TVO on donor-driven journalism

In January 2017, TVO received a $2 million donation to help develop local news hubs across Ontario, the first to be opened in Thunder Bay. Kathy Vey, executive producer, explains what charitable approaches to funding journalism can mean for local news. The Innovation Bazaar at Is no local news bad news? The future of local journalism will feature some of…

Discourse Media on informed consent

Discourse Media is working to bring independent, critical reporting to communities underserved by traditional media. To find out more about their approach to impact-driven journalism, follow up with their latest projects here. The Innovation Bazaar at Is no local news bad news? The future of local journalism will feature some of the latest research and experimentation in local news.…

How do cultural attitudes shape crime reporting?

Local news outlets in many parts of Europe do not name those who are accused or convicted of crimes, say researchers who are investigating how differences in cultural attitudes and journalism ethics shape reporting on crime and justice issues.

Romayne Smith Fullerton, an associate professor at Western University, and Maggie Jones Patterson, a professor of journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, are studying variations in crime reporting in 10 European and North American countries.

“We all value things like privacy and the public’s right to know in different ways,” says Smith Fullerton, who is also the ethics editor at J-Source…

The Conversation is coming to Canada

The Conversation Canada, a new edition of a global digital project, will bring the knowledge of academics to local explanatory journalism. Anyone can access their content for free under Creative Commons when they roll out their first projects in summer 2017. The Innovation Bazaar at Is no local news bad news? The future of local journalism will…

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.