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As Local News Outlets Shutter, Rural America Suffers Most

As Local News Outlets Shutter, Rural America Suffers Most

Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP Production workers stack newspapers onto a cart at a printing and distribution plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. News deserts afflict all types of communities, but they’ve hit rural America especially hard. Journalism professor Penny Muse Abernathy lives in a news desert. She says there’s […]
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What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

Since 2004, more than a quarter of the nation’s newspapers have closed. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem, resulting in further closures and fears among experts of a local news “ extinction-level event .” According to the Brookings Institution, more than 65 million Americans live in a county with […]
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‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned […]
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A community-centered approach to supporting local journalism

A community-centered approach to supporting local journalism

In addition to creating good journalism, The Compass Experiment was launched to find ways to make local news financially sustainable. The long-term success of our newsrooms will depend on a variety of revenue sources — loyal readers, local businesses and philanthropic donors. We also know that we must be […]
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Legislation coming this year to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

Legislation coming this year to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

OTTAWA – Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault is promising legislation this year to ensure tech giants like Google and Facebook pay for the news content they disseminate on their platforms. The promise comes as newspapers across the country are displaying blank front pages in a bid to highlight the […]
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The case for the community newspaper

The case for the community newspaper

My first writing job was 20 years ago: a local column for my community newspaper. That paper no longer exists. Amalgamated and replaced by other incarnations, it exemplifies an industry in trouble. Newspapers traditionally have relied upon advertising and subscription revenue to survive. Edward Greenspon, president of the non-profit […]
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Local news is more trusted than national news — but that could change

Local news is more trusted than national news — but that could change

When it comes to trust, local news media continue to outperform their national counterparts. But with a new Knight-Gallup study released today , we now know that we can’t take that trust for granted. Americans still believe local news outlets are doing many things right, and the study confirms […]
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In Vermont, one hyperlocal newsroom aims to fill a void

In Vermont, one hyperlocal newsroom aims to fill a void

When the Waterbury Record ceased publication at the end of March, Waterbury, Vermont, was on its way to becoming another news desert. At the time, Lisa Scagliotti—a longtime Waterbury resident who used to work as managing editor of two of the Record ’s sister weeklies—was running a journalism internship […]
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Among Local Media, Conversions to Nonprofit Ownership Accelerate

Among Local Media, Conversions to Nonprofit Ownership Accelerate

“ Hyde Park Herald ,” Viqi French For nearly 139 years, the Hyde Park Herald on the South Side of Chicago, which publishes weekly, has operated as a for-profit newspaper. Now, writes Ally Marotti in Crain’s Chicago Business , the news operation is seeking to become a nonprofit. Already, […]
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Big changes ahead for The Compass Experiment

Big changes ahead for The Compass Experiment

Mahoning Matters and The Longmont Leader pivoting to further sustainability Photo by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash When we kicked off The Compass Experiment 18 months ago, we knew our mission was a tough one. We set out to create local, independent news websites that can become financially self-sustaining. […]
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