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“Is he a local boy?” Is Report for America building trust within the communities it serves?

Report for America — the ambitious two-year-old initiative from Steve Waldman and Charlie Sennott aiming to put 1,000 journalists into underserved U.S. newsrooms over five years — was modeled in part after Teach for America, another ambitious network with its own set of issues . It’s one thing to […]
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Read all about it? How local papers’ decline is starving communities of news

The continued presence of the Evening Standard, and the fact that most national media groups are based in London, means the decline in local journalism is felt most keenly outside the south-east. Illustration: Guardian Design Dead pigeons litter the abandoned offices of the Walsall Observer newspaper, where parts of […]
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Short Takes: Lessons from a failed newsletter in how to engage with your audience

Short Takes is an occasional series that captures interesting work by Missouri School of Journalism students. As part of my RJI Student Innovation Fellowship with the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colorado, a co-worker and I were given the task to start and grow a paid subscription newsletter, The Playbook, […]
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Long-Form Journalism is the Future of Print

Journalism is in trouble. Writers of articles pointing this out typically argue that this is really bad for democracy or America or whatever. Anyone who disagrees is too stupid to read this so I won’t bother to repeat this obviousness. Such writers also point out contemporaneous evidence of the […]
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News in a Digital Age

In what measurable ways did the style of news presentation in print journalism change between 1989 and 2017? In what measurable ways did the style of news presentation in broadcast journalism change between 1989 and 2017? How does the style of news presentation in broadcast journalism differ from the […]
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Cairncross: innovation in local newsrooms cannot wait any longer

Publishers and media organisations need to innovate faster to fight off competition and survive in a digital age, Dame Frances Cairncross warned at the PPA Festival (9 May 2019). The author of the independent Cairncross Review into a sustainable future for journalism added that the industry has been slow […]
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Cairncross: innovation in local newsrooms cannot wait any longer

Publishers and media organisations need to innovate faster to fight off competition and survive in a digital age, Dame Frances Cairncross warned at the PPA Festival (9 May 2019). The author of the independent Cairncross Review into a sustainable future for journalism added that the industry has been slow […]
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The Cairncross Report: first impressions

Credit: Pixabay The report of the Cairncross Review was made available to the public at midnight. This is what it recommends. An online regulator 1. A powerful new state regulator charged with securing better commercial treatment for news publishers – similar to the regulation in place to oversee fair […]
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Paths to Subscription: Why recent subscribers chose to pay for news

This research was conducted by the Media Insight Project — an initiative of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Funding for the news industry is going through an epochal change, the implications of which cannot be overstated. In the future, virtually all […]
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