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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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Are media coops the business model of the future?

On a wet September evening in Shoreditch, East London, the editors of New Internationalist meet their magazine’s new owners for the first time. The team has just completed a redesign with hip London content agency TCO, who volunteered their basement gallery for the launch. Over the roar of an […]
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New documentary will look at state of Canadian journalism industry

Shattered is directed by Lindsay Fitzgerald, a graduate of Ryerson’s journalism and documentary-media MFA programs. While Canadian news outlets continue to face a flurry of job losses and broken business models, a new documentary will follow four reporters trying to navigate through the changing industry. Shattered is still in […]
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Daily newspaper older than Canada cut down to weekly

Twelve years before Canada became a country, reporters and editors at the Pembroke Daily Observer were covering daily news in the thriving lumber town and putting the paper to print each morning. Next month, that 163-year-old tradition will come to an end. The newspaper’s parent company, Postmedia, announced Tuesday […]
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Where is Ottawa’s help for Canada’s newspapers?

This being National Newspaper Week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to send out a tweet extolling the value of newspapers to our democracy. “In an ever-changing world with an ever-changing media landscape, our local newspapers play a vital role in protecting our democracy,” he wrote. “We salute the papers […]
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Over 250 Canadian news media outlets have closed in the last 10 years

According to data collected by the Local News Research Project, a majority of closures have been community papers. Over the last 10 years, the number of media outlets in Canada has dwindled — and not enough new media outlets have sprung up to replace them. According to data collected […]
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Local news cut in half, not-for-profit funding models emerging, reports say

The number of articles generated by community newspapers in Canada has declined by almost half over the last decade, and many news organizations are trending toward not-for-profit business models to make up for a dramatic decline in advertising revenues, say a pair of new studies released Tuesday. News coverage […]
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Local news needs support ‘now more than ever,’ says campaign

With newspaper advertising revenues decreasing and communities across the country increasingly at risk of losing local news, the time to support journalism is “now more than ever,” says the professional body that represents newspapers in Canada. News Media Canada is hoping to spread that message far and wide during […]
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