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The How vs. Where of News Consumption

The most compelling transformation in media consumption is not really where people are getting news but how. That is the key message, if one looks closely, in the findings of the newest biennial media consumption survey from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The data […]
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The Personal News Cycle: How Americans choose to get their 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 Introduction Contrary to the conventional wisdom about media consumption dividing along generational or political lines, a new survey finds that the nature of […]
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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 not to be a parachute partner: ProPublica’s figured out how to collaborate with local newsrooms without bigfooting them

“We’re really proud of our work at the Southern Illinoisan, but we have a flashlight, not a lighthouse.” Eight months into its first year, ProPublica’s local reporting network has helped: a radio reporter in Orlando survey first responders about PTSD; a newspaper reporter in southern Illinois scrutinize the Department […]
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Finally some good news: Trust in news is up, especially for local media

Culture Illustration by Ren LaForme This is a summary of the study with commentary from other experts on media trust issues and background on other similar studies. To see the scholars’ paper, click here . After decades of declining trust in the press, coupled with relentless rhetorical attacks on […]
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Did the Fall of Local News Bring Us Authoritarianism in Washington?

Rusty Clark/Flickr The decline of local news is one of those developments that almost everyone knows can’t be good but almost no one feels compelled to do much about. Part of the reason is that the trend seems to be driven by market forces that we couldn’t control even […]
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Survey Results: News, local news and opinion

A survey by the News Co/Lab at Arizona State University and Google Surveys. Executive Summary The News Co/Lab at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with help from Google Surveys, polled more than 6,000 U.S.-based web users from May 7 to May 10, 2018, […]
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5 ways journalists can regain trust from readers

Journalists overestimate how much Americans know and care about journalism. The general public doesn’t care as much about press freedom and the First Amendment as we hope. They don’t know as much about the basic principles of journalism as we assume. And they sure as hell don’t trust journalism […]
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Where is Ottawa’s help for Canada’s newspapers?

This being National Newspaper Week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to send out a tweet extolling the value of newspapers to our democracy. “In an ever-changing world with an ever-changing media landscape, our local newspapers play a vital role in protecting our democracy,” he wrote. “We salute the papers […]
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