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Postmedia announces closures of community newspapers

Postmedia Network Canada Corp. is closing six more newspapers in Ontario and Alberta and ending print production at three others, while also announcing another round of staff layoffs and voluntary buyouts aimed at cutting staff by 10 per cent, reports the Globe and Mail. The papers to be shut […]
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New study reinforces the value of community newspapers

A recently-released study shows the impact that community newspapers continue to have. The study was conducted by Totum Research in January and February of more than 2,000 Canadian adults. It shows that 88 per cent of Canadians read a newspaper on any platform each week. Newspaper access is also […]
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Press Pause

Press Pause Investigation into a meeting of council for the Regional Municipality of Niagara on December 7, 2017. Accessible PDF version of the Ombudsman’s final report on the investigation into a meeting of council for the Regional Municipality of Niagara in December 2017 Investigation into a meeting of council […]
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A Brave New Way to Fund Journalism

Brave browser blocks ads, and rewards content publishers based on the time you spend on their sites. Publications in Canada and abroad are trying a find ways to survive as ad revenues plummet. StarMetro, which recently re-launched as a unified version of the former Toronto Star and various Metro […]
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The future of local news is one bound with our own

The future of local news is sobering but not without some measure of hope. By illuminating both the values and challenges besetting local journalism, we can reimagine a new day for local news. In 2016, the world witnessed a dramatic political shift as Brexit in the United Kingdom, followed […]
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The future of local news is one bound with our own

The future of local news is sobering but not without some measure of hope. By illuminating both the values and challenges besetting local journalism, we can reimagine a new day for local news. In 2016, the world witnessed a dramatic political shift as Brexit in the United Kingdom, followed […]
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Water in a news desert: New Jersey is spending $5 million to fund innovation in local news

The dollar amount isn’t huge, and it will barely put a dent in the crisis of local news. But it’s also an official statement that communities’ information voids are a problem worthy of government attention. Compared to its peers, the United States is notoriously stingy when it comes to […]
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Can the CBC become a local broadcaster again?

In the last half-century, waves of budget cuts and consolidations have transformed the CBC into a primarily national broadcaster. Regional directors have relatively smaller budgets and less control over them. Most stand-alone, regionally produced documentary and variety shows have disappeared. — When I was a boy growing up in […]
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As Canadian stations expand local news, experts wonder how successful it will be

TORONTO — A year after Canada’s broadcast regulator demanded that English-language TV stations devote more time to local news, some networks are now doing just that. Bell Media recently announced it’s adding 5 p.m. newscasts to all its local CTV stations, and Rogers is expanding its local newscast format […]
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Radical model could be key to creating new community newspapers across Canada

By Nick Fillmore News outlets in Canadian communities are falling like bowling pins. At least 171 media organizations in 138 communities closed between 2008 and this January, according to the Local News Research Project , a project led by Ryerson School of Journalism. By comparison, only 51 new outlets […]
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