Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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In Vermont, one hyperlocal newsroom aims to fill a void

In Vermont, one hyperlocal newsroom aims to fill a void

When the Waterbury Record ceased publication at the end of March, Waterbury, Vermont, was on its way to becoming another news desert. At the time, Lisa Scagliotti—a longtime Waterbury resident who used to work as managing editor of two of the Record ’s sister weeklies—was running a journalism internship […]
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Among Local Media, Conversions to Nonprofit Ownership Accelerate

Among Local Media, Conversions to Nonprofit Ownership Accelerate

“ Hyde Park Herald ,” Viqi French For nearly 139 years, the Hyde Park Herald on the South Side of Chicago, which publishes weekly, has operated as a for-profit newspaper. Now, writes Ally Marotti in Crain’s Chicago Business , the news operation is seeking to become a nonprofit. Already, […]
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Big changes ahead for The Compass Experiment

Big changes ahead for The Compass Experiment

Mahoning Matters and The Longmont Leader pivoting to further sustainability Photo by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash When we kicked off The Compass Experiment 18 months ago, we knew our mission was a tough one. We set out to create local, independent news websites that can become financially self-sustaining. […]
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In the face of recent struggles, Port Hope Chamber CEO says businesses remains optimistic about future

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Keeping the economy from collapsing at the same time stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus is a balancing act. It is complex, and it isn’t easy. Public health officials want to keep the lid on the spread of the virus until they can get needles in their arms. They hope to get on top of the virus before variants create even more problems. Last week, we heard from Dr. Ian Gemmill, the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health for the local health unit. Meanwhile, politicians and business owners are worried that we will be plunged into a recession or even a depression without sufficient economic activity. They worry it will take years before we will recover. Continue Reading →

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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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Hyperlocal network launches fresh expansion bid after cash boost

Hyperlocal network launches fresh expansion bid after cash boost

Journalists have been urged to join a subscription-based hyperlocal news network after it received a four-figure cash boost. Today News has renewed calls for new members to come forward after its founder site, Altrincham Today , recorded more than a million annual visitors for the first time. HTFP reported […]
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Vaccine roll out, reporting cases and what’s next – an in-depth interview with acting Chief Medical Officer for Northumberland

 

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Earlier this week, the staff and residents of Hope Street Terrace in Port Hope were vaccinated. These are among the first vaccines to be administered in Northumberland County. On January 25, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit received 700 doses of the Moderna vaccine. If you listened carefully, There was an almost audible sigh of relief from health officials and others. It represents a tipping point in the battle to control pandemic since it began a year ago. Continue Reading →

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Introducing The Resolve: a powerful new platform for Black, Indigenous and people of colour voices and stories in Canada

Introducing The Resolve: a powerful new platform for Black, Indigenous and people of colour voices and stories in Canada

Founder Matthew DiMera explains why he quit his former editor-in-chief job, and how he plans to tackle systemic racism in Canadian journalism As a Black queer journalist, I’ve dealt with racism and homophobia in newsrooms across Canada. I’ve experienced everything from endless micro-aggressions to blatant discrimination. That’s why I […]
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This column and this newspaper — now you see us, now you …

This column and this newspaper — now you see us, now you …

Loss of news outlets leaves a vacuum in communities, William Thomas writes Please, humour me. At this moment you’re holding up your local newspaper about to read this column. Now put the paper down but raise your hands to where they were a moment ago. What do you see? […]
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