Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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launched a new campaign in support of local journalist

launched a new campaign in support of local journalist

This is interesting. Twitter has today s as part of World Press Freedom Day, which includes full-page ads in various newspapers promoting Twitter lists of journalists to follow, as well as new education programs and funding to support open press coverage. As explained by Twitter : “As journalists continue […]
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Do newsrooms have to be in … newsrooms?

Do newsrooms have to be in … newsrooms?

The Latin American and World Services desks at Associated Press headquarters in New York on March 27, 1973. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler) For years, newspapers have been downsizing — in coverage , in people , and in buildings . That continued during the pandemic when both Tribune and McClatchy closed […]
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Why local journalism must be considered infrastructure

Why local journalism must be considered infrastructure

President Biden ’s infrastructure bill has sparked debate over what qualifies. Is broadband infrastructure? Of course it is — and so are other key components of our information systems, especially local journalism. Local news serves our critical information needs, particularly regarding vital issues such as vaccines, elections and public […]
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Torstar Corporate Executive Announcements

Torstar Corporate Executive Announcements

TORONTO, April 27, 2021 /CNW/ – Torstar announced today a series of executive leadership moves that are effective immediately. Torstar President and CEO John Boynton is moving to the role as Vice Chair, NordStar Capital, the holding company for Torstar, and President, Digital, NordStar. In this new role, Mr. […]
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Farmers face new struggles and mental health pressures as spring planting underway

Farm near Campbellford

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Farmers are busy preparing to put crops into the grounds. This time around, they have a year of the pandemic under their belts. A lot has changed. Then again, not a lot has changed. The supply chain issues have settled. Continue Reading →

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It’s easy to hate ‘the media.’ But local journalism is essential (and holy) work.

It’s easy to hate ‘the media.’ But local journalism is essential (and holy) work.

Editor’s Note: The Moral Economy is a new series that tackles key economic topics through the prism of Catholic social teaching and its care for the dignity of every person. This is the fourth article in the series. The United States, a nation built on newspapers, has journalism in […]
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Local news could disappear if Canada doesn’t stand up to tech giants, Winnipeg newspaper publisher says

Local news could disappear if Canada doesn't stand up to tech giants, Winnipeg newspaper publisher says

Local news in Canada could be in further peril if the federal government doesn’t stand up to tech giants like Facebook and Google, the publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press said. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press) Days after Canada pledged to make Facebook pay for news content amid an ongoing media […]
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Facebook investing an additional $8 million to support Canadian journalism

Facebook investing an additional $8 million to support Canadian journalism

Facebook has announced that it is investing an additional $8 million over three years to support Canadian journalism. The social media giant notes that this $8 million investment is on top of the nearly $10 million in partnerships and programs in the last four years. “These additional dollars will […]
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Covering local councils a key part of community journalism

Covering local councils a key part of community journalism

One of the principal jobs of community newspapers is coverage of local politics, especially the work of municipal councils. Over the past 25 years, reporters at the paper have dealt with many elected officials, developing varying relationships. While it’s not always smooth sailing – it’s not breaking news to […]
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Community journalism has been the priority right from the start

Community journalism has been the priority right from the start

The Observer was launched with community journalism at the forefront, though the founders certainly have a deeper view of what that means. “When we started, we certainly wanted a newspaper that reflected the community that we served. To this day, that has changed,” said publisher Joe Merlihan of the […]
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