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Canadians often mourn the loss of their local newspaper. But there’s a disconnect, because few Canadians actually pay for a local news subscription. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Instead of mourning local news, try paying for it

The love Canadians profess for their local newspapers isn't quite what it seems. Few pay for a subscription, and many say they can get their news elsewhere if their local paper shuts down.
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly recently announced a new policy for Canada’s cultural and creative industries competing in a digital world, but it offers little help for organizations that produce serious journalism. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Why is Melanie Joly ignoring the crisis in Canadian journalism?

The Canadian news industry is in a crisis. Rather than providing a way forward, the Liberal government suggests that Facebook, Twitter, and Google will "jumpstart digital news innovation."
A recent research project about the 2015 Canadian election showed social media is no substitute for local news coverage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

When a squirrel dies: The rapid decline of local news

Local news is as important to communities as clean air, but the failing business model of traditional journalism has left the local news industry in rapid decline.
In the early stages of his campaign, Donald Trump eagerly made himself available to the press. As president, that’s likely to change. Joe Skipper/Reuters

Experts’ roundtable: The future of journalism in Trump’s America

How can journalists resist a master media manipulator, reach local communities and sift through fake news and propaganda? Media experts explore the challenges of covering the next administration.
Rural and regional Australians deserve more than tokenistic media coverage of their regions. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Regions at the pointy end of media reform

Before media reform becomes a runaway train, we need to return to the drawing board and rethink the maps that define and guide broadcasters on reporting news for “local areas”.

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