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News deserts: Why the decline in local journalism threatens democracy

News deserts: Why the decline in local journalism threatens democracy

While the modern decline in newspaper circulation arguably began with the explosion of television during the 1950s, mainstream journalism has suffered global catastrophic devastation in the wake of internet technology. Canada has not been immune. According to the “ Local News Research Project ” at Ryerson University’s School of […]
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Fake news hampers COVID fight

Fake news hampers COVID fight

Advertisement Advertise With Us FILE Protesters are seen during a rally in opposition to COVID-related health measures outside of Brandon City Hall earlier this year. How do you convince people to take measures against the spread of COVID-19 when they dismiss it as “just a flu?” What about convincing […]
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Is local journalism dying? Look closer.

Is local journalism dying? Look closer.

Downtown historic Livingston, Alabama, buildings, including the location for the Sumter County Record Journal, on June 5, 2020. (Shutterstock) “Chaos often breeds life when order breeds habit,” wrote Henry Adams. So it is for the news business today. It is fashionable in some quarters to say local journalism is […]
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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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Canada’s local news deserts

A newspaper box is seen in a desert in this photo illustration. It was the first time reporter Pat Healey was the story. In 2017, people from the rural Nova Scotia communities Healey covers raised $13,000 for his dentures. Dozens of people, including the local MLA, packed into a […]
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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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