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New Report Released: The Expanding News Desert

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Read the preface of the new report by Penny Abernathy, The Expanding News Desert, below and then check out the rest of the report and find out if you live…

Free Training: Intro to Data Journalism with the Center for Investigative Reporting

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Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting will be coming to North Carolina June 18-19 to train journalists and students in the art of data reporting. Emmanuel Martinez, data reporter for Reveal/CIR,…

Will two of the largest investment newspaper barons merge into one company?

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Japanese telecommunications conglomerate SoftBank, which last year purchased the $70 billion investment firm that manages the largest newspaper chain in the US—GateHouse—may be considering the addition of another large newspaper…

News deserts pose challenges for local governments, concerned citizens

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Closures and mergers of hundreds of newspapers in recent years are leaving city and county communicators across the country without a reliable news platform to reach residents. This is not…


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Excellent piece from @margaret_high1 about what is at stake when local media struggles. Her family owns @NRnews_NC