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Passage of AB170 critical to future of print journalism in California

In this August 2016 file photo, the dome of the state Capitol glows in the early evening in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) California’s Legislature will decide the future of print journalism Friday when it votes on Assembly Bill 170. It’s imperative that daily newspaper readers urge their representatives […]
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5 Lessons for Reporting in an Age of Disinformation

The ‘Trumpet of Amplification’ By Claire Wardle Despite endless headlines, reports and conferences on the topic of information disorder, the global news industry remains woefully unprepared to tackle the increasingly effective and dangerous tactics deployed by those intent on disrupting the public sphere. Journalists often write about the phenomenon […]
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Can digital journalism serve readers who can’t get online?

With a large digital divide in Ontario, closures and print reductions of local papers have mounting effects on access to information. Chatham Daily News announced it would publish a print edition of its paper one less day a week, along with 10 other Postmedia newspapers, on Nov. 6 . […]
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Why this out-of-work reporter decided to start her own small town print newspaper

Melissa Schneider is self-funding a newspaper to serve her rural Ontario community Melissa Schneider is the owner, publisher, editor, photographer of The Echo. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC) Melissa Schneider was wearing pyjamas when she found out she’d lost her job. It was November 2017, and Schneider was working as a freelance […]
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What We Learned Through NewsMatch Can Help All of Local News

NewsMatch journalists in action: High Country News, Groundtruth Project, Texas Tribune, Public Source, CALMatters, Marshall Project There are almost-weekly reminders about the struggles facing local news. Last week the entire staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune were laid off when the paper was sold to a competing paper. When […]
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Civic engagement declines when local newspapers shut down

It’s not news that it’s tough times for the newspaper industry. A March 2018 study published in the Newspaper Research Journal finds that from 2004 to 2015, the U.S. newspaper industry lost over 1,800 print outlets as a result of closures and mergers. Journalists suffer layoffs and buyouts ; […]
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Institute for Nonprofit News welcomes The Narwhal as sole Canadian member

The institute recognizes publications committed to transparency and independence in public interest, investigative journalism This story was originally published by The Narwhal and appears here with the editor’s permission. Read the original post here . The Narwhal has been accepted as a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News […]
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Seven ways journalists can up their social media game

It’s never been easier for journalists to interact with their sources and audiences through social media. But finding the right mix can be challenging. It’s never been easier for journalists to interact with their sources and audiences through social media. But finding the right mix can be challenging. Social […]
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A paltry number of Canadians are paying for online news

Attitudes towards news media and consumption behaviour in Canada pose a sort of conundrum. In general, Canadians have a positive view of journalism and relatively high trust in media , but on the other hand, they are little inclined to pay for digital news sources. According to the new […]
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In News Industry, a Stark Divide Between Haves and Have-Nots

After suffering a historic meltdown a decade ago in the financial crisis, American newspapers began racing to transform into digital businesses, hoping that strategy would save them from the accelerating decline of print. The results are in: A stark divide has emerged between a handful of national players that […]
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