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.
The Expanding News Desert, identifies the U.S. communities most at risk and delves into the implications for the news profession and the country.
Spotlight on Research: Ryerson University Professor April Lindgren documents the loss of local news throughout Canada.
Spotlight on Newsmakers: What happens when a town loses its newspaper? Explore the rise and fall of the nearly 100-year-old weekly Chapel Hill News.
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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.