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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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Americans are more willing to pay for local news when they know local newspapers are in trouble, a new study says

“This gap suggests a market failure — many recognize the benefit of the product to the public but are unwilling to pay for it.” More than half of Americans believe that local news organizations are doing well financially, according to a new report published today by the Knight Foundation […]
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How the Collapse of Local News Is Causing a ‘National Crisis’

Tim Gruber for The New York Times School board and city council meetings are going uncovered. Overstretched reporters receive promising tips about stories but have no time to follow up. Newspapers publish fewer pages or less frequently or, in hundreds of cases across the country, are shuttered completely. All […]
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Inspired by The Daily, dozens of daily news podcasts are punching above their weight worldwide

“The big change is commercial, which is that we had advertisers who started to come to us last year and say, ‘We are only going to buy two kinds of ad next year, print and podcast. What have you got?’” More than 15 years after the term was first […]
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