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Now we need to rebuild local newsrooms

After nearly four years swimming through a tangled morass of chaos, misinformation, and an executive power hostile to its purpose, the US media is coming up for air. The world beyond a Trump presidency promises the luxury of spare time and attention. That’s good news. But the Trump administration […]
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Community-engaged journalism is both an end and a means to survival

In the era of vulture investors, tech monopolies, and ubiquitous free internet content, the traditional financial structures that once supported journalism have splintered into bits. But so, too, have some long-standing institutional notions about what journalism is and could be. The exacerbation of the local news crisis, propelled by […]
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The future of media: more digital and more economic pain, Reuters Institute says

Men wearing protective face masks work at a printing press amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid LONDON (Reuters) – The coronavirus outbreak has prompted a significant increase in news consumption but the economic turmoil is forcing news businesses to accelerate their move to digital, The Reuters Institute […]
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Is it time for a new definition of local news?

(apn Photo/Eckehard Schulz) Christopher Ali has spent a lot of time thinking about the future of local news. Ali, an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, is a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University who’s almost done with a report […]
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Funding journalism means defining who’s a journalist – not a bad thing

The federal government’s recent announcement of financial support for news organizations has been met with understandably wide-ranging reactions — from relief to skepticism, and worse. Among other measures, the package will incentivize consumers to sign up for digital news subscriptions and subsidize publishers through a tax credit on salaries […]
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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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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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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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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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