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Funding journalism means defining who’s a journalist – not a bad thing

The federal government’s recent announcement of financial support for news organizations has been met with understandably wide-ranging reactions — from relief to skepticism, and worse. Among other measures, the package will incentivize consumers to sign up for digital news subscriptions and subsidize publishers through a tax credit on salaries […]
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How journalism can thrive in the digital age

The World Wide Web is now comprised of more than 1.7 billion websites, an explosion of expression beyond anything we have ever seen or could have fully imagined. The internet exponentially expanded both the marketplace for information and the marketplace for ideas. It has brought extraordinary value to our […]
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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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Where is Ottawa’s help for Canada’s newspapers?

This being National Newspaper Week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to send out a tweet extolling the value of newspapers to our democracy. “In an ever-changing world with an ever-changing media landscape, our local newspapers play a vital role in protecting our democracy,” he wrote. “We salute the papers […]
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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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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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Can the CBC become a local broadcaster again?

In the last half-century, waves of budget cuts and consolidations have transformed the CBC into a primarily national broadcaster. Regional directors have relatively smaller budgets and less control over them. Most stand-alone, regionally produced documentary and variety shows have disappeared. — When I was a boy growing up in […]
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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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