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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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‘Real journalism.’ Inside the battle to save local newspapers.

‘Real journalism.’ Inside the battle to save local newspapers.

There was something about the item on the police blotter that puzzled Larry Hobbs, a former farmhand and store clerk turned local newspaper reporter. A young Black man out for a jog had been shot and killed in a quiet subdivision on a Sunday afternoon. The police went quiet. […]
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Building trust in media: Users don’t see it the same way as journalists, new studies show

Building trust in media: Users don’t see it the same way as journalists, new studies show

(Ren LaForme/Poynter) The evergreen topic of “trust in media” has been getting a fresh examination of late. Several new studies suggest that users and producers of journalism are not necessarily on the same page. The Reuters Institute at Oxford University released a report Thursday that found that journalists seem […]
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