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Five lessons from the Guardian’s membership strategy, three years on

Three years ago, the Guardian decided to re-evaluate its membership scheme , trialling contributions on its website, and building a team within the newsroom to oversee its growth and evolution. Since 2016, the Guardian has grown from 15,000 members to over 570,000 regular paying supporters, members and subscribers in […]
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Building trust at the local level

Community reporters have the opportunity to connect directly with readers. But are they earning reader confidence? Canadians aren’t so sure. This story was funded by the J-Source Patreon campaign Covering local news, whether at a small town TV affiliate or on the city desk of a big urban paper, […]
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How the BBC built one of the world’s largest collaborative journalism efforts focused entirely on local news

News publishers of all sizes are partnering to “save democracy” at the local level; more than 35,000 stories have been published. Three large regional news publishing companies in the U.K. executed a coordinated public condemnation in June against what they saw as the British government’s preferential treatment of the […]
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Digital Journalism Summit: The future of journalism in 13 slides

Young people are “more inclined” to pay for news than older consumers as they are used to paying for services like Netflix and Spotify, according to a top industry analyst. Enders Analysis chief executive Douglas McCabe shared this optimistic message with the Press Gazette’s Digital Journalism Summit last week […]
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How journalism can thrive in the digital age

The World Wide Web is now comprised of more than 1.7 billion websites, an explosion of expression beyond anything we have ever seen or could have fully imagined. The internet exponentially expanded both the marketplace for information and the marketplace for ideas. It has brought extraordinary value to our […]
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Are media coops the business model of the future?

On a wet September evening in Shoreditch, East London, the editors of New Internationalist meet their magazine’s new owners for the first time. The team has just completed a redesign with hip London content agency TCO, who volunteered their basement gallery for the launch. Over the roar of an […]
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Study: Successful online local news outlets often located in wealthy communities, and advertising still pays the bills

Business Michael Gordon/Shutterstock.com This piece was co-published with the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. More than a decade into the rise of the hyperlocal news website, conventional wisdom dictates that advertising alone will no longer pay the bills and digital local news publishers must diversify their […]
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As newspapers cut, grassroots solutions fuel a resurgence of local journalism

Commentary These images show the scope of California’s Mendocino wildfire — and the lengths journalists have to go to capture the photos. These were shot by Elizabeth Larson, editor and publisher of the Lake County News in Lake County, California, one of several news sites that have provided almost […]
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Problem of Local News Deserts is Widespread, Study Finds

Problem of Local News Deserts is Widespread, Study Finds DURHAM, NC — Research from Duke University provides comprehensive new evidence of the magnitude of the problem of “news deserts”– communities where news and information about critical local issues is nonexistent or severely limited. The researchers analyzed more than 16,000 […]
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When local papers stop being local

That local journalism is facing tough times is now an accepted fact. There are plenty of stories of local newspapers closing and journalists losing their jobs. But what’s been lacking in the discussion, beyond the anecdotes, is hard data. So we at the DeWitt Wallace Center’s News Measures Research […]
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