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What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

Since 2004, more than a quarter of the nation’s newspapers have closed. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem, resulting in further closures and fears among experts of a local news “ extinction-level event .” According to the Brookings Institution, more than 65 million Americans live in a county with […]
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This column and this newspaper — now you see us, now you …

This column and this newspaper — now you see us, now you …

Loss of news outlets leaves a vacuum in communities, William Thomas writes Please, humour me. At this moment you’re holding up your local newspaper about to read this column. Now put the paper down but raise your hands to where they were a moment ago. What do you see? […]
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The local paper brought this small Ontario town together. Now it’s gone, and no number of social-media groups can replace it

The local paper brought this small Ontario town together. Now it’s gone, and no number of social-media groups can replace it

When Elaine Smyth came across a stack of newspapers spanning 40 years, they were bound for the trash. The issues of the Markdale Standard dating back to 1953 were not only old news by definition, but the paper itself had been out of print for two years by the […]
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How automation helped this journalist quench a ‘news desert’

How automation helped this journalist quench a 'news desert'

While there’s more information at our fingertips than ever before, there’s also more misinformation. With small newspapers shutting down across the United States, many towns are becoming “news deserts”—communities no longer covered by local newspapers. Simon Galperin sought to fill this hole in Bloomfield, N.J., with the Bloomfield Information […]
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Life in a News Desert: Questions with Nick Mathews

Nick Mathews, PhD student in Media Studies at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota. The number of failed newspapers and the rise of news deserts in the United States is the wide-angle story. But if you zoom in, you discover how the […]
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Why I’m hopeful about local news in 2021

When you look back at how local news fared in 2020, you might be surprised by how hopeful I am for the future. Things have been pretty rough this year. Local newspapers, public media, digital startups, and even independent nonprofit local news outlets faced debilitating layoffs and budget shortfalls […]
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Daily news podcasts: building new habits in the shadow of coronavirus

Introduction and key findings | Methodology | Daily news podcasts in the wider ecosystem | The growth of daily news podcasting in six countries | The impact of coronavirus on consumption and production | Case studies and publisher strategies across countries | Future developments and conclusions | References | […]
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What we think we know and what we want to know: perspectives on trust in news in a changing world

Passengers on a subway train, Brasilia, Brazil, July 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado Introduction | What we think we know | What we want to know | The path ahead for the Trust in News Project | References | Acknowledgements | About the Authors | Download a PDF version | Read […]
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