Use this interactive national map to begin your own analysis. Click on any of the four tabs above and place the cursor over the state to get a snapshot. To delve deeper, select a state in the drop-down menu below the map.
2018 Report, The Expanding News Desert, identifies the U.S. communities most at risk and delves into the implications for the news profession and the country.
- The Loss of Local News documents the scale of the loss, the rise of “ghost” newspapers, efforts to fill the void, and the challenges that remain.
- The Enduring Legacy of the New Media Barons examines how private equity and hedge funds altered the newspaper landscape during a period of immense disruption.
Spotlight on Research: Duke University Professor Phil Napoli analyzes the quality and quantity of local news in 100 U.S. communities.
Spotlight on Newsmakers: Two successful digital innovators discuss the lessons they learned when establishing news sites in New Jersey and Hawaii.
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- a community, either rural or urban, with limited access to the sort of credible and comprehensive news and information that feeds democracy at the grassroots level.
The UNC School of Media and Journalism’s Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media has a section just for news entrepreneurs and innovators. Get practical insights from the video lessons and advice you can use from the case studies. Both the lessons and the case studies draw on extensive research into digital business models by Penny Muse Abernathy, co-author of The Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur (Wiley Blackwell: 2018).
To survive and thrive in the digital age, community news organizations must think – and act – differently. Publishers and editors of community newspapers and digital sites can get step-by-step guidance on creating new business strategies, and learn how other news organizations are shedding costs, generating new revenue and reimagining local journalism.