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Reasons to be Cheerful

Tolu Olasoji

20 August 2021

South Africa

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Quote This Woman+ (QW+) is a database of women experts – as well as other people systematically ignored or misconstrued by mainstream media narratives. QW+ provides an easy way for journalists and news producers to fi...

The Atlantic

Amanda Ripley

18 May 2021

United States

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E.W. Scripps, a broadcasting company with 60 stations in 42 markets, invested heavily in talking with young people to understand what they want from local news. The results overwhelmingly showed that they want less se...

Canadaland

Tobin Ng

12 May 2021

Canada

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Digital news startups and platforms are contributing to the growth of independent media in Canada. The outlets are delivering news that can target specific groups and serve specific communities, as opposed to traditio...

The Daily Yonder

John Miller

19 April 2021

Wheeling, West Virginia, United States

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Ledenews.com is one of the more than 80 online-only news sites started in 2019 to fill the void in news deserts. The site covers sports, politics, traffic, and local stories about local people in the Wheeling, WV area...

The Seattle Times

Brier Dudley

9 April 2021

Indiana, United States

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A wealthy investor bought 21 local publications in Indiana to prevent them from closing, an increasingly common trend in the U.S. The 21 Indiana publications employ about 60 people and have relied on a model to be pro...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Joel Mathis

1 March 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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As local journalism businesses struggle with dwindling advertising and readership, posing a threat to accountability journalism focused on state and local governments, nonprofit newsrooms are filling some of the void....

Scalawag

Alexis Wray

2 February 2021

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

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In 2018, The A&T Register, the online student-run newspaper for North Carolina A&T State University, the largest Black university in the country, conducted a media investigation. It examined the way local media wrote ...

The Boston Globe

Mark Shanahan

28 December 2020

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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VTDigger is an online nonprofit that publishes breaking news, policy reporting, and investigative work. A newsroom with 20 full-time reporters and editors generates about 8-10 stories a day that are relevant to reside...

Nieman Lab

Hanaa’ Tameez

24 November 2020

United States

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The NewsRun is “a daily newsletter that summarizes Pakistan’s major stories of the day." It’s helping Pakistani people stay on top of the news. Some Pakistani people who live in the country get overwhelmed with the da...

Nieman Lab

Hanaa' Tameez

20 November 2020

Brazil

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A news initiative in Brazil is tapping into the demographic of 15 to 24-year-olds by partnering with social media influencers. Ten news outlets produce journalism which is then converted into content by a diverse grou...

Journalism.co.uk

Sophie Aristotelous

12 November 2020

United Kingdom

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There isn’t a lot of media outlets providing age-appropriate news for children. So, four journalists came together to create “KidNuz,” a children’s news podcast. The show has garnered thousands of listeners. “Although...

Nieman Lab

Ben DeJarnette

12 November 2020

New York, New York, United States

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City Limits, a nonprofit newsroom in New York City that specializes in longer-form journalism, created a judicial election voter guide that received nearly 81,000 page views, more than six times that of the site’s oth...

J-Source

Holly Cabrera

Meriem Chiadmi

Lucie Laumonier

Martin Payette

Amelie Daoust-Boisvert

30 October 2020

Canada

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Based on an approach that one participant termed “what gets measured gets done,” several Canadian media watchers and news organizations are prodding journalists to quote more women in news stories by auditing sources'...

Columbia Journalism Review

Shinhee Kang

Ian Karbal

Feven Merid

27 October 2020

Ohio, United States

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Ohio media outlets have provided practical voter information to combat confusion. WOSU, the local NPR affiliate, created an online guide for mail-in voting, with deadlines prominently bolded and videos explaining how ...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Susan Geier

18 September 2020

United States

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Local newspapers that have weathered the past decade of decline in the journalism industry have needed to innovate and pivot their strategy to stay afloat in the wake of the pandemic. With a worldwide economic slowdow...

Poynter

Eliana Miller

1 September 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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During a year of racial-justice protests nationwide, journalists whose job is to hold institutions to account for racist outcomes have turned their gazes inward, to their own newsrooms. Their efforts have won some pro...

Columbia Journalism Review

Corey Hutchins

31 August 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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To combat the dire or non-existent future that many local news outlets throughout Colorado were facing, journalism institutions stopped competing with one another and instead joined forces to create a statewide collab...

100 Days in Appalachia

Chris Jones

23 July 2020

West Virginia, United States

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Thirty-six people protesting police violence and racism held the first civil rights march in Terra Alta. Met by counter-protesters with guns who were expecting out-of-town agitators, the groups engaged in peaceful and...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Angela Ross

11 June 2020

Australia

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ABC News in Australia is using a solutions-focused, or constructive, approach to reporting on social problems. Focusing in particular on three areas, affordable housing, stormwater, and obesity, the Hobart newsroom is...

Next City

Emily Nonko

13 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a project called Fill the Walls With Hope has come together, pairing public art with hyper-local information. The initiative, which has collaborated with various local organizations, came together as ...

Poynter

Kristen Hare

23 April 2020

United States

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Since launching in 2017, the nonprofit Report For America has subsidized hundreds of journalists' salaries to rebuild local-news outlets' ability to provide trusted news coverage of local public affairs. Though there ...

Los Angeles Times

Melissa Etehad

14 April 2020

Ely, Nevada, United States

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Local radio station, KDSS-FM in Ely, Nevada is filling information needs with crucial COVID-19 related updates. Located in a region with no local TV station and just a once-a-week newspaper, the daily broadcast, which...

The Marshall Project

Keri Blakinger

11 February 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Around the United States, news organizations are taking a new approach to the use of mugshots in their crime reporting. While still the norm in many places, newsrooms like the Houston Chronicle have stopped publishing...

Poynter

Rick Edmonds

4 November 2019

United States

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While newspaper staffs shrank dramatically, eroding resources to cover local and statewide news, local public radio stations added 1,000 full- and part-time journalists, a 50% increase, between 2011 and 2018. While st...

Christian Science Monitor

Doug Struck

30 September 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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With one in every five newsrooms closing in the country over the last four years (that's 1800 newspapers), many local papers are trying radical new models to buck the trend. Novel strategies employed include turning t...

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