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“Engaged journalism” is taking us back to the “public journalism” debates of the 1990s

Plus new research into algorithmic polarization, computational news discovery, gender differences in political news, and more. Editor’s note : Longtime Nieman Lab readers know the bylines of Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis . Mark wrote the weekly This Week in Review column for us from 2010 to 2014; Seth’s […]
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We just launched a free weekly Vancouver Is Awesome newspaper

The Vancouver Is Awesome newspaper, issue 1, published April 9, 2020. Photo Bob Kronbauer Today we distributed 111,000 copies of the first weekly newspaper edition of Vancouver Is Awesome to homes across the city. Under normal circumstances, bringing our publication into a new medium would be something to celebrate, […]
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Critical in a public health crisis, COVID-19 has hit local newsrooms hard

While the coronavirus may be a global pandemic, the public health crisis has revealed the critical role of local news outlets currently working tirelessly to cover the impact of the coronavirus on their communities. These outlets have helped to disseminate essential information from state and local government actors, prevent […]
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Hyperlocals win thousands in government pandemic funding

Thousands of pounds of government funding has been secured to help hyperlocal news titles during the coronavirus pandemic. Welsh members of the Independent Community News Network have today been awarded emergency grant revenue funding of up to £8,500 by the Welsh government in a bid to help sustain them […]
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The New York Times Is Great, but Who’ll Cover Your Community?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the local news industry was “a patient who already had all the underlying health conditions,” said Mi-Ai Parrish, the former publisher of the Arizona Republic. Now, local news is a patient in critical condition. Each day brings a new round of layoffs and pay cuts […]
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The Coronavirus Crisis Has Made It Clear: The Future of Journalism Must be Collaborative

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned over 25 years in digital journalism, it’s that new ideas, new opportunities and new technologies are no match for old habits. An example of this habitual stasis is the glacial pace with which local newsrooms have embraced collaboration. No matter how bad the […]
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US newspapers face ‘extinction-level’ crisis as Covid-19 hits hard

As journalists across the US scramble to cover the impact of the coronavirus, they are grappling with a bitter irony: as demand for their stories soars, the decline of the business model that funds them is speeding up catastrophically. The devastating sweep of Covid-19 is the biggest story in […]
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Local Journalism Initiative

The Local Journalism Initiative supports the creation of original civic journalism that is relevant to the diverse needs of underserved communities across Canada, broadening availability and consumption of local and regional news on matters of civic governance. Launched by the Government of Canada in 2019, the Local Journalism Initiative […]
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HTFP at 20: Local news organisations must let go of the past

Over the past week we have taken a sometimes nostalgic look back at the first 20 years of HoldtheFrontPage and the stories and people we have written about over that time. But what of the next 20? What does the future have in store for journalists and for the […]
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Why journalist Emily Bell is calling for a civic media manifesto

With the free press under attack, a civic media manifesto is needed now more than ever, according to acclaimed scholar and journalist Emily Bell. She negotiates this critical crossroad for the media in her dynamic 2019 Dalton Camp Lecture and in conversation with IDEAS producer Mary Lynk. If journalism […]
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