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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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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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Hyperlocal network launches fresh expansion bid after cash boost

Hyperlocal network launches fresh expansion bid after cash boost

Journalists have been urged to join a subscription-based hyperlocal news network after it received a four-figure cash boost. Today News has renewed calls for new members to come forward after its founder site, Altrincham Today , recorded more than a million annual visitors for the first time. HTFP reported […]
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Introducing The Resolve: a powerful new platform for Black, Indigenous and people of colour voices and stories in Canada

Introducing The Resolve: a powerful new platform for Black, Indigenous and people of colour voices and stories in Canada

Founder Matthew DiMera explains why he quit his former editor-in-chief job, and how he plans to tackle systemic racism in Canadian journalism As a Black queer journalist, I’ve dealt with racism and homophobia in newsrooms across Canada. I’ve experienced everything from endless micro-aggressions to blatant discrimination. That’s why I […]
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