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New approaches for funding, access and the structure of sustainable local journalism in the USA

Local news is a serious business, as seen in this screenshot from a webinar hosted by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University on 20th January 2022.

“What role can (and should) media policy play in supporting a strong, sustainable, vibrant local media sector in the United States?”

That’s a question that I’ve been exploring through a five-part webinar series, supported by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, and designed to introduce and…

Tracie Powell, Graciela Mochkofsky and Simon Galperin explore issues surrounding community information and news

Photo via Sam Draddy on Twitter.

By Nick Mathews

The conversation about the significance of local news is growing louder across the United States and around the world, but, at the center of discussion, there too often remains a giant hole — one occupying the smallest news organizations.

These frequently ignored organizations were in the spotlight…

Those with the biggest megaphone and budget often dominate the media policy agenda. How do we redress that?

Photo via Sam Draddy on Twitter.

Too often it feels like the media policy agenda is dominated by those with the largest lobbying budgets, biggest footprint and the highest-profile.

Yet a large amount of community news and information is produced by smaller players. …

New levels of investment, digital adoption and deployment have further reshaped businesses and the consumer experience this year. These trends look set to endure into 2022 and beyond.

COVID-19 has helped to herald a new era of digitisation across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), transforming consumer behavior and investment in sectors such as e-commerce, education and FinTech.

This looks set to continue in 2022, although its impacts may vary.

In this new article for ZDNet, I…

Deep dives into audio journalism, tech in the Middle East, digital trends as well as tips for navigating changing journalistic practice

Image via mediabistro

This is the third in a series of year-end round-ups, bringing together links to my work over the past year.

After a look at the five new research reports I published, my media mentions and interviews, as well as the panels and workshops I spoke at, this post aggregates my…

The impact of COVID on journalism in the Global South, managing misinformation, digital trends and the future of local journalism… just some of the topics I touched on this year

Talking about Digital Disruption — in person! — to members of Northwest Public Power Association at their annual conference in Portland, Oregon, 13 October 2021

This post follows on from an earlier round-up sharing links to the applied research I published in 2021.

COVID-19 once again meant that almost all my travel this year was virtual. But Zoom made it possible to engage in events hosted by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) in Europe…

The impact of COVID-19 on journalism in the Global South, innovation in newsrooms, a survey of local newspapers, revenue diversification approaches by media publishers, and my ninth annual report on the state of Social Media in the Middle East

’Tis the season to look back at the past 12 months. Over the next few days, I’ll bring together my output from the past year around media business and revenue models, changing journalistic practice (including local media,) and digital/tech in the Middle East.

I’ll also share the media mentions, speaker…

Lack of trust, disconnects between newsroom and audience, and appealing to younger audiences and reporters, are all big issues

Image from Shutterstock via Poynter

This is an extract from a report — “Life at Local Newspapers in a Turbulent Era: Findings from a survey of more than 300 newsroom employees in the United States”published by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in October. …

Newsrooms talk of being thrust into COVID coverage unprepared, its impact on news products and practices, as well as satisfaction levels with coverage

Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images via the Pew Research Center

This is an extract from a report — “Life at Local Newspapers in a Turbulent Era: Findings from a survey of more than 300 newsroom employees in the United States”published by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in October. …

Damian Radcliffe

Chambers Professor in Journalism @uoregon | Fellow @TowCenter @CardiffJomec @theRSAorg | Write @wnip @ZDNet | Host Demystifying Media podcast https://itunes.app

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