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Rebuilding Local News

How government can help revitalize local journalism while preserving editorial independence Local news coverage is collapsing. Even before COVID-19, the number of reporters had declined 60 percent since 2000, a job decline similar in scale to the coal industry. Some 1,800 communities now have no local news outlet, and […]
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Small-market newspapers: the view from on the ground

Small-market newspapers: the view from on the ground

As recently as six years ago, Minnesota’s Cook County News-Herald employed seven full-time staff. Now, there are two working in the office, in addition to some remote help for advertising and layout from staff in New Jersey working on weekly assignments. In a county of 5,400, the paper has […]
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Can Report for America build trust in local news? A view from two communities

Can Report for America build trust in local news? A view from two communities

Last June, Report for America (RFA) fellow Will Wright was looking for interviews in Eastern Kentucky. He was standing at a temporary health care clinic where hundreds of people were lining up to receive free medical and dental services offered by the United States Army. He decided to try […]
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How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences

How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences

SUMMARY The Center for Media Engagement partnered with the Dallas Free Press to explore how Dallas residents — particularly those in the disinvested neighborhoods of West Dallas and South Dallas — perceive local media and how they think that media can better serve their communities. Those participating in the […]
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Newspapers are dying; long live local news

Newspapers are dying; long live local news

About a quarter of the newsroom at the Chicago Tribune has left the building, accepting buyout offers from new owners Alden Global Capital, also known as the “ worst owners in journalism ” according to a former editor in their chain. Local news is dying , right? Well, not […]
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Local News Ideas-to-Action Series

Centering Audiences for Accountability and Government Reporting The American Press Institute is launching a new effort to support accountability and government reporting that better prioritizes the needs of local communities. For news organizations and communities to thrive, coverage of local governance needs to be built for and with the […]
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How anti-vaxxers and ivermectin advocates have co-opted US local news

How anti-vaxxers and ivermectin advocates have co-opted US local news

Last November, the WEAR-TV news station in northern Florida aired a segment on Dr Benjamin Marble, a local doctor who created a free telehealth website offering consultations for Covid-19. Marble, the reporter said, had made it so “patients don’t have to pay a cent” for coronavirus treatment and believed […]
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When the Local Paper Shrank, These Journalists Started an Alternative

When Jon Mitchell, the mayor of New Bedford, Mass., delivered his state of the city address in 2019, he made an unusual plea. “Support your local paper,” he said, referring to The Standard-Times, New Bedford’s daily newspaper. “Your city needs it to function effectively.” Owned by Gannett , the […]Click here to view original web page at www.nytimes.com Continue Reading →

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Local News Ideas-to-Action Series

Centering Audiences for Accountability and Government Reporting The American Press Institute is launching a new effort to support accountability and government reporting that better prioritizes the needs of local communities. For news organizations and communities to thrive, coverage of local governance needs to be built for and with the […]Click here to view original web page at www.americanpressinstitute.org Continue Reading →

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How anti-vaxxers and ivermectin advocates have co-opted US local news

How anti-vaxxers and ivermectin advocates have co-opted US local news

Last November, the WEAR-TV news station in northern Florida aired a segment on Dr Benjamin Marble, a local doctor who created a free telehealth website offering consultations for Covid-19. Marble, the reporter said, had made it so “patients don’t have to pay a cent” for coronavirus treatment and believed […]Click here to view original web page at www.theguardian.com Continue Reading →

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