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Case Studies in Collaborative Local Journalism

Executive Summary In this report, we analyse the potential for collaborative journalism initiatives to address the challenges facing local news. Although collaboration has been examined in the context of national and international partnerships, often among larger news organisations, few studies investigate these efforts at the local level, particularly in […]
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Chicago Journalism Town Hall Tackles Tough Finances, Elusive Diversity

About 300 people attended a Chicago journalism town hall Sunday that was characterized by sharp comments about the search for financial stability and the need for diversity both in newsroom staffs and service to audiences. The three-hour discussion came at a time of turmoil in Chicago’s news industry, with […]
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What will determine the survival of local news?

Credit: Pexels The future of local news is perhaps not all doom and gloom. Publishers have a wide range of tools at their fingertips to build news products around the wants and needs of their readers. In a podcast with Journalism.co.uk , executive director of Spiegel Tom Collinger , […]
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Poynter receives funding from Google News Initiative to help local newsrooms reach new, younger audiences through video

Photo collage credit: Sara O’Brien, Poynter. The Minneapolis Star Tribune, WGBH News in Boston and 10News WTSP in Tampa, Florida, will receive resources and guidance to create video content on platforms popular with teens through this new program, VidSpark. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 2, 2020) — The Poynter Institute […]
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Less Local News Means Less Democracy

Newspaper vending machines in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island in southwest Florida The office building four blocks from Florida’s state Capitol carries the same name in bold letters that it boasted when it opened in 1988: Florida Press Center. For the last 30 years, the modest three-story structure with […]
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When My Newspaper Died

In hardluck Youngstown, Ohio a reporter covers one last big story for his hometown newspaper. This story is published in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review. When the Vindicator died, I knew it meant I’d have to leave my hometown. Again. The shuttering of Youngstown, Ohio’s daily newspaper in the […]
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Want to start your own local online news outlet? With a new staff and a $1 million grant, LION Publishers wants to do more to help

“The daily newspaper reporter might say, ‘You’re a community journalist, that’s so cute.’ But the fact is we’re professional and have our own organization.” After leaving her job as the managing editor of a newspaper owned by Digital First Media “due to differences with this company’s management” last year, […]
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Stop saying local news is dying

Image via Shutterstock We started 2019 with Gannett layoffs at local newspapers , we’re ending 2019 with Gannett layoffs at local newspapers, and Ken Doctor’s look at continued newspaper consolidation in 2020 is devastating . It’s quite the end to quite a decade . News deserts, or places without […]
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Growing local news deserts endanger democracy, study finds

Over the last 15 years, local newspapers across the U.S. have lost more than $35 billion in advertising revenue and half of their staffs, while at least 2,000 news outlets have shuttered during that time, according to a new study by the non-profit PEN America. Viktorya Vilk, who co-authored […]
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We can’t fight fake news without saving local journalism

Local newspapers need more help fighting noxious online content and disinformation. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo One of the very few heroes of the UK election campaign is James Mitchinson, editor of the Yorkshire Post. Mitchinson’s email to a reader who would not believe a (true) story about a sick […]
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