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Winchester press closes

Copies of the Winchester Press, on display during the Newspapers Canada conference on May 22, 2015. WINCHESTER — The Winchester Press, which has served North Dundas for 131 years, is no more. On Friday, the Morris Newspaper Group, which owns the Prescott Journal and the Leeds-Grenville Business News, announced […]
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Here is a step-by-step guide for news outlets to share power with underserved communities

How can a news outlet share power with its audience? That kind of question may make more traditional journalism thinkers quake, but it’s an inquiry that more and more news organizations are — slowly — undertaking. “We need citizens to be equipped to navigate the world around us. Because […]
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Postmedia to close Alberta community newspapers in Hinton, Edson and Lacombe

The Lacombe Globe will print its final edition on Jan. 16. (Google ) Residents in Hinton, Edson and Lacombe learned Tuesday that long-standing weekly newspapers in their communities will soon be shut down. The Lacombe Globe served its community for 119 years, starting in 1901. In Hinton, the Parklander […]
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Facebook Expands New Tool Aiming to Shrink ‘News Deserts’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is trying to coax “news deserts” into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information. But the social network confesses that it still has a lot to learn. The social media giant said Thursday […]
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Researchers analyzed more than 300,000 local news stories on Facebook. Here’s what they found.

Earlier this year, Nieman Lab’s Christine Schmidt conducted an informal analysis of the stories found on Today In, Facebook’s local news feature, over a 10-day period. What she found: “Satire, obituaries from funeral home websites, lots of local TV, and a weird network of sites that scrape other local […]
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Less Local News Means Less Democracy

Newspaper vending machines in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island in southwest Florida The office building four blocks from Florida’s state Capitol carries the same name in bold letters that it boasted when it opened in 1988: Florida Press Center. For the last 30 years, the modest three-story structure with […]
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When My Newspaper Died

In hardluck Youngstown, Ohio a reporter covers one last big story for his hometown newspaper. This story is published in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review. When the Vindicator died, I knew it meant I’d have to leave my hometown. Again. The shuttering of Youngstown, Ohio’s daily newspaper in the […]
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Want to start your own local online news outlet? With a new staff and a $1 million grant, LION Publishers wants to do more to help

“The daily newspaper reporter might say, ‘You’re a community journalist, that’s so cute.’ But the fact is we’re professional and have our own organization.” After leaving her job as the managing editor of a newspaper owned by Digital First Media “due to differences with this company’s management” last year, […]
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Stop saying local news is dying

Image via Shutterstock We started 2019 with Gannett layoffs at local newspapers , we’re ending 2019 with Gannett layoffs at local newspapers, and Ken Doctor’s look at continued newspaper consolidation in 2020 is devastating . It’s quite the end to quite a decade . News deserts, or places without […]
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Growing local news deserts endanger democracy, study finds

Over the last 15 years, local newspapers across the U.S. have lost more than $35 billion in advertising revenue and half of their staffs, while at least 2,000 news outlets have shuttered during that time, according to a new study by the non-profit PEN America. Viktorya Vilk, who co-authored […]
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