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3 ways publishers are experimenting with hyperlocal news

Even as we see growth in newspaper subscribers, there’s a perception that it is mainly national titles that have benefited. This is true in the case of the US, where The New York Times and The Washington Post account for more than half of all online news subscriptions. Some […]
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First Cohort of “Niche Media Entrepreneurs” Selected for New Certificate Program

The Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism has chosen its inaugural cohort of 20 media entrepreneurs. They’ll start the virtual program on Oct. 13 to develop newsletters, podcasts, local sites, and other niche news products serving their audiences and communities. Participants in this […]
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Our Startups Lab will coach aspiring news entrepreneurs

Programming Director The opportunity was obvious to me: I wanted to create an email newsletter that explained complex stories to help readers make sense of what was happening in their city. So my cofounder and I created a Google Slides presentation outlining our intended audience, editorial mission and back-of-the-napkin […]
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“Politics as a chronic stressor”: News about politics bums you out and can make you feel ill — but it also makes you take action

“Daily political events consistently evoked negative emotions [which] predicted worse day-to-day psychological and physical health, but also greater motivation to take action aimed at changing the political system that evoked the negative emotions in the first place.” RELATED ARTICLE RELATED ARTICLE Who would buy a product that reliably makes […]
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Christopher Curtis: Why I’m quitting Postmedia to test a new model of journalism

I think about death. I pedal furiously into the night, until lactic acid burns my quads, until the trailer parks and pizza parlours by the lake give way to the hills outside Oka. I pedal beyond the streetlights and the steel towers sending radio waves across the valley. I […]
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Will nonprofit journalism rules now on the books help news organizations in Canada?

Long-awaited updates now offer path for news media to issue tax receipts to donors. But the road to philanthropic journalism is paved with Canada Revenue Agency rules, uncertainty about Canadians’ willingness to give Canadian news organizations looking to set up as nonprofits that issue tax receipts to donors must […]
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The ethics of reporting on incels

Six key strategies for effective and responsible journalism When the highly anticipated Joker movie premièred last fall, some film critics and journalists seized upon the moment to invoke the apparent thematic connection to incels – an internet community established more than two decades ago as a “lonely-hearts” style forum […]
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In Our Words: Cutting funds for community news, CBC a failing strategy

You may have noticed the federal Conservatives have a new leader. Erin O’Toole got the job and is now opposition leader and possibly a future Prime Minister. After O’Toole won, I went to his website to check his platform. There’s some mistakes there – for instance, saying he’d support […]
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Hundreds of Canadian radio, TV stations could close due to coronavirus: study

WATCH: Hundreds of Canadian radio, TV stations could close due to pandemic, study finds As many as 40 local television outlets and 200 Canadian radio stations could be forced to close in the next three years as the financial pressures faced by media companies intensify under the COVID-19 pandemic […]
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How we’re transforming LION Publishers into the destination for news entrepreneurs

Photo by Micheile Henderson via Unsplash If we want to help preserve the impact of good journalism, we must support journalism entrepreneurship that leads to financially sustainable news organizations. And this is most important for communities that have been historically underrepresented or mischaracterized by existing legacy news publications. Fortunately, […]
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