Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

Recent Posts

Moving From Print to Podcasts

From Hawaii to North Carolina, local news organizations are finding that podcasts may help build new connections with their communities. Santa Cruz, California faced a big decision earlier this summer: renovate its existing library in the city’s downtown, or build something new, just outside the city. Although it was […]
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‘Go in small with clear-eyed expectations’: How a crop of startups are trying to make for-profit local news work

An unlikely trend is developing in the media industry: people think they can make real money from local news. It’s happening in different formats and in different locations. Axios will release newsletters in four markets early next year. David Plotz, formerly the CEO of Atlas Obscura and editor-in-chief of […]
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In search of the next generation of local media owners

Though a deepening economic crisis continues to plague the local news landscape in the United States, the NewStart initiative has set out to ensure that one aspect is not overlooked: there are some profitable newspapers in the country whose owners are looking to sell. The NewStart local news ownership […]
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Lawmakers Want to Protect Local Newspapers From Google, Facebook

“They are facing unfair practices,” Sen. Maria Cantwell (D., Wash.), the ranking member on the committee, said in an interview. “We think Congress and the FTC should address those unfair practices.” A Google spokeswoman said the report “distorts the reality around Google’s role in the online news ecosystem and […]
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Young adults want to stay in Trent Hills but face barriers, says youth survey

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There was a tradition not that long ago that once you graduated high school in Northumberland County, there was a mad rush to see how quickly and how far you could getaway. For some, it was university or college. Then, it was off to a job in a big city. There was always a sense of moving away. You would always hear politicians and community leaders bemoaning the lack of youth and young families living in the county. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland County offers lifeboat to those drowning in an ocean of viruses, scams and disinformation

 

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We all get them. Those emails from the bank that tells us there is a problem with our account. Or maybe it is the email from a business telling us we won a fabulous prize. All we need to do is click on the link to claim it. In our excitement, we quickly glance at the logo and the information. Continue Reading →

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Life in a News Desert

The proliferation of news deserts in the United States has been well-documented, including by CJR. But what are their effects? How is life in a news desert any different from life in the rest of the country? We worked with the University of North Carolina School of Media and […]
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