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More community newspapers subscribing to belief survival lies online, but will readers buy in?

More community newspapers subscribing to belief survival lies online, but will readers buy in?

Community newspapers will have to prove their worth, says Roger Belgrave It’s about trust. Our relationship with our readers is built on transparency, honesty and integrity. As such, we have launched a trust initiative to tell you who we are and how and why we do what we do. […]
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Community media keeps outpacing mainstream media

Community media keeps outpacing mainstream media

“The year 2022 will further propel the movement that ignited the new U.S. American mainstream — one that will be organically diverse, increasingly inclusive, and factually equitable for generations to come.” After not one but two challenging pandemic years, we’ve learned that media makers embedded in their communities have […]
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Audience engagement ≠ community engagement

Audience engagement ≠ community engagement

“Newsrooms won’t find the key to any of this in their analytics.” Journalists have conflated audience engagement and community engagement for way too long — and in 2022, we’ll finally start treating them as distinct, complementary newsroom functions. The first is focused on building habit, loyalty, and audience revenue. […]
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Can journalism survive in a post-news world?

Can journalism survive in a post-news world?

“In a world of surplus information, news as a product is fast losing its relevance.” The world of information has witnessed transformational changes in the past two decades, both in terms of the pace of exchange and quantum. Although access to information has been gradually increasing throughout our collective […]
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Holiday gift that everyone would appreciate — more local news

Holiday gift that everyone would appreciate — more local news

With the announcement by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) that he will not be supporting President Biden ’s Build Back Better (BBB) legislation, its highly uncertain future lies ahead in the coming weeks. The prospects for reviving the downward curve for local journalism looks equally bleak, too. That’s because BBB […]
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More than 50 local newsrooms launched during the pandemic

More than 50 local newsrooms launched during the pandemic

The pandemic changed the news business and, in a lot of ways, not for the better. It accelerated layoffs . It hastened the end of more than 100 news organizations . It led a handful of newsrooms losing their actual newsrooms. But in some communities, the pandemic also clarified […]
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The news media: watchdogs prefer the paywalled garden

The news media: watchdogs prefer the paywalled garden

“What happens when journalism is everywhere?”, Mathew Ingram asked in 2011. Nine years and one Trump term later, the answer is here. A chapter from “Postjournalism and the death of newspapers” (2020). On November 15, 2011, soon after midnight, the New York riot police started a raid to evict […]
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Is the “journalism crisis” just a capitalism crisis?

Is the “journalism crisis” just a capitalism crisis?

The number of newspaper employees in U.S. newsrooms dropped by about half between 2008 and 2019, according to a report from Pew Research Center. Then the pandemic accelerated the damage. In response, the number of unions forming across newsrooms is exploding, alongside a transformation in the industry’s understanding of […]
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Rebuilding Local News

How government can help revitalize local journalism while preserving editorial independence Local news coverage is collapsing. Even before COVID-19, the number of reporters had declined 60 percent since 2000, a job decline similar in scale to the coal industry. Some 1,800 communities now have no local news outlet, and […]
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Bridging the Divide Between Local News and Online Platforms

Bridging the Divide Between Local News and Online Platforms

Download Bridging the Divide Between Local News and Online Platforms In 2021, the Credibility Coalition, in partnership with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard convened a series of conversations aimed at establishing greater understanding between local news outlets and online platforms, and examining how local news is surfaced […]
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