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Local News Journalism Conference: Understanding Local Journalism: An Overview

**Event is free and open to both registrants and non-registrants**RCC 204, Rogers Communications CentreModerator: Jaigris Hodson, Royal Roads UniversityApril Lindgren, Ryerson UniversityThese are challenging times for local news media in Canada. Local broadcast and print newsrooms have been hit by cutbacks, consolidations and closures and many digital-first news sites are struggling to survive. Research on local “news poverty” from The Local News Research Project illustrates the extent to which local news is at risk and available unevenly across Canada.Colette Brin, Université LavalIn Quebec, weekly newspapers are traditionally an important source of local and regional news. In the past few years, however, dozens of these publications have closed or merged. Online initiatives, meanwhile, are relatively rare and concentrated in Montreal. Newspaper owners are now asking for public funding to weather the storm and appealing to advertisers to “buy local.” The Centre d’études sur les médias is documenting changes to the Quebec media landscape.Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon / Cardiff UniversityLocal news is important to audiences, communities and the wider media ecosystem, but fundamental long-term issues remain in terms of sustainability (financial and human), relationships with big media and keeping abreast of changes in audience behaviors and expectations. Although the American and British markets are very different, a number of common challenges remain. This session will explore some of the main similarities and differences to local news provision on both sides of the Atlantic.Michelle Ferrier, Ohio UniversityWhile the media landscape has shifted over the past 10 years with the development of hyperlocal online news sites, in the United States we find these hyperlocals are growing in high income/high education communities, mirroring the class journalism employed by legacy media. Ferrier will discuss strategies to jump-start local coverage in media deserts, including community engagement approaches to building trust and inclusive journalism strategies.

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