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How 160-year-old regional newspaper returned to profit six months after closure threat

A 160-year-old local newspaper is back in profit six months after falling into financial trouble and almost being forced to close. Some 22 jobs were saved when the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald was bought out of administration in February by local businessman Andy Barr who said he wanted to […]
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“Mass customisation” of neighbourhood data can help hyperlocal news become more sustainable

Crime tracker in Los Angeles live on 30 September 2020 “The core problem in local and hyperlocal news is that there is no sustainable business model,” says Gabriel Kahn , journalism professor at USC Annenberg School for Journalism, and the editor of Crosstown, a US non-profit community data project […]
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How ‘hyperlocal’ journalism can restore trust in the media

(MENAFN – The Conversation) It is a critical time for public interest journalism. Trust in the mainstream media is a major problem as fake news spreads unabated on social networks. One of the key issues is the disappearance of local newspapers which could prove to be ‘ catastrophic ‘ […]
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3 ways publishers are experimenting with hyperlocal news

Even as we see growth in newspaper subscribers, there’s a perception that it is mainly national titles that have benefited. This is true in the case of the US, where The New York Times and The Washington Post account for more than half of all online news subscriptions. Some […]
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Building with community: How The Triibe grew into its ecosystem

Photo Credit: Chantal Redmond // The TRiiBE Local News Lab is partnering with the Engaged Journalism Lab and Solution Set to showcase Black-led local news organizations that have been putting engaged journalism into action to meet their communities’ news and information needs while developing sustainable business models. As industry-focused […]
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Moving From Print to Podcasts

Santa Cruz, California faced a big decision earlier this summer: renovate its existing library in the city’s downtown, or build something new, just outside the city. Although it was a decision that would impact many of the city’s residents, with so many other competing headlines, it was challenging for […]
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Journalism matters: Local journalism is crucial, but it needs to be supported

Trusted journalism is vital, but the industry that produces it needs support, says News Media Association chairman Henry Faure Walker. News Media Association chairman Henry Faure Walker This year has been one of the most disruptive and uncertain in living memory. The coronavirus has swept the globe leaving a […]
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How Torstar launched 10 hyperlocal news brands in less than a year

Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge winners in North America and how they’re putting funding to work developing sustainable business models, diversifying revenue streams, and increasing audience engagement. Watch the webinar from Sept. 29 , which explores lessons from hyperlocal news expansions, including Wick Communications , Torstar Local , and […]
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How Torstar Launched 10 Hyperlocal News Brands in Less Than a Year

Torstar’s nimble but effective hyperlocal expansion strategy connects local community members to a new local news brand, and also to one another. With funding from the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge, the Torstar Corp. division Torstar Local has launched 10 community engagement hubs — as an app and accompanying […]
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First Cohort of “Niche Media Entrepreneurs” Selected for New Certificate Program

The Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism has chosen its inaugural cohort of 20 media entrepreneurs. They’ll start the virtual program on Oct. 13 to develop newsletters, podcasts, local sites, and other niche news products serving their audiences and communities. Participants in this […]
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