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Looking back at a day when small-town newspaper editors could be heroes

Looking back at a day when small-town newspaper editors could be heroes

A plaque for local newspaper editor Walter “Buzz” Storey in Storey Square in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. (Photo: John W. Miller) The monument on Main Street in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, that caught my eye was not for a quarterback or soldier. This gritty industrial community of 10,000 in Southwestern Pennsylvania named its […]
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Broadening the funding conversation—and not just the spotlight—on local news

Broadening the funding conversation—and not just the spotlight—on local news

#FollowLocalJournalists. That’s the hashtag on a campaign that Twitter is launching today to encourage its users to do just that. According to Sara Fischer, of Axios , in addition to social-media activity, the campaign is running full-page ads in local papers owned by Gannett (including the Detroit Free Press […]
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Weighing different paths to funding local news

Weighing different paths to funding local news

As discussions on how to help save local news continue, new bills and ideas have come to the fore. Independent newspapers are coalescing around the Local Journalism Sustainability Act which proposes direct subsidies (in the form of tax credits) for news subscribers, local journalists and small business advertisers. Sweden […]
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Fake news hampers COVID fight

Fake news hampers COVID fight

Advertisement Advertise With Us FILE Protesters are seen during a rally in opposition to COVID-related health measures outside of Brandon City Hall earlier this year. How do you convince people to take measures against the spread of COVID-19 when they dismiss it as “just a flu?” What about convincing […]
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How do audiences decide what news to trust? Fairness and accuracy aren’t the only things that matter

How do audiences decide what news to trust? Fairness and accuracy aren’t the only things that matter

A new Reuters Institute report finds that editorial standards and journalistic practices may be less important for trust in news than audience impressions about brand reputations and the look and feel of how information is presented. What do people really mean when they say they do not trust the […]
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Stopping misinformation means fixing the relationship between journalism and PR

Article content THE CONVERSATION This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: Jaigris Hodson, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University Public relations and journalism exist […]
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Is local journalism dying? Look closer.

Is local journalism dying? Look closer.

Downtown historic Livingston, Alabama, buildings, including the location for the Sumter County Record Journal, on June 5, 2020. (Shutterstock) “Chaos often breeds life when order breeds habit,” wrote Henry Adams. So it is for the news business today. It is fashionable in some quarters to say local journalism is […]
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Keeping opinion local: The benefits of cutting national politics from opinion sections

Keeping opinion local: The benefits of cutting national politics from opinion sections

When news organizations face cuts, opinion editors and writers are some of the first on the chopping block: Their work can be replaced by that of national syndicated columnists, saving precious dollars. But new research suggests that the long-term effects of that decision may be detrimental to local news […]
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7 questions to help local media rebound in 2021

7 questions to help local media rebound in 2021

Report Highlights After a year of battering, newsrooms must focus on steps to recovery. Here is a short list of actions to rebuild and reconceive journalism that recognizes our changed world. Tell us any progress you’ve already made on any of these topics, and what questions you have. These […]
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In Vermont, one hyperlocal newsroom aims to fill a void

In Vermont, one hyperlocal newsroom aims to fill a void

When the Waterbury Record ceased publication at the end of March, Waterbury, Vermont, was on its way to becoming another news desert. At the time, Lisa Scagliotti—a longtime Waterbury resident who used to work as managing editor of two of the Record ’s sister weeklies—was running a journalism internship […]
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