Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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RCAF big band brought a bit of home to airmen during Second World War

The Streamliners was a big band formed by a group of young men serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. They were all barely 20 when they joined. Each one was passionate about music, but also patriotic. At first, they were technicians and mechanics, training at a base in St. Thomas, Ontario. Continue Reading →

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“Engaged journalism” is taking us back to the “public journalism” debates of the 1990s

Plus new research into algorithmic polarization, computational news discovery, gender differences in political news, and more. Editor’s note : Longtime Nieman Lab readers know the bylines of Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis . Mark wrote the weekly This Week in Review column for us from 2010 to 2014; Seth’s […]
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We just launched a free weekly Vancouver Is Awesome newspaper

The Vancouver Is Awesome newspaper, issue 1, published April 9, 2020. Photo Bob Kronbauer Today we distributed 111,000 copies of the first weekly newspaper edition of Vancouver Is Awesome to homes across the city. Under normal circumstances, bringing our publication into a new medium would be something to celebrate, […]
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Critical in a public health crisis, COVID-19 has hit local newsrooms hard

While the coronavirus may be a global pandemic, the public health crisis has revealed the critical role of local news outlets currently working tirelessly to cover the impact of the coronavirus on their communities. These outlets have helped to disseminate essential information from state and local government actors, prevent […]
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Hyperlocals win thousands in government pandemic funding

Thousands of pounds of government funding has been secured to help hyperlocal news titles during the coronavirus pandemic. Welsh members of the Independent Community News Network have today been awarded emergency grant revenue funding of up to £8,500 by the Welsh government in a bid to help sustain them […]
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Tractor parade allows local farmers to pay tribute to hospital staff

It is one thing to slow down to go around a tractor on a backroad. But it is certainly another when you get 70 tractors, trucks, sprayers and other vehicles lined up. That is what happened recently. It was a tractor parade to pay tribute to frontline workers at Northumberland Hills Hospital and the Golden Plough Lodge. It was organized by the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture. Continue Reading →

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The New York Times Is Great, but Who’ll Cover Your Community?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the local news industry was “a patient who already had all the underlying health conditions,” said Mi-Ai Parrish, the former publisher of the Arizona Republic. Now, local news is a patient in critical condition. Each day brings a new round of layoffs and pay cuts […]
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The Coronavirus Crisis Has Made It Clear: The Future of Journalism Must be Collaborative

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned over 25 years in digital journalism, it’s that new ideas, new opportunities and new technologies are no match for old habits. An example of this habitual stasis is the glacial pace with which local newsrooms have embraced collaboration. No matter how bad the […]
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US newspapers face ‘extinction-level’ crisis as Covid-19 hits hard

As journalists across the US scramble to cover the impact of the coronavirus, they are grappling with a bitter irony: as demand for their stories soars, the decline of the business model that funds them is speeding up catastrophically. The devastating sweep of Covid-19 is the biggest story in […]
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