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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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Looking back at a day when small-town newspaper editors could be heroes

Looking back at a day when small-town newspaper editors could be heroes

A plaque for local newspaper editor Walter “Buzz” Storey in Storey Square in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. (Photo: John W. Miller) The monument on Main Street in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, that caught my eye was not for a quarterback or soldier. This gritty industrial community of 10,000 in Southwestern Pennsylvania named its […]
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Broadening the funding conversation—and not just the spotlight—on local news

Broadening the funding conversation—and not just the spotlight—on local news

#FollowLocalJournalists. That’s the hashtag on a campaign that Twitter is launching today to encourage its users to do just that. According to Sara Fischer, of Axios , in addition to social-media activity, the campaign is running full-page ads in local papers owned by Gannett (including the Detroit Free Press […]
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How NPR Shattered The Old Model Of Broadcast Journalism

How NPR Shattered The Old Model Of Broadcast Journalism

Monday, May 3, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary of NPR’s first on-air original broadcast. In the last half century, NPR and Member stations have been essential, trusted sources for local events and cultural programming featuring music, local history, education and the arts. To mark this milestone, we’re reflecting on […]
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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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Do newsrooms have to be in … newsrooms?

Do newsrooms have to be in … newsrooms?

The Latin American and World Services desks at Associated Press headquarters in New York on March 27, 1973. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler) For years, newspapers have been downsizing — in coverage , in people , and in buildings . That continued during the pandemic when both Tribune and McClatchy closed […]
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Why local journalism must be considered infrastructure

Why local journalism must be considered infrastructure

President Biden ’s infrastructure bill has sparked debate over what qualifies. Is broadband infrastructure? Of course it is — and so are other key components of our information systems, especially local journalism. Local news serves our critical information needs, particularly regarding vital issues such as vaccines, elections and public […]
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Torstar Corporate Executive Announcements

Torstar Corporate Executive Announcements

TORONTO, April 27, 2021 /CNW/ – Torstar announced today a series of executive leadership moves that are effective immediately. Torstar President and CEO John Boynton is moving to the role as Vice Chair, NordStar Capital, the holding company for Torstar, and President, Digital, NordStar. In this new role, Mr. […]
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It’s easy to hate ‘the media.’ But local journalism is essential (and holy) work.

It’s easy to hate ‘the media.’ But local journalism is essential (and holy) work.

Editor’s Note: The Moral Economy is a new series that tackles key economic topics through the prism of Catholic social teaching and its care for the dignity of every person. This is the fourth article in the series. The United States, a nation built on newspapers, has journalism in […]
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