CityNews on getting out of the studio

CityNews is bringing its daily broadcast to Toronto without an anchor stuck behind a desk in the studio. Dave Budge, CityNews general manager, expands on what we gain from an anchor-less approach to the news. The Innovation Bazaar at Is no local news bad news? The future of local journalism will feature some of the latest research and…

The Conversation is coming to Canada

A new iteration of a global online news project will bring academics’ expertise to local journalism in Canada.

The Conversation, a news site founded in Australia and brought to the U.S. in 2014, focuses on explanatory journalism designed to help readers understand critical issues in their communities with the insight of scholars whose extensive work in a given field doesn’t always make it to such a broad audience.

“I’ve personally felt that the primary purpose of journalism is to provide people with information that allows them to make their own informed decisions about important things in their life,” says Scott White, editor of the new Canadian edition of the site, which launches this summer.

Local News Research Project on mapping news poverty in Canada

The Local News Research Project maps crowdsourced data to show changes in the local news landscape in Canada. Jon Corbett, associate professor in Community, Culture and Global Studies at UBC Okanagan and the Ryerson School of Journalism’s April Lindgren share the significance of their latest research. The Innovation Bazaar at Is no local news bad news? The future of…

Police practice of withholding crime victims’ names can pose challenges for journalistic credibility, Ryerson Journalism professor’s research shows

Police departments across Canada are refusing to release the names of victims in fatality and murder investigations, a practice one researcher calls a “tremendous step back for press freedom” that could put the public at risk. The withholding of names by police is something new, says Lisa Taylor, an assistant professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism in Toronto. She said journalists made her aware of the issue when they called asking her to comment on the matter in her capacity as an academic.

How to scale our understanding of local news health

The economics of local news are no small challenge, but soon we may be able to anticipate significant causes of unhealthy news ecosystems in different U.S. cities.

Philip Napoli, the James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy at Duke University, says he thinks it’s time to “get past the broad generalization that local journalism is suffering” and start to understand which types of communities are most affected.

“Imagine a little state like New Jersey that has over 500 municipalities. Five-hundred separate local governments. Politically, they’re operating at that level of granularity,” Napoli said.

Local news trends in U.S. and U.K. to be explored at June conference

Intersecting trends from both the United States and the United Kingdom show that there may be valuable lessons to be found in comparing different news markets across the world, according to journalism researchers based in the U.S.

Shared characteristics like the decline of print and the essential hemorrhaging of digital ad revenue in English-language news environments have meant that many outlets have had to test potential solutions to newsroom woes. But geography often limits where organizations look to find models for success.

Hyperlocal news outlets failing to maintain focus on communities they cover, research shows

Hyperlocal news publications are turning out to be “not all that local,” says a researcher who looks at the geography of news at the community level.

Carrie Buchanan, a journalism professor at John Carroll University, says that she expected hyperlocal news publications, which often focus on a small suburb or neighbourhood in a larger city, to be better than their metropolitan media counterparts at helping foster identity in local communities.

But since they often do not, as she has found, it can mean real consequences for civic engagement.

Initiatives for strengthening local news systems to be discussed at June conference

Experiments in the United States show that there are ways to foster healthier local news systems through innovative financial models, community engagement and collaboration between newsrooms, says a leading authority on local news “fixes.” Josh Stearns, associate director of the Democracy Fund’s Public Square Program, said he saw first-hand the positive impact these types of initiatives can have while working with six local news organizations in New Jersey.

Perspectives on engagement

    The panel “Perspectives on engagement” was presented at Is no local news bad news? The future of local journalism, a June 2017 conference hosted by the Ryerson School of Journalism. This discussion – moderated by Ryerson University’s Joyce Smith – featured speakers Matthew Powers of the University of Washington, Dan Rowe of Humber College,…

What is local? A work in progress

    The panel “What is local? A work in progress” was presented at Is no local news bad news? The future of local journalism, a June 2017 conference hosted by the Ryerson School of Journalism. This discussion – moderated by Deakin University’s Kristy Hess – featured speakers Carrie Buchanan of John Carroll University, Maria Holubowicz…