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Centering Audiences for Accountability and Government Reporting The American Press Institute is launching a new effort to support accountability and government reporting that better prioritizes the needs of local communities. For news organizations and communities to thrive, coverage of local governance needs to be built for and with the […]
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How anti-vaxxers and ivermectin advocates have co-opted US local news

How anti-vaxxers and ivermectin advocates have co-opted US local news

Last November, the WEAR-TV news station in northern Florida aired a segment on Dr Benjamin Marble, a local doctor who created a free telehealth website offering consultations for Covid-19. Marble, the reporter said, had made it so “patients don’t have to pay a cent” for coronavirus treatment and believed […]
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This local journalist studied other locally owned newsrooms. Here’s what he found.

This local journalist studied other locally owned newsrooms. Here’s what he found.

Image courtesy Tony Baranowski This study has been co-published with the NewStart program at West Virginia University. The author is a 2020-2021 fellow and produced this piece as part of his fellowship. You can view a PDF of the report here. A confluence of political, economic and journalistic root […]
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The National Trust for Local News is trying to build a $300 million fund to help save local news

The National Trust for Local News is trying to build a $300 million fund to help save local news

(Shutterstock/National Trust for Local News) In the crowded field of nonprofits supporting local news ventures, Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro’s National Trust for Local News stands out as something distinct. Rather than grants, the trust makes investments. Advice and some control come with the help. But the point is for recipients […]
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Local news blues: The employees of small newspapers see a bleak future, this survey says

Local news blues: The employees of small newspapers see a bleak future, this survey says

Small newspapers, with circulations under 50,000, make up the vast majority of newspapers in the U.S. And the majority of their employees are pessimistic about these papers’ futures, a report out Thursday from Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism shows. Researchers Damian Radcliffe and Ryan Wallace conducted their survey […]
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Life at Local Newspapers in a Turbulent Era: Findings from a survey of more than 300 newsroom employees in the United States

Life at Local Newspapers in a Turbulent Era: Findings from a survey of more than 300 newsroom employees in the United States

Executive Summary | Chapter 1: Introduction | Chapter 2: Methodology | Chapter 3: Profile of Respondents | Chapter 4: Working habits in local newsrooms | Chapter 5: Products and Platforms | Chapter 6: Challenges | Chapter 7: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Small-Market Local Newspapers | Chapter […]
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How Axios is tackling local news: newsletters from small teams, in more markets

How Axios is tackling local news: newsletters from small teams, in more markets

Axios is popping up local news-focused newsletters across the country, with ambitious plans to be in 25 markets in 2022. But local news is a challenging undertaking, and many have failed before it. How is Axios differentiating itself? “A lean, pragmatic approach,” said Ted Williams, gm of Axios Local. […]
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How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences

How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences

SUMMARY The Center for Media Engagement partnered with the Dallas Free Press to explore how Dallas residents — particularly those in the disinvested neighborhoods of West Dallas and South Dallas — perceive local media and how they think that media can better serve their communities. Those participating in the […]
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