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When Local Newspapers Fold, Polarization Rises. Here’s What You Can Do

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, rising energy costs and our ongoing struggles with the coronavirus pandemic take up a lot of our attention these days. But there’s more going on a lot closer to home — you just might not know it, because your local newspaper is gone. More than […]
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How college students can help save local news

An Endicott College student covers Election Day in November 2020 in a Massachusetts community as part of the college’s news-academic partnership with Gannett Media. The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and […]
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How college students can help save local news

An Endicott College student covers Election Day in November 2020 in a Massachusetts community as part of the college’s news-academic partnership with Gannett Media. The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and […]
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Ken Doctor: 18 months after launching a local news company (in an Alden market), here’s what I’ve learned

Ken Doctor: 18 months after launching a local news company (in an Alden market), here’s what I’ve learned

“The term ‘news desert’ has been a shorthand, but the real problem here and elsewhere is that this region lacked the number of journalists it needed to thoroughly inform the public.” We called it the 3 a.m. Club. RELATED ARTICLE We converged in Denver in mid-October last year, between […]
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Canadian Media Ownership Index

Canadian Media Ownership Index

Our goal is to provide a better understanding of the Canadian Mainstream Media in a time of great digital proliferation where radical transparency may help rebuild trust. Some outlets on this index may not be deeemed journalism by many. We list those media orgs with over 12,000 monthly uniques […]
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What does the career path look like for today’s local journalists?

What does the career path look like for today’s local journalists?

Plus: How newsroom ideology affects slant in the news, why burned-out/overworked reporters are quitting — and is the inverted pyramid still the way to tell stories online? Editor’s note: Longtime Nieman Lab readers know the bylines of Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis . Mark wrote the weekly This Week […]
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Report for America spotlights important new trend – creation of ‘Community News Funds’

Report for America spotlights important new trend – creation of ‘Community News Funds’

Report for America today released a report that identified a major new trend – the creation of “Community News Funds” – and outlined how the new funds can be created. The new strategy involves community foundations working in conjunction with local news leaders in creating a single, permanent fund […]
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Community media keeps outpacing mainstream media

Community media keeps outpacing mainstream media

“The year 2022 will further propel the movement that ignited the new U.S. American mainstream — one that will be organically diverse, increasingly inclusive, and factually equitable for generations to come.” After not one but two challenging pandemic years, we’ve learned that media makers embedded in their communities have […]
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Holiday gift that everyone would appreciate — more local news

Holiday gift that everyone would appreciate — more local news

With the announcement by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) that he will not be supporting President Biden ’s Build Back Better (BBB) legislation, its highly uncertain future lies ahead in the coming weeks. The prospects for reviving the downward curve for local journalism looks equally bleak, too. That’s because BBB […]
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More than 50 local newsrooms launched during the pandemic

More than 50 local newsrooms launched during the pandemic

The pandemic changed the news business and, in a lot of ways, not for the better. It accelerated layoffs . It hastened the end of more than 100 news organizations . It led a handful of newsrooms losing their actual newsrooms. But in some communities, the pandemic also clarified […]
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