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How journalism can thrive in the digital age

The World Wide Web is now comprised of more than 1.7 billion websites, an explosion of expression beyond anything we have ever seen or could have fully imagined. The internet exponentially expanded both the marketplace for information and the marketplace for ideas. It has brought extraordinary value to our […]
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Are media coops the business model of the future?

On a wet September evening in Shoreditch, East London, the editors of New Internationalist meet their magazine’s new owners for the first time. The team has just completed a redesign with hip London content agency TCO, who volunteered their basement gallery for the launch. Over the roar of an […]
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Study: Successful online local news outlets often located in wealthy communities, and advertising still pays the bills

Business Michael Gordon/Shutterstock.com This piece was co-published with the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. More than a decade into the rise of the hyperlocal news website, conventional wisdom dictates that advertising alone will no longer pay the bills and digital local news publishers must diversify their […]
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As newspapers cut, grassroots solutions fuel a resurgence of local journalism

Commentary These images show the scope of California’s Mendocino wildfire — and the lengths journalists have to go to capture the photos. These were shot by Elizabeth Larson, editor and publisher of the Lake County News in Lake County, California, one of several news sites that have provided almost […]
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Problem of Local News Deserts is Widespread, Study Finds

Problem of Local News Deserts is Widespread, Study Finds DURHAM, NC — Research from Duke University provides comprehensive new evidence of the magnitude of the problem of “news deserts”– communities where news and information about critical local issues is nonexistent or severely limited. The researchers analyzed more than 16,000 […]
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When local papers stop being local

That local journalism is facing tough times is now an accepted fact. There are plenty of stories of local newspapers closing and journalists losing their jobs. But what’s been lacking in the discussion, beyond the anecdotes, is hard data. So we at the DeWitt Wallace Center’s News Measures Research […]
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How not to be a parachute partner: ProPublica’s figured out how to collaborate with local newsrooms without bigfooting them

“We’re really proud of our work at the Southern Illinoisan, but we have a flashlight, not a lighthouse.” Eight months into its first year, ProPublica’s local reporting network has helped: a radio reporter in Orlando survey first responders about PTSD; a newspaper reporter in southern Illinois scrutinize the Department […]
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An analysis of 16,000 stories, across 100 U.S. communities, finds very little actual local news

“Sometimes a story was literally just a YouTube video that they were linking to.” We know that local journalism is suffering. We talk about news deserts and shuttering newspapers. Research has tended to focus on individual communities, or more broadly on certain types of journalism outlets and the coverage […]
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Finally some good news: Trust in news is up, especially for local media

Culture Illustration by Ren LaForme This is a summary of the study with commentary from other experts on media trust issues and background on other similar studies. To see the scholars’ paper, click here . After decades of declining trust in the press, coupled with relentless rhetorical attacks on […]
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Do parents still model news consumption? A look at teens’ news habits

The issue: As news and technology continue to evolve, media organizations and scholars are curious how these changes affect how people use and access news. A new study compares new consumption by adolescents and their parents. An academic study worth reading: “Do Parents Still Model News Consumption? Socializing News […]
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