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One California newspaper’s route to survival is an innovative ‘membership plan’

(Photo by Ron Reason) IDYLLWILD, California – It’s been a tough year for the newspaper industry, with hundreds of jobs lost at large publishing companies like Buzzfeed , HuffPost and Gannett , whose ax falls particularly hard on some smaller U.S. markets already scraping by for decent news coverage. […]
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Seven ways journalists can up their social media game

It’s never been easier for journalists to interact with their sources and audiences through social media. But finding the right mix can be challenging. It’s never been easier for journalists to interact with their sources and audiences through social media. But finding the right mix can be challenging. Social […]
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‘Democracy . . . is about to die in Youngstown’ with closing of the local newspaper

Youngstown, Ohio, area residents attend a town meeting following the announcement that the Vindicator newspaper would be closing. (Jeff Swensen for The Washington Post) YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Mere moments after the start of the hastily called community forum, the tears started to flow. “Gobsmacked,” was how one Youngstown reader […]
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How a hyperlocal startup is “reclaiming and informing the narrative” of North Omaha

This case study on how NOISE (Omaha, Neb.) fosters community development through hyperlocal media is from the Wyncote Foundation’s 2019 Building Stronger Communities Through Media report . It is the first in a series on innovations in local journalism, public media and storytelling we’re republishing with their permission and […]
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Facebook News Tab is to launch for publishers

What’s Happening: Facebook is giving human-curated journalism another shot, after an infamous failure in the aftermath of charges of political bias. A team of about 10 people will be in charge of choosing high-quality articles that will appear at the top of the News Tab. Why it Matters: Following […]
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News you can use: When local media outlets go dark, everyone loses — even if people don’t realize it right away

It was the biggest business story most people missed this week. A large company announced it was dropping an unprofitable business unit, which will result in 150 people in our region losing their jobs. The potential cost to society is much greater. That’s what happens when a news organization […]
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The next two things Ottawa should do right now for Canadian journalism

The hardships of the news business are hardly news these days. But when six French-language dailies in Quebec and Ontario revealed last week that they were on the brink of bankruptcy, the François Legault government was moved to listen. It immediately provided a $5-million emergency grant to help the […]
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Digital startups see opportunity in local journalism

While the journalism world was reeling post-Great Recession, then-college student Tom Sofield experienced his first taste of digital media success. “We started an online blog for a class and people started reading it. It was kind of accidental,” said the 28-year-old. That blog was the precursor to his first […]
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