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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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Journalism’s New Patrons: VTDigger leads local investigative nonprofits

For two years starting in 2009, Anne Galloway worked 80 to 90 hours a week reporting on the Vermont legislature, without pay, hoping she could breathe life into a new nonprofit focused on investigative reporting. Today that nonprofit, VTDigger , has a staff of 19, an annual budget of […]
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How Digital News Startups Choose Between For-Profit and Non-Profit Status

Chris Groskopf and Tasneem Raja (Photo by Jamie Maldonado) Last spring, when Tasneem Raja and her husband, Chris Groskopf, launched a hyper-local digital magazine in Tyler, Texas, they were more newsroom colleagues than business partners. The longtime journalists spent the first six months filling The Tyler Loop with data […]
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Rebuilding Local Journalism as an Essential Democratic Force

A reporter takes a video of himself as attendees wait in line before the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ahead of a July campaign rally in Cincinnati John Minchillo/AP Photo Many post-election observers have lambasted the national news media, the so-called coastal media elites, for missing the […]
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Opinion: Trust me. Journalists deserve our support

Bridgitte Anderson is GM of Edelman Vancouver, a global communications marketing agency. She previously worked as a local and national news anchor at CTV and BNN. The most recent round of newsroom cuts at a national broadcaster come at a time when journalists, long known as defenders of democracy […]
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Turning newspapers into charities: A new model for the future?

There are many issues Canadian media organizations need to consider before seeking charitable status. It’s no secret that Canadian newspapers are struggling. Some would say they are dying, the victims of a broken business model—done in by the internet. People in the newspaper industry are looking for a fix, […]
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