ARTICLE: Young people, news media and social engagement in the Netherlands

Nico Drok, Liesbeth Hermans and Karijn Kats, all of of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, explore how Dutch millennials’ social engagement relates to their news interest, their news media use and their news preferences. The study is part of a research project called “Young people, news media use and participation”. Data were collected in 2014, using a quantitative … Continued

ARTICLE: Solutions journalism engages stigmatized communities

In areas stigmatized with high levels of violence, crime, and poverty, negative news stories may be the only local news available, write Andrea Wenzel, Evelyn Moreno, Minhee Son and Breanna Morrison Hawkins, of University of Southern California and Daniela Gerson, of California State University (not in original order). The article explores how participants in six focus groups responded … Continued

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ARTICLE: Changing image of military experiments in Italian local press

The representation of the PISQ military testing site in Sardinia, Italy, changed significantly over the years, Aide Esu and Simone Maddanu, both of University of Cagliari, write. The authors analysed 1 600 news articles about the site, published by the local newspaper L’Unione Sarda between 1956 and 2013. Esu and Maddanu identified four distinct phases … Continued

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REPORT: US communities are hurt by ailing local press

The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM), part of the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism, has launched a supplementary report on so-called “news deserts” in the United States. It is a follow-up to an earlier report published in fall 2016. The new report updates the previous one with … Continued

Local journalism and new business models

New issue of Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies is now published. The issue features articles from both academics and practitioners, who explore issues from normative questions about the role of journalists and (new) business models to more specific enquiries into journalists’ post-Leveson working routines and practices. Here is a list of the articles included: … Continued

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VIDEO: Hyperlocal projects in Sweden

We interviewed Elizabeth Stur of Mid Sweden University, Asta Cepaite of Lund University and Lottie Jangdal of Mid Sweden University about their new project on hyperlocal media in Sweden. They are studying hyperlocal journalism entrepreneurs working in the countryside. The project started during the autumn in 2016. The researchers are aiming to follow local entrepreneurs … Continued


CFP | 30.3. | What will the future hold for local journalism?

The journal Sur le journalisme is looking for papers for its upcoming special issue on local journalism. The issue is entitled “Local News: sustainability, participation and community life” and it is edited by David Domingo, of Université Libre de Bruxelles, Josep-Àngel Guimerà i Orts, of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Andy Williams, of Cardiff University. … Continued