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Northern News Services bought by B.C.-based Black Press Media

Northern News Services bought by B.C.-based Black Press Media

NNSL Media, a publisher of seven weekly community newspapers in N.W.T. and Nunavut, and two news sites, has been bought by Black Press Media. The deal is set to close on March 31. (Sidney Cohen/CBC) Northern News Services Limited, often referred to as NNSL, has been bought by B.C.-based […]
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Black Press Media acquires NNSL Media in Northwest Territories, Nunavut

Black Press Media acquires NNSL Media in Northwest Territories, Nunavut

NNSL was founded in 1972 by Jack “Sig” Sigvaldason. (Pixabay.com) Black Press Media has announced the acquisition of Northern Canadian-based NNSL Media. The publisher operates seven community newspapers and two websites based in Northwest Territories and Nunavut, including the News/North, Yellowknifer, Weekender, Nunavut News, Kivalliq News, Hay River Hub, […]
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Executive Summary

Project Oasis is a collaboration between UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, LION Publishers, Douglas K. Smith and the Google News Initiative to map and showcase the growing number of locally focused digital news publications in the U.S. and Canada and to share information about the choices they […]
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As Local News Outlets Shutter, Rural America Suffers Most

As Local News Outlets Shutter, Rural America Suffers Most

Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP Production workers stack newspapers onto a cart at a printing and distribution plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. News deserts afflict all types of communities, but they’ve hit rural America especially hard. Journalism professor Penny Muse Abernathy lives in a news desert. She says there’s […]
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What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

Since 2004, more than a quarter of the nation’s newspapers have closed. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem, resulting in further closures and fears among experts of a local news “ extinction-level event .” According to the Brookings Institution, more than 65 million Americans live in a county with […]
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‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned […]
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A community-centered approach to supporting local journalism

A community-centered approach to supporting local journalism

In addition to creating good journalism, The Compass Experiment was launched to find ways to make local news financially sustainable. The long-term success of our newsrooms will depend on a variety of revenue sources — loyal readers, local businesses and philanthropic donors. We also know that we must be […]
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Legislation coming this year to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

Legislation coming this year to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

OTTAWA – Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault is promising legislation this year to ensure tech giants like Google and Facebook pay for the news content they disseminate on their platforms. The promise comes as newspapers across the country are displaying blank front pages in a bid to highlight the […]
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The case for the community newspaper

The case for the community newspaper

My first writing job was 20 years ago: a local column for my community newspaper. That paper no longer exists. Amalgamated and replaced by other incarnations, it exemplifies an industry in trouble. Newspapers traditionally have relied upon advertising and subscription revenue to survive. Edward Greenspon, president of the non-profit […]
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