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Will Canada’s media survive the pandemic? Fifty papers have closed in just the last six weeks

What would happen if the town of Aylmer were to suddenly lose its weekly newspaper? “I think the politicians would be happy to see us go,” says Aylmer Express publisher John Hueston with a chuckle. The paper is not going anywhere any time soon, but it serves as a […]
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In Canada, a government program to support local news tries to determine who’s most deserving

Before the novel coronavirus struck the United States, there was already a small-but-measurable groundswell of support for more government support for local news. But the virus and its devastating effects on advertising — even as the audience for local news has exploded — has accelerated that discussion. (Most recently, […]
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Hello, is it facts we’re looking for?

It was mid-January and the Poynter staff were preparing for another ambitious year. After all, in 2019, Poynter trained 64,582 journalists, educators, students and citizens; hosted 394 seminars, workshops and custom teaching programs; trained people from all 50 states, traveled to 22 countries and taught on-location at 470 organizations; […]
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Nonprofit newsrooms are keeping their heads above water

Nonprofit news organizations, in their dependence on foundation funding and individual giving, have proved less vulnerable to the economic crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic than their for-profit counterparts. The Institute for Nonprofit News indicated in its recent index report that, so far, audiences for many nonprofit news publications […]
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“Engaged journalism” is taking us back to the “public journalism” debates of the 1990s

Plus new research into algorithmic polarization, computational news discovery, gender differences in political news, and more. Editor’s note : Longtime Nieman Lab readers know the bylines of Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis . Mark wrote the weekly This Week in Review column for us from 2010 to 2014; Seth’s […]
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The New York Times Is Great, but Who’ll Cover Your Community?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the local news industry was “a patient who already had all the underlying health conditions,” said Mi-Ai Parrish, the former publisher of the Arizona Republic. Now, local news is a patient in critical condition. Each day brings a new round of layoffs and pay cuts […]
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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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