Local News Journalism Conference: Greater than the sum of its parts: Strategies for strengthening local news ecosystems: A lunch talk with Josh Stearns -- J-Source.ca -- The Canadian Journalism Project

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Local News Journalism Conference: Greater than the sum of its parts: Strategies for strengthening local news ecosystems: A lunch talk with Josh Stearns

Josh Stearns, associate director of the Democracy Fund’s Public Square Program, will present a conceptual framework for understanding local news ecosystems and offer concrete strategies for strengthening the health and sustainability of local news and information. Where there once was a thriving news industry dominated locally by big newspapers and TV stations, he observes, there are now struggling news ecosystems made up of small pieces loosely joined. As such, the health of a news ecosystem used to be rooted in the stability of a few big newsrooms, but today healthy news ecosystems are more diverse and dynamic. If we are to support a vibrant and healthy news ecosystem, we have to attend not only to the health of individual newsrooms but also strengthen the connections between them.

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