Tag: local news

by Daniela Gerson

Alhambra, a predominantly immigrant suburb located about 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is at the crossroads of two national trends: a drop in local news coverage and a diversified population. Five years ago, University of Southern California’s Annenberg School launched the multilingual site Alhambra Source to investigate how local news can impact civic […] more »

by Matt DeRienzo

This has been a very bad year — after a succession of bad years — for journalism jobs at big corporate chain-owned local newspapers. Given what’s left in some newsrooms, and the flailing business models of their parent companies, it’s hard to see it ending well. But there’s good news about what is likely to and already is starting […] more »

by Mike Rispoli

One of the main goals of our News Voices: New Jersey project is to elevate the role of communities at their local media outlets. To that end, we asked our Garden State members to tell us how they consume news, what issues they care about, and how well they feel local media reflect their communities. […] more »

by Josh Stearns

This piece was co-written by Molly de Aguiar.  If you are a resident of Morristown, New Jersey you get 23 times more news coverage per capita than the state’s largest city, Newark, NJ. Residents in Morristown have access to 2.5 times more coverage per capita than New Brunswick. New research, from Rutgers University, being released […] more »

by Molly de Aguiar

At the Dodge Foundation, we just gave a first-time grant to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) for a collaborative investigative reporting project here in New Jersey. I’ve been an admirer of CIR for a while now, not just for the quality and impact of its investigative journalism, but also for its creative storytelling which […] more »

by Jessica Partnow

Jama Abdirahman is a 22-year-old student at Seattle Central College. He loves photography and the Seahawks. His parents, who are from Somalia, hope he’ll become an engineer. It’s unlikely that Jama would become a journalist. Journalism is dying, right? Plus, people of color made up just 13.34% of US newsrooms in 2014. That’s less than […] more »

by Josh Stearns

The Lo-Down, a six-year-old community news site and monthly magazine on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, just launched a very smart crowdfunding pitch. They are asking their community to help fund a one-year reporting project on the struggles of small businesses in their neighborhood. Here is why I think this is clever: Listening to […] more »

by Molly de Aguiar

Sometimes we get candid feedback from journalism organizations that they do not have the capacity or resources to try some of the new ideas and tools we highlight on Local News Lab and in the weekly Local Fix newsletter. We understand. There are many chicken and egg situations when it comes to small, local journalism […] more »

by Josh Stearns

People are hungry for local news and they follow local issues and debates closely. I’ve seen that in my daily work with newsrooms and communities in New Jersey and New York, and it is reinforced in a new report on “Local News in a Digital Age” just released by the Pew Research Center. Using surveys, […] more »

by Jeremy Hay

I’m an outsider trying to work inside a community to launch its own local news organization, the success of which will depend largely on it being organic to the community. I tell people the news service will be here in East Palo Alto. At other times, I say it will be there. I stand in […] more »