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Life in a News Desert: Questions with Nick Mathews

Nick Mathews, PhD student in Media Studies at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota. The number of failed newspapers and the rise of news deserts in the United States is the wide-angle story. But if you zoom in, you discover how the […]
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Why I’m hopeful about local news in 2021

When you look back at how local news fared in 2020, you might be surprised by how hopeful I am for the future. Things have been pretty rough this year. Local newspapers, public media, digital startups, and even independent nonprofit local news outlets faced debilitating layoffs and budget shortfalls […]
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Can Spotify be the one to convince people to pay for podcasts?

The Swedish music giant is apparently testing out podcast-only subscription offers. But the market for paid premium podcasts is pointedly unproven. More than a decade ago, Spotify was the company that began to convince people to pay a monthly subscription for the world’s music. Before that, music was mostly […]
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‘Go in small with clear-eyed expectations’: How a crop of startups are trying to make for-profit local news work

An unlikely trend is developing in the media industry: people think they can make real money from local news. It’s happening in different formats and in different locations. Axios will release newsletters in four markets early next year. David Plotz, formerly the CEO of Atlas Obscura and editor-in-chief of […]
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Journalism’s Dunbar number: Audience scales, community does not.

This guest post by Damon Kiesow, Knight Chair at The Missouri School of Journalism, was originally posted at Medium . It has been republished here with permission. News is not the best business model. It is expensive to gather, risky to publish and it depreciates in value faster than […]
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‘Go in small with clear-eyed expectations’: How a crop of startups are trying to make for-profit local news work

An unlikely trend is developing in the media industry: people think they can make real money from local news. It’s happening in different formats and in different locations. Axios will release newsletters in four markets early next year. David Plotz, formerly the CEO of Atlas Obscura and editor-in-chief of […]
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Daily news podcasts: building new habits in the shadow of coronavirus

Introduction and key findings | Methodology | Daily news podcasts in the wider ecosystem | The growth of daily news podcasting in six countries | The impact of coronavirus on consumption and production | Case studies and publisher strategies across countries | Future developments and conclusions | References | […]
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How Indiegraf helped launch six local news outlets during COVID-19’s first wave

The reality sank in for Brandi Schier, owner, publisher and managing editor of Sun Peaks Independent News, on March 16. Sun Peaks Resort, the pillar of the town’s local economy, announced it would close for the season 48 hours later. Sun Peaks is a small but fast-growing mountain town […]
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What we think we know and what we want to know: perspectives on trust in news in a changing world

Passengers on a subway train, Brasilia, Brazil, July 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado Introduction | What we think we know | What we want to know | The path ahead for the Trust in News Project | References | Acknowledgements | About the Authors | Download a PDF version | Read […]
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