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Canada’s Online News Act: Repeating Australia’s mistakes?

The government should reconsider the plan for a bargaining code between news outlets and tech giants and consider revenue redistribution instead. The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently tabled the Online News Act , a proposed news media bargaining code law similar to one that Australian authorities have […]
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How do journalists reach those suspicious of media? First, by reporting fully and fairly

Survey finds that while trust in traditional media is up, so are concerns journalists purposely mislead people through falsehoods and exaggeration. At a time when issues of health, social restrictions and economic anxiety have dominated the news, it’s perhaps no surprise that concerns about trust in media and misinformation […]
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Ken Doctor: 18 months after launching a local news company (in an Alden market), here’s what I’ve learned

Ken Doctor: 18 months after launching a local news company (in an Alden market), here’s what I’ve learned

“The term ‘news desert’ has been a shorthand, but the real problem here and elsewhere is that this region lacked the number of journalists it needed to thoroughly inform the public.” We called it the 3 a.m. Club. RELATED ARTICLE We converged in Denver in mid-October last year, between […]
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Canadian Media Ownership Index

Canadian Media Ownership Index

Our goal is to provide a better understanding of the Canadian Mainstream Media in a time of great digital proliferation where radical transparency may help rebuild trust. Some outlets on this index may not be deeemed journalism by many. We list those media orgs with over 12,000 monthly uniques […]
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Audience engagement ≠ community engagement

Audience engagement ≠ community engagement

“Newsrooms won’t find the key to any of this in their analytics.” Journalists have conflated audience engagement and community engagement for way too long — and in 2022, we’ll finally start treating them as distinct, complementary newsroom functions. The first is focused on building habit, loyalty, and audience revenue. […]
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More than 50 local newsrooms launched during the pandemic

More than 50 local newsrooms launched during the pandemic

The pandemic changed the news business and, in a lot of ways, not for the better. It accelerated layoffs . It hastened the end of more than 100 news organizations . It led a handful of newsrooms losing their actual newsrooms. But in some communities, the pandemic also clarified […]
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Is the “journalism crisis” just a capitalism crisis?

Is the “journalism crisis” just a capitalism crisis?

The number of newspaper employees in U.S. newsrooms dropped by about half between 2008 and 2019, according to a report from Pew Research Center. Then the pandemic accelerated the damage. In response, the number of unions forming across newsrooms is exploding, alongside a transformation in the industry’s understanding of […]
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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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Bridging the Divide Between Local News and Online Platforms

Bridging the Divide Between Local News and Online Platforms

Download Bridging the Divide Between Local News and Online Platforms In 2021, the Credibility Coalition, in partnership with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard convened a series of conversations aimed at establishing greater understanding between local news outlets and online platforms, and examining how local news is surfaced […]
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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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