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Devon Sanders, a statehouse reporter and student at the Lousiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication, interviewed State Rep. Katrina Jackson in 2018. Richard Watts

Student reporters fill crucial gap in state government coverage

Where regular reporters have disappeared, university-led statehouse reporting programs have stepped in.
Copies of the ‘Montreal Gazette’ are shown on a newsstand in Montréal on Feb. 16, 2023. Local Montréal businessman Mitch Garber has expressed interest in buying the newspaper. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Montreal Gazette: A case for the local ownership of community news media

Local media ownership brings a level of accountability to the news business and offers benefits to communities by increasing voter turnout, reducing polarization and saving communities money.
An Endicott College student covers Election Day in November 2020 in a Massachusetts community as part of the college’s news-academic partnership with Gannett Media. Sloan Friedhaber

How college students can help save local news

Partnerships between universities and local media outlets are key ways to sustain local news where coverage is diminishing.
An infusion of resources into local news outlets in Thunder Bay may help communities contend with recent reports of systemic racism against Indigenous communities. Shutterstock

Thunder Bay: Local news is important for conversations on reconciliation

Thunder Bay has received national press for its historically inequitable relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Local journalism could help the city face those challenges.
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.
The future of local news is sobering but not without some measure of hope. By illuminating both the values and challenges besetting local journalism, we can reimagine a new day for local news. (Shutterstock)

The future of local news is one bound with our own

Local news is in peril. Here’s what can be done to save it.
A screenshot from the Deadspin montage, which featured news anchors repeating the same script decrying ‘fake news.’ Deadspin

Local media struggle to hold Sinclair accountable

In many cases, the mistreatment of TV anchors has become the story – at the expense of bigger questions about corporate ownership.
Sinclair Broadcast Group is under fire, following the spread of a video showing anchors at its stations reading a script criticizing ‘fake’ news stories. Steve Ruark/AP Photo

Why are Sinclair’s scripted news segments such a big deal?

It’s worth looking at how local news stations have traditionally operated.
Who holds officials accountable when cities like Thunder Bay, Ont., rife with political and racial tensions, have no local reporters? (Shutterstock)

How Ottawa should spend its $50 million to support local news

Ottawa must decide how to spend the $50 million it’s allocated to support local journalism. The establishment of a Local News Data Lab would be a good start. Here’s how it might work.
A critical year looms ahead for Canada’s beleaguered newspaper industry. (Shutterstock)

Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers

The year ahead could prove critical for Canadian news media. Will the federal government finally take action to help them, as other countries have?

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