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How college students can help save local news

An Endicott College student covers Election Day in November 2020 in a Massachusetts community as part of the college’s news-academic partnership with Gannett Media. The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and […]
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How college students can help save local news

An Endicott College student covers Election Day in November 2020 in a Massachusetts community as part of the college’s news-academic partnership with Gannett Media. The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and […]
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Canadian Media Ownership Index

Canadian Media Ownership Index

Our goal is to provide a better understanding of the Canadian Mainstream Media in a time of great digital proliferation where radical transparency may help rebuild trust. Some outlets on this index may not be deeemed journalism by many. We list those media orgs with over 12,000 monthly uniques […]
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Local content to generate more traffic amid globalization

Local content to generate more traffic amid globalization

The media industry tends to scrutinize the variable metrics of the audience in the discussion of traffic. During the pandemic, media companies found an unprecedented opportunity to reassess the problem, the content itself. When private cable and satellite television networks were introduced in the mid-’80s, broadcast television found itself […]
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What does the career path look like for today’s local journalists?

What does the career path look like for today’s local journalists?

Plus: How newsroom ideology affects slant in the news, why burned-out/overworked reporters are quitting — and is the inverted pyramid still the way to tell stories online? Editor’s note: Longtime Nieman Lab readers know the bylines of Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis . Mark wrote the weekly This Week […]
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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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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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Small-market newspapers: the view from on the ground

Small-market newspapers: the view from on the ground

As recently as six years ago, Minnesota’s Cook County News-Herald employed seven full-time staff. Now, there are two working in the office, in addition to some remote help for advertising and layout from staff in New Jersey working on weekly assignments. In a county of 5,400, the paper has […]
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News Unchained: More Outlets Going Back to Local Ownership

News Unchained: More Outlets Going Back to Local Ownership

As chain consolidation brings new uncertainty to an already fluid news landscape, another trend is emerging in which local investors buy news outlets from large chains and seek to reverse what they see as decades of disinvestment. Sara April, whose firm Dirks, Van Essen & April brokers the sale […]
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Can Report for America build trust in local news? A view from two communities

Can Report for America build trust in local news? A view from two communities

Last June, Report for America (RFA) fellow Will Wright was looking for interviews in Eastern Kentucky. He was standing at a temporary health care clinic where hundreds of people were lining up to receive free medical and dental services offered by the United States Army. He decided to try […]
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