

In addition to creating good journalism, The Compass Experiment was launched to find ways to make local news financially sustainable. The long-term success of our newsrooms will depend on a variety of revenue sources — loyal readers, local businesses and philanthropic donors. We also know that we must be […]
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Legislation coming this year to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

Legislation coming this year to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

OTTAWA – Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault is promising legislation this year to ensure tech giants like Google and Facebook pay for the news content they disseminate on their platforms. The promise comes as newspapers across the country are displaying blank front pages in a bid to highlight the […]
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The case for the community newspaper

The case for the community newspaper

My first writing job was 20 years ago: a local column for my community newspaper. That paper no longer exists. Amalgamated and replaced by other incarnations, it exemplifies an industry in trouble. Newspapers traditionally have relied upon advertising and subscription revenue to survive. Edward Greenspon, president of the non-profit […]
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Local news is more trusted than national news — but that could change

Local news is more trusted than national news — but that could change

When it comes to trust, local news media continue to outperform their national counterparts. But with a new Knight-Gallup study released today , we now know that we can’t take that trust for granted. Americans still believe local news outlets are doing many things right, and the study confirms […]
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Controversy between snowmobile club and county over use of Northumberland Forest trails

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The podcast with bonus material and extended interviews

There is a controversy over an agreement between Northumberland County and a local snowmobile club over the use of the Northumberland Forest. I spoke with County Warden Bob Crate and with the president of the Great Pine Ridge Snowmobile Association, Steve Horner. The snowmobile club sent its usual agreement, one that is was signed by the county in the past. It is also used by other snowmobile clubs and nearly every other municipality in Ontario. But this year, it was different. Continue Reading →

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Happy Birthday, James! A special interview with a Father of Confederation, first speaker of the House of Commons

This is going to be a very special interview with Consider This Northumberland. It is meant for a different audience. I am hoping there are lots of young listeners today. I have an extraordinary guest just for them. Now, you may be a kid in a classroom or a youth studying at home, or a young person at heart. Continue Reading →

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Surviving the pandemic: two women entrepreneurs from Northumberland share their stories

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Businesses are struggling during the pandemic. No question. The uncertainty surrounding what comes next is a major factor. For some, finding the resources to make the necessary changes – to pivot – is difficult. There are many provincial and federal programs meant to assist them. But not everyone meets the criteria. Continue Reading →

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