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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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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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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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When My Newspaper Died

In hardluck Youngstown, Ohio a reporter covers one last big story for his hometown newspaper. This story is published in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review. When the Vindicator died, I knew it meant I’d have to leave my hometown. Again. The shuttering of Youngstown, Ohio’s daily newspaper in the […]
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Growing local news deserts endanger democracy, study finds

Over the last 15 years, local newspapers across the U.S. have lost more than $35 billion in advertising revenue and half of their staffs, while at least 2,000 news outlets have shuttered during that time, according to a new study by the non-profit PEN America. Viktorya Vilk, who co-authored […]
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Opinion: 24 Great Local News Stories From 2019

Glenn Russell/VTDigger / Via INN.org A new generation of nonprofit newsrooms are working to rebuild journalism that serves the public interest. In Colorado, reporting by the Colorado Independent about the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers run by a private-prison company sparked a state investigation. In Tennessee, […]
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Why Media Sage Jay Rosen Has The Tyee on His New York Radar

NYU professor Jay Rosen has long advocated a ‘Citizen’s Agenda’ approach to journalism exemplified, he says, by The Tyee’s approach. On Oct. 23, news media pros, students, tech innovators and entrepreneurs gathered in Brooklyn for the first day of Hearken’s Engagement Innovation Summit . Hearken, a company that creates […]
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No News Is Bad News

Media Journalism in Boston’s suburbs isn’t just in crisis—it barely even exists. So what happens when no one is minding the shop in the towns where most Bay Staters actually live? Illustration by Benjamen Purvis Let’s say that you consider yourself pretty well informed. You read the Globe , […]
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Executive Summary

A media desert is a geographic locale without access to fresh local news and information to inform and educate the public. The loss of jobs in the media industry has resulted in a reduction in the quality and quantity of news and information gathered and circulating within a community.1 […]
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