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Will Canada’s media survive the pandemic? Fifty papers have closed in just the last six weeks

What would happen if the town of Aylmer were to suddenly lose its weekly newspaper? “I think the politicians would be happy to see us go,” says Aylmer Express publisher John Hueston with a chuckle. The paper is not going anywhere any time soon, but it serves as a […]
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In Canada, a government program to support local news tries to determine who’s most deserving

Before the novel coronavirus struck the United States, there was already a small-but-measurable groundswell of support for more government support for local news. But the virus and its devastating effects on advertising — even as the audience for local news has exploded — has accelerated that discussion. (Most recently, […]
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Hello, is it facts we’re looking for?

It was mid-January and the Poynter staff were preparing for another ambitious year. After all, in 2019, Poynter trained 64,582 journalists, educators, students and citizens; hosted 394 seminars, workshops and custom teaching programs; trained people from all 50 states, traveled to 22 countries and taught on-location at 470 organizations; […]
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The future of media: more digital and more economic pain, Reuters Institute says

Men wearing protective face masks work at a printing press amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid LONDON (Reuters) – The coronavirus outbreak has prompted a significant increase in news consumption but the economic turmoil is forcing news businesses to accelerate their move to digital, The Reuters Institute […]
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Brunswick News to close community newspaper offices across province

BNI vice-president Jamie Irving issued the internal memo Monday. (Gabrielle Fahmy/CBC) Community newspapers across New Brunswick are losing their offices, many of them in the heart of their small cities and towns, after a decision shared with staff this week by Brunswick News Inc. In an internal memo issued […]
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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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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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New research project explores best practices for philanthropic support for journalism

This article was originally published on the Local News Research Project website A new study launched by the Local News Research Project at Ryerson’s School of Journalism will explore what can be learned from other countries about philanthropic support for news media. The goal is to produce a guide […]
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As newspapers cut, grassroots solutions fuel a resurgence of local journalism

The original version of this story has been updated with a correction. Wildfires have consumed close to 100,000 acres in northern California’s Mendocino County this week. About 15,000 of the 87,000 residents there have been evacuated from their homes. Public emergencies like this are a stress test on the […]
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Facebook Expands New Tool Aiming to Shrink ‘News Deserts’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is trying to coax “news deserts” into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information. But the social network confesses that it still has a lot to learn. The social media giant said Thursday […]
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