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What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

Since 2004, more than a quarter of the nation’s newspapers have closed. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem, resulting in further closures and fears among experts of a local news “ extinction-level event .” According to the Brookings Institution, more than 65 million Americans live in a county with […]
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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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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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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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Local news orgs grasp the urgency of community roots

“‘Engagement’ will get the respect it deserves as the center of excellence within local media organizations, not an offshoot concept that is often disregarded and undervalued.” Local media will recognize in 2021 that, in order to be trusted and sustainable, they will need to operationalize their whole organization around […]
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The role of local news in covering Trump’s endgame

On Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz led eleven Republican senators and senators-elect declaring their intention to vote against certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. On the same day, President Trump pressed Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger to help overturn election results in his favor; on Sunday afternoon, […]
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Digital Start-ups: Great Local News Hope or Disappointment?

As many legacy news outlets struggle to survive, industry analysts are looking to digital start-ups as a promising way to revive coverage of local news. After all, digital-only means you don’t need massive presses or barrels of ink or fleets of trucks. The barriers to publication are low, so […]
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5 Reasons that 2020 Was the Year of Nonprofit Local News

As legacy media struggled during the pandemic, many nonprofit outlets shone, with NewsMatch as a catalyst for bringing in more donations In the narrative about the struggling local news business in America, we hear mostly about layoffs, pay cuts and even closures of publications this year due to the […]
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What Journalists Can — and Can’t — Do about Media Distrust

A Trump supporter holds up a T-shirt blasting “fake news” so media could see before a rally address by President Donald Trump in October 2018, in Rochester, Minnesota Jim Mone/AP News There is a significant percentage of Americans who will always distrust us no matter how well our pieces […]
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