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How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences

How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences

SUMMARY The Center for Media Engagement partnered with the Dallas Free Press to explore how Dallas residents — particularly those in the disinvested neighborhoods of West Dallas and South Dallas — perceive local media and how they think that media can better serve their communities. Those participating in the […]
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Building with community: How The Triibe grew into its ecosystem

Building with community: How The Triibe grew into its ecosystem

Photo Credit: Chantal Redmond // The TRiiBE Local News Lab is partnering with the Engaged Journalism Lab and Solution Set to showcase Black-led local news organizations that have been putting engaged journalism into action to meet their communities’ news and information needs while developing sustainable business models. As industry-focused […]
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How The Dallas Morning News expanded its hyperlocal journalism through a web hub and newsletter initiative

How The Dallas Morning News expanded its hyperlocal journalism through a web hub and newsletter initiative

This is a series on Better News to a) showcase innovative/experimental ideas that emerge from the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative and b) share replicable tactics that benefit the news industry as a whole. This “win” comes from Nicole Stockdale , director of digital strategy at The Dallas Morning News . […]
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The local news crisis will be solved one community at a time

The local news crisis will be solved one community at a time

Though the collapse of community journalism is real enough, we believe that its causes are only partly understood. Local journalism is in crisis. “America’s local news has reached its death spiral phase” proclaimed the Columbia Journalism Review in 2018. Two years later, an oft-cited study out of the University […]
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New study: What people tell us about their news habits when they’re not being asked

New study: What people tell us about their news habits when they’re not being asked

It’s a common question that vexes survey researchers who study the media: how much do people’s responses to news consumption questions align with their actual behaviors? The sheer scale and variety of the digital news environment makes it tougher than ever for individuals to recall where they get their […]
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Ad Initiative Saves Community Media Outlets that Save Lives

Ad Initiative Saves Community Media Outlets that Save Lives

In January, the Center for Community Media launched the Advertising Boost Initiative (ABI) , a unique program that works with the New York City government to make sure half of its agencies’ print and online advertising dollars go to community media outlets. As dozens of local newsrooms lay off […]
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How a national association is building a robust independent media landscape in Canada

How a national association is building a robust independent media landscape in Canada

(Screenshot, Press Forward) Ownership (and profit) in Canadian news media has historically been concentrated in the hands of the few. TorStar (the company behind the Toronto Star), The Globe and Mail (the Thomson family) and Postmedia own 41 of the 74 daily newspapers listed by News Media Canada in […]
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Media trust hits new low

Media trust hits new low

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Star Tribune via Getty Images Trust in traditional media has declined to an all-time low, and many news professionals are determined to do something about it. Why it matters: Faith in society’s central institutions, especially in government and the media, is the glue that […]
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