While big-city newsrooms discuss the future of local news, the voice of rural Canada wanes READ MORE THE POWER OF PLACE: WHEN 'LOCAL' IS MORE THAN A CATCHPHRASE The challenges of covering national issues on multicultural platforms READ MORE PUTTING CANADIAN POLITICS ON THE MAP WITH ETHNIC MEDIA Experts investigating local news ecosystems research community characteristics that may predict news poverty READ MORE NEWSPAPER CLOSURES IN GUELPH, BRAMPTON LEAVING COMMUNITIES UNDERSERVED

Collaborations between newsrooms and j-schools can help fill local news gaps

Newsroom collaborations can give students valuable training and provide a service by filling gaps in local news coverage, says a media labour expert.

Errol Salamon, the work and labour editor at J-Source, says that established media publishers and editors have also helped students by giving them the temporary power to run mainstream media companies.

In 1933, the Vancouver Sun gave students at the University of British Columbia an opportunity to take over the newsroom for the day. This was over a decade before formal journalism programs were introduced in Canada.

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News health bolstered by local collaborations, expert’s work shows

Collaborations between newsrooms and community members could be key to saving local news, says an expert in journalism and community engagement.

Growing sustainable journalism models in areas that are underserved by  local news organizations is more complicated than aiding individual outlets, says Josh Stearns, associate director of the U.S.-based Democracy Fund’s Public Square Program. Instead, he said, stakeholders must find innovative ways to bring newsrooms and community members together to maintain local news.

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How crime reporting ethics shift through cultures

Journalists around the world make the mistake of assuming that their journalistic ethical are the best – or only –standards. Especially with crime reporting, what might seem normal in North America is shocking to some cultures in Europe, say two researchers from Canada and the United States.

Naming victims and suspects in serious crimes is the default approach in North America, a practice meant to support the public’s right to know critical information about their community. But in some areas of Europe, not identifying people in news stories is meant to serve as a way to rehabilitate people and their reputations.

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Local news matters because it connects community members

Local news matters because it fosters debate, instigates major social change and connects community members, participants at a recent conference on the future of local news were told.

“Does Local News Matter? Tales from the Trenches” offered four perspectives on the impact local journalism can have on a community and what happens in its absence. The presentations took place June 3 as part of Is no local news bad news? The future of local journalism, a conference hosted by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre.

Local news, the panelists agreed, matters now more than ever.

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