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How automation helped this journalist quench a ‘news desert’

How automation helped this journalist quench a 'news desert'

While there’s more information at our fingertips than ever before, there’s also more misinformation. With small newspapers shutting down across the United States, many towns are becoming “news deserts”—communities no longer covered by local newspapers. Simon Galperin sought to fill this hole in Bloomfield, N.J., with the Bloomfield Information […]
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tiny news collective

The world is changing, shouldn’t news ownership? Whether you’re a lifetime journalist, a committed organizer or an individual looking to support your area, we believe that the next generation of news looks like you. People who care about their community should have a voice in informing their community. Join […]
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Local news orgs grasp the urgency of community roots

“‘Engagement’ will get the respect it deserves as the center of excellence within local media organizations, not an offshoot concept that is often disregarded and undervalued.” Local media will recognize in 2021 that, in order to be trusted and sustainable, they will need to operationalize their whole organization around […]
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The role of local news in covering Trump’s endgame

On Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz led eleven Republican senators and senators-elect declaring their intention to vote against certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. On the same day, President Trump pressed Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger to help overturn election results in his favor; on Sunday afternoon, […]
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Digital Start-ups: Great Local News Hope or Disappointment?

As many legacy news outlets struggle to survive, industry analysts are looking to digital start-ups as a promising way to revive coverage of local news. After all, digital-only means you don’t need massive presses or barrels of ink or fleets of trucks. The barriers to publication are low, so […]
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Media Advocate Nancy Lane: Philanthropy Joins Digital Subscriptions as Key Funding Source

As much of the local news industry hammers away on a financial strategy emphasizing digital subscriptions, Local Media Association CEO Nancy Lane says this approach should be paired with efforts to gain philanthropic support. Here’s an edited transcript of an interview of Lane by the Medill Local News Initiative’s […]
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5 Reasons that 2020 Was the Year of Nonprofit Local News

As legacy media struggled during the pandemic, many nonprofit outlets shone, with NewsMatch as a catalyst for bringing in more donations In the narrative about the struggling local news business in America, we hear mostly about layoffs, pay cuts and even closures of publications this year due to the […]
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What Journalists Can — and Can’t — Do about Media Distrust

A Trump supporter holds up a T-shirt blasting “fake news” so media could see before a rally address by President Donald Trump in October 2018, in Rochester, Minnesota Jim Mone/AP News There is a significant percentage of Americans who will always distrust us no matter how well our pieces […]
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The Real Reason Local Newspapers are Dying

For a decade, Allison Hantschel worked at small newspapers in the Midwest. She left that career for the world of nonprofits, which are still journalism adjacent. I first met Allison online, when I saw her responding to a tweet from a magazine editor, lamenting the loss of local newspapers […]
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