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It’s Time for Newsrooms to Defend Democracy

A Detroit Department of Elections worker pushes the crowd back as absentee ballots are counted on Nov. 4, 2020. Brittany Greeson/New York Times via Redux November 8 is the date of the midterm elections, but today — September 15 — is Democracy Day . An initiative of news industry […]
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Local needs and the local-news crisis

This week , Steve Waldman, the cofounder and president of Report for America, published a two-part report for CJR about the local-news crisis. In it, Waldman considers the decline in newsroom newspaper staff against a few other data points—there are currently far fewer reporters per 100,000 people, and per […]
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The Future of Local News Innovation Is Noncommercial

In February, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota reintroduced the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which is designed to make Silicon Valley’s billionaires pay for the harms they’ve inflicted on the news industry. “What does Big Tech’s dominance over the news mean for Americans?” Klobuchar asked during a recent hearing […]
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How data journalism can reduce newsroom costs of producing hyperlocal content

Victoria Holmes Each week, residents in 110 Los Angeles neighborhoods receive the Crosstown Neighborhood Newsletter in their inbox. The newsletter contains brief stories that reach readers where they are, with infographics about the number of new COVID infections and vaccination rates, as well as reports on housing issues and […]
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Journalism starts working for and with its communities

“Can we leave people with a sense of belonging? A sense of purpose or of wonder? A sense of agency even in the face of systemic problems?” What’s the future of journalism? It’s a fragile future, one that needs us to solve a crisis of lack of trust. Too […]
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There will be launches — and we’ll keep doing the work

“This constant cycle of two-steps-forward, two-steps-back can be disorienting, but it has allowed us to more quickly bring in new people, often those previously excluded from our newsrooms.” It’s the end of the year — the end of a difficult year that saw layoffs and forced furloughs, mandatory unpaid […]
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These news orgs are boosting revenue with locally themed merchandise

Chicago journalists and Block Club Chicago readers wear Block Club-branded shirts. (Courtesy Stephanie Lulay) Last May, a pair of endangered piping plovers laid eggs on Chicago’s Montrose Beach. As cinema stars and mascots for local conservationists, the two birds – dubbed Monty and Rose – had already built up […]
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Guiding people to practical information: Key takeaways from experiments in ‘service journalism’

Service journalism is having a moment. Newsrooms large and small are discovering — and in some cases, rediscovering — that they can find traction in giving consumers practical information, on subjects ranging from voting to student debt to COVID-19, in a confusing world. With midterm elections approaching, economic concerns […]
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‘Not normal’: What local newsrooms can do now to prepare for a series of historic elections

How do local newsrooms cover elections at a time when democratic principles are under attack, basic voting procedures are questioned, and many people fear the future of personal rights? It’s a challenge that fiercely emerged during 2020’s political and social unrest. Now, with another unusual and significant election cycle […]
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This Ontario town lost its local newspaper. But the stories haven’t stopped

This Ontario town lost its local newspaper. But the stories haven't stopped

After 136 years, the weekly paper in Tilbury, Ont., closed its doors in 2020 Humphrey Rogers, 87, has lived in Tilbury, Ont., since 1946 and seen a lot of changes. The biggest was the closure of the paper, the Tilbury Times, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Haydn Watters/CBC) Humphrey Rogers […]
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