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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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Hyperlocal network launches fresh expansion bid after cash boost

Hyperlocal network launches fresh expansion bid after cash boost

Journalists have been urged to join a subscription-based hyperlocal news network after it received a four-figure cash boost. Today News has renewed calls for new members to come forward after its founder site, Altrincham Today , recorded more than a million annual visitors for the first time. HTFP reported […]
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Introducing The Resolve: a powerful new platform for Black, Indigenous and people of colour voices and stories in Canada

Introducing The Resolve: a powerful new platform for Black, Indigenous and people of colour voices and stories in Canada

Founder Matthew DiMera explains why he quit his former editor-in-chief job, and how he plans to tackle systemic racism in Canadian journalism As a Black queer journalist, I’ve dealt with racism and homophobia in newsrooms across Canada. I’ve experienced everything from endless micro-aggressions to blatant discrimination. That’s why I […]
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This column and this newspaper — now you see us, now you …

This column and this newspaper — now you see us, now you …

Loss of news outlets leaves a vacuum in communities, William Thomas writes Please, humour me. At this moment you’re holding up your local newspaper about to read this column. Now put the paper down but raise your hands to where they were a moment ago. What do you see? […]
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The local paper brought this small Ontario town together. Now it’s gone, and no number of social-media groups can replace it

The local paper brought this small Ontario town together. Now it’s gone, and no number of social-media groups can replace it

When Elaine Smyth came across a stack of newspapers spanning 40 years, they were bound for the trash. The issues of the Markdale Standard dating back to 1953 were not only old news by definition, but the paper itself had been out of print for two years by the […]
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Medill Survey Finds News Media’s Money Worries Overwhelming, but Few See Ads as Best Answer

Medill Survey Finds News Media’s Money Worries Overwhelming, but Few See Ads as Best Answer

The financial distress threatening the future of the local news industry is now a pervasive concern of those working in the media business, and few of them see advertising revenue as the best path forward, according to a new survey by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated […]
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How automation helped this journalist quench a ‘news desert’

How automation helped this journalist quench a 'news desert'

While there’s more information at our fingertips than ever before, there’s also more misinformation. With small newspapers shutting down across the United States, many towns are becoming “news deserts”—communities no longer covered by local newspapers. Simon Galperin sought to fill this hole in Bloomfield, N.J., with the Bloomfield Information […]
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tiny news collective

The world is changing, shouldn’t news ownership? Whether you’re a lifetime journalist, a committed organizer or an individual looking to support your area, we believe that the next generation of news looks like you. People who care about their community should have a voice in informing their community. Join […]
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Local news orgs grasp the urgency of community roots

“‘Engagement’ will get the respect it deserves as the center of excellence within local media organizations, not an offshoot concept that is often disregarded and undervalued.” Local media will recognize in 2021 that, in order to be trusted and sustainable, they will need to operationalize their whole organization around […]
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