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A fourth-generation newspaper rides the waves of change

Why a 109-year old, family-owned Alberta outlet remains optimistic about the future despite a shifting rural population This series was funded by readers like you through donations to the J-Source Patreon and FutureFunder at Carleton University. In the summer of 2018, Angela Long embarked on a 22,000-kilometre journey, traversing […]
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The spirit of (local) radio: How one tiny Ontario station keeps listeners tuning in

Since it was founded in 2006, the station has made its home in Dayle Gowan’s milk house. (David Rockne Corrigan) AMHERST ISLAND — Radio host Brian Little takes a quick break from playing hit songs from 1975 on his weekly Friday Morning Show to throw to Keith Miller and […]
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More than 100 news outlets in Ont. have closed since 2008

It’s about trust. Our relationship with our readers is built on transparency, honesty and integrity. As such, we have launched a trust initiative to tell you who we are and how and why we do what we do. This article is part of that project. More than 100 local […]
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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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Funding journalism means defining who’s a journalist – not a bad thing

The federal government’s recent announcement of financial support for news organizations has been met with understandably wide-ranging reactions — from relief to skepticism, and worse. Among other measures, the package will incentivize consumers to sign up for digital news subscriptions and subsidize publishers through a tax credit on salaries […]
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From the Field: Issues in Local News

In this special publication, we explore the changing role of local news in our current media reality and beyond. It brings together peer-reviewed papers by academics who gathered for a dynamic and engaging international conference in 2017. The collection explores different facets of local news, and asks how we […]
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Journalism professor asks Brighton, Cramahe councils to support local news

Northumberland County — A group of volunteers concerned about “the crisis” in local news caused by newspaper closures has launched a website that points to stories still being produced across the county that appear online. The Northumberland Hub project was begun “in direct response to concerns raised” at a […]
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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 journalism can thrive in the digital age

The World Wide Web is now comprised of more than 1.7 billion websites, an explosion of expression beyond anything we have ever seen or could have fully imagined. The internet exponentially expanded both the marketplace for information and the marketplace for ideas. It has brought extraordinary value to our […]
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