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Medill Survey Shows Difficulty of Getting Some Local News Consumers to Pay

Medill Survey Shows Difficulty of Getting Some Local News Consumers to Pay

The diverse neighborhoods of Chicago’s South and West sides make a lot of news, and a survey of their residents has found intense interest in coverage of crime and other top issues – as long as it’s free. Of the 820 people who completed the new online survey from […]
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This Ontario town lost its local newspaper. But the stories haven’t stopped

This Ontario town lost its local newspaper. But the stories haven't stopped

After 136 years, the weekly paper in Tilbury, Ont., closed its doors in 2020 Humphrey Rogers, 87, has lived in Tilbury, Ont., since 1946 and seen a lot of changes. The biggest was the closure of the paper, the Tilbury Times, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Haydn Watters/CBC) Humphrey Rogers […]
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Ken Doctor: 18 months after launching a local news company (in an Alden market), here’s what I’ve learned

Ken Doctor: 18 months after launching a local news company (in an Alden market), here’s what I’ve learned

“The term ‘news desert’ has been a shorthand, but the real problem here and elsewhere is that this region lacked the number of journalists it needed to thoroughly inform the public.” We called it the 3 a.m. Club. RELATED ARTICLE We converged in Denver in mid-October last year, between […]
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Canadian Media Ownership Index

Canadian Media Ownership Index

Our goal is to provide a better understanding of the Canadian Mainstream Media in a time of great digital proliferation where radical transparency may help rebuild trust. Some outlets on this index may not be deeemed journalism by many. We list those media orgs with over 12,000 monthly uniques […]
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Forming a co-op saved six Canadian newspapers from closing. Here’s how they do business now.

Forming a co-op saved six Canadian newspapers from closing. Here’s how they do business now.

“Being so close to bankruptcy made people realize that what we were offering them was a treasure, but it was pretty fragile.” In 2019, six regional daily newspapers in Quebec, Canada were saved from closure after their parent company, Groupe Capitales Médias, announced it was filing for bankruptcy. On […]
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Community starts with listening: How Santa Cruz Local gained 500 paying members in one year

Community starts with listening: How Santa Cruz Local gained 500 paying members in one year

The Santa Cruz Local team — Natalya Dreszer, Kara Meyberg Guzman, and Stephen Baxter — at their recording booth in Meyberg Guzman’s home. Editors’ Note: This is part of an occasional series highlighting local news entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders who are making their communities stronger. Each post highlights lessons […]
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Seattle venture SCC Insight’s lessons for local news

Seattle venture SCC Insight’s lessons for local news

Amid a journalism crisis leaving much of America with little to no local news, Seattle is relatively lucky. In addition to a daily newspaper, multiple broadcasters and assorted smaller and digital publications, Seattle has a cluster of independent reporters covering neighborhoods and city government. The most extraordinary of these […]
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Local content to generate more traffic amid globalization

Local content to generate more traffic amid globalization

The media industry tends to scrutinize the variable metrics of the audience in the discussion of traffic. During the pandemic, media companies found an unprecedented opportunity to reassess the problem, the content itself. When private cable and satellite television networks were introduced in the mid-’80s, broadcast television found itself […]
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