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Canadian Media Ownership Index

Canadian Media Ownership Index

Our goal is to provide a better understanding of the Canadian Mainstream Media in a time of great digital proliferation where radical transparency may help rebuild trust. Some outlets on this index may not be deeemed journalism by many. We list those media orgs with over 12,000 monthly uniques […]
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Forming a co-op saved six Canadian newspapers from closing. Here’s how they do business now.

Forming a co-op saved six Canadian newspapers from closing. Here’s how they do business now.

“Being so close to bankruptcy made people realize that what we were offering them was a treasure, but it was pretty fragile.” In 2019, six regional daily newspapers in Quebec, Canada were saved from closure after their parent company, Groupe Capitales Médias, announced it was filing for bankruptcy. On […]
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Local content to generate more traffic amid globalization

Local content to generate more traffic amid globalization

The media industry tends to scrutinize the variable metrics of the audience in the discussion of traffic. During the pandemic, media companies found an unprecedented opportunity to reassess the problem, the content itself. When private cable and satellite television networks were introduced in the mid-’80s, broadcast television found itself […]
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What does the career path look like for today’s local journalists?

What does the career path look like for today’s local journalists?

Plus: How newsroom ideology affects slant in the news, why burned-out/overworked reporters are quitting — and is the inverted pyramid still the way to tell stories online? Editor’s note: Longtime Nieman Lab readers know the bylines of Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis . Mark wrote the weekly This Week […]
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More than 50 local newsrooms launched during the pandemic

More than 50 local newsrooms launched during the pandemic

The pandemic changed the news business and, in a lot of ways, not for the better. It accelerated layoffs . It hastened the end of more than 100 news organizations . It led a handful of newsrooms losing their actual newsrooms. But in some communities, the pandemic also clarified […]
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Is the “journalism crisis” just a capitalism crisis?

Is the “journalism crisis” just a capitalism crisis?

The number of newspaper employees in U.S. newsrooms dropped by about half between 2008 and 2019, according to a report from Pew Research Center. Then the pandemic accelerated the damage. In response, the number of unions forming across newsrooms is exploding, alongside a transformation in the industry’s understanding of […]
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News Unchained: More Outlets Going Back to Local Ownership

News Unchained: More Outlets Going Back to Local Ownership

As chain consolidation brings new uncertainty to an already fluid news landscape, another trend is emerging in which local investors buy news outlets from large chains and seek to reverse what they see as decades of disinvestment. Sara April, whose firm Dirks, Van Essen & April brokers the sale […]
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Can Report for America build trust in local news? A view from two communities

Can Report for America build trust in local news? A view from two communities

Last June, Report for America (RFA) fellow Will Wright was looking for interviews in Eastern Kentucky. He was standing at a temporary health care clinic where hundreds of people were lining up to receive free medical and dental services offered by the United States Army. He decided to try […]
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How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences

How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences

SUMMARY The Center for Media Engagement partnered with the Dallas Free Press to explore how Dallas residents — particularly those in the disinvested neighborhoods of West Dallas and South Dallas — perceive local media and how they think that media can better serve their communities. Those participating in the […]
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The great unbundling of local news

The great unbundling of local news

Traditional local news sources, especially local newspapers, used to bundle news and information on a whole range of local topics. Local politics comes first to mind. But they have also covered stories that help build community, featuring local people who participate in local sports and local events, in addition […]
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