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Sale of Irving-owned N.B. papers bad news for local content, industry watchers say

Sale of Irving-owned N.B. papers bad news for local content, industry watchers say

Postmedia’s buyout of Brunswick News prompts speculation about job losses, and possible opportunities Brunswick News sold three dailies and six weeklies to Ontario-based media giant Postmedia Network Inc. (Gabrielle Fahmy) The sale of New Brunswick’s Irving-owned newspapers to an Ontario-based media giant does not bode well for community-based journalism, […]
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Report for America spotlights important new trend – creation of ‘Community News Funds’

Report for America spotlights important new trend – creation of ‘Community News Funds’

Report for America today released a report that identified a major new trend – the creation of “Community News Funds” – and outlined how the new funds can be created. The new strategy involves community foundations working in conjunction with local news leaders in creating a single, permanent fund […]
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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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