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How local journalism can upend the ‘fake news’ narrative

“For the first time media is the least trusted institution globally,” Edelman, the global PR and marketing firm concluded in its annual worldwide study on trust in institutions like the media, business and government. Local journalists are often the only journalists that most people will ever meet. teka12/Shutterstock.com These […]
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18 striking findings from 2018

Pew Research Center takes the pulse of Americans and people around the world on a host of issues every year. We explore public opinion on topics ranging from foreign policy to cyberbullying, as well as demographic trends, such as the emergence of the post-Millennial generation and changes in the […]
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NewsMatch opens with more than $3 million in matching support for nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S.

Go to NewsMatch.org today to donate to a trusted, nonprofit news organizations Washington, D.C. — NewsMatch, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news organizations, launches today in newsrooms across the country and online at newsmatch.org. The campaign doubles donations to 155 nonprofit newsrooms in nearly every state […]
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What is journalism’s role in an increasingly divided world?

Why we’re bringing more complexity into our reporting A couple of summers ago I was back in Alberta for a funeral when I found myself sitting in the back of a limo with several guys from my hometown in the northwestern corner of the province. Almost all of them […]
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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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