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Australian Community Media’s mastheads include The Canberra Times, The Newcastle Herald, The Border Mail (in Albury), The Illawarra Mercury (in Wollongong), The Ballarat Courier, The Examiner (in Launceston) and the Bendigo Advertiser. Shutterstock

After a dark decade for Australia’s regional newspapers, a hopeful light flickers

The sale of Australian Community Media may signal better fortunes for regional publishing. But there are ongoing concerns about the viability of the local news business model.
Newcastle, Australia’s second-biggest non-capital city. Research confirms just how important a local newspaper is to a local community. Darren Pateman/AAP

What a local newspaper means to a regional city like Newcastle

Being sold off is the best news the staff and readers of the Newcastle Herald have had for a long time.
Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root interviews New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn along Highway 652 near the Texas-New Mexico border. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune/Courtesy of NewsMatch

How local journalism can upend the ‘fake news’ narrative

A recent survey found that Americans trust local media outlets far more than national ones.
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.

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