A recent research project about the 2015 Canadian election showed social media is no substitute for local news coverage.
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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.
The traditional media industry comes with a large environmental cost, but emissions from digital productions are often ignored.
A pedestrian walks past a Chicago Sun-Times newspaper box.
AP Photo/M. Spencer Green
Giving labor unions a financial stake in a company such as a newspaper can offer unique advantages that could benefit employees, society and the bottom line.
Laurene Powell Jobs, founder and chair of the Emerson Collective.
There are some benefits to the uptick in billionaire newspaper and magazine owners, who can weather short-term losses for the sake of long-term gains. But whose interests are really being served?
A wonderful evocation of the horrors of last year’s long election campaign by David Rowe in the Australian Financial Review. Amid industry turmoil, newspaper cartooning is increasingly becoming a niche activity.
One of the great satirical achievements of the mass media era, the editorial cartoon, is losing its centrality in the digital age. Yet the 'visual terrorism' of cartoons can cut through the verbiage of political commentary.
A statue of Henry David Thoreau in front of a replica of his cabin in Concord, Massachusetts.
Thoreau spent his life pursuing the 'hard bottom' of truth. But he confronted a sensationalist newspaper industry that, in many ways, mimicked today's media environment.
Back in the 1930s, people like this pear peddler in New York City’s Lower East Side often got their news from labor-led media.
The newspaper's new owners harken back to a tradition of labor-led media in the early part of the 20th century, which represented a bulwark against corporate power.
This photograph taken in Paris Friday Dec. 2, 2016 shows stories from USA Daily News 24, a fake news site registered in Veles, Macedonia. USA Daily News 24 is one of roughly 200 U.S.-oriented sites registered in Veles. Both stories shown here are bogus.
(AP Photo/Raphael Satter)
News consumers don't often believe fake news. But it's nonetheless critical that they learn to gauge the legitimacy of news sources and become aware of their own biases.
Edward Jenner, who pioneered vaccination, and two colleagues (right) seeing off three anti-vaccination opponents, with the dead lying at their feet (1808).
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Some people have objected to childhood vaccination since it was introduced in the late 1700s. And their reasons sound remarkably familiar to those of anti-vaxxers today.
The Australian media’s lack of diversity puts significant strain on our democracy.
News Corp on the right, Fairfax on the left. This division has a long history in Australia, to the detriment of quality journalism and public debate.
The first print edition of Denník N, in 2015.
Comments sections may be scary places for reporters but, as the experience of one Slovak daily shows, when journalists engage with readers, it makes for better news.
The New York Times continues to invest in its newsrooms and expand internationally (it has journalists filing stories from over 150 countries), while Fairfax continues to chop newsroom jobs.
While digital revenue streams may be delivering, there's still a strong reliance on print for revenue and research shows readers engage more with print.
A Standard day at the office.
The former chancellor is walking a path between critic and conformist.
The authors of a new book have data that show politicians and the media love talking about heroes, but ordinary people are much more reluctant. That difference could have political consequences.
The censorship board. George Creel is seated at far right.
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An executive order signed in 1917 created what's been called 'the nation's first ministry of information.' The media are still feeling its impact.
As journalism loses its financial footing, it may need more support from foundations.
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Big cash infusions can give nonprofit journalism a much-needed boost. But the ailing news industry needs more consistent funding.
Years of experience. Just in the wrong field.
PA/ Yui Mok
The former chancellor has no experience of journalism, but that hasn't prevented him from taking over London's most important newspaper.
The former Chancellor is by no means the first to walk the line between media and political elite.
Robots writing stories? It's happening at a newsroom near you – and many journalists aren't thrilled.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway chat.
How do we determine what is fact? An archaeologist explains how the answer has changed over time and why it matters so much now.