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As newspapers cut, grassroots solutions fuel a resurgence of local journalism

Commentary These images show the scope of California’s Mendocino wildfire — and the lengths journalists have to go to capture the photos. These were shot by Elizabeth Larson, editor and publisher of the Lake County News in Lake County, California, one of several news sites that have provided almost […]
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How not to be a parachute partner: ProPublica’s figured out how to collaborate with local newsrooms without bigfooting them

“We’re really proud of our work at the Southern Illinoisan, but we have a flashlight, not a lighthouse.” Eight months into its first year, ProPublica’s local reporting network has helped: a radio reporter in Orlando survey first responders about PTSD; a newspaper reporter in southern Illinois scrutinize the Department […]
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Did the Fall of Local News Bring Us Authoritarianism in Washington?

Rusty Clark/Flickr The decline of local news is one of those developments that almost everyone knows can’t be good but almost no one feels compelled to do much about. Part of the reason is that the trend seems to be driven by market forces that we couldn’t control even […]
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Hyperlocal publishers set out to fill the void and give readers their local news

Rhodes Watson has worked in newspapers for more than 30 years and has gone full circle with his hyperlocal newspaper. Photo: (ABC Capricornia: Inga Stünzner) Inside a small barbershop on a street corner in a regional town, an eclectic group of men meet each lunch time to eat — […]
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Mapping the future of local news, together

Every year, fifth grade journalists head to the high school to interview the high school paper’s staff. (Submitted photo) On Monday, Rich Zahradnik stopped by the elementary school for a quick word with his editors. He found the fifth graders on the playground. Soon, he was surrounded by 10 […]
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New study reinforces the value of community newspapers

A recently-released study shows the impact that community newspapers continue to have. The study was conducted by Totum Research in January and February of more than 2,000 Canadian adults. It shows that 88 per cent of Canadians read a newspaper on any platform each week. Newspaper access is also […]
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Press Pause

Press Pause Investigation into a meeting of council for the Regional Municipality of Niagara on December 7, 2017. Accessible PDF version of the Ombudsman’s final report on the investigation into a meeting of council for the Regional Municipality of Niagara in December 2017 Investigation into a meeting of council […]
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The future of local news is one bound with our own

The future of local news is sobering but not without some measure of hope. By illuminating both the values and challenges besetting local journalism, we can reimagine a new day for local news. In 2016, the world witnessed a dramatic political shift as Brexit in the United Kingdom, followed […]
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The future of local news is one bound with our own

The future of local news is sobering but not without some measure of hope. By illuminating both the values and challenges besetting local journalism, we can reimagine a new day for local news. In 2016, the world witnessed a dramatic political shift as Brexit in the United Kingdom, followed […]
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Water in a news desert: New Jersey is spending $5 million to fund innovation in local news

The dollar amount isn’t huge, and it will barely put a dent in the crisis of local news. But it’s also an official statement that communities’ information voids are a problem worthy of government attention. Compared to its peers, the United States is notoriously stingy when it comes to […]
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