The Stranger: Facebook Is Having Trouble Finding Worthwhile Reporting in News Deserts It Helped Create

The Stranger: Facebook Is Having Trouble Finding Worthwhile Reporting in News Deserts It Helped Create. “Facebook is not the only reason there’s a local news crisis in America. But the rise of Facebook is definitely a major contributor to a massive die-off in community-rooted journalistic enterprises around the country that, according to the Associated Press, has left America’s small towns and urban centers with 1,400 fewer newspapers over the last 15 years.”

Manager’s Corner: KYUK Receives Funding To Digitize Historic Footage (KYUK)

KYUK: Manager’s Corner: KYUK Receives Funding To Digitize Historic Footage. “KYUK has documented life in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since 1971, resulting in a massive collection of audio and video tapes – over 12,000 items! From dance festivals in Mountain Village to traditional kayak building in Bethel, KYUK has been there capturing it all. Because we no longer have the antiquated machines needed to play the recordings back, much of the content has been impossible to access until now. With this funding, KYUK will digitize roughly 2,000 tapes over the next two years and put them online for all to enjoy.”

WIVB: The Buffalo Library has a new digital collection of News 4 content

WIVB: The Buffalo Library has a new digital collection of News 4 content. “The Buffalo Library has a new digital collection now available to the public featuring close to four decades of local television news segments and documentaries seen right here on Channel 4.”

Recode: The alternative to your dying local paper is written by one person, a robot, and you

Recode: The alternative to your dying local paper is written by one person, a robot, and you. “In the last few weeks, both Gannett and McClatchy, which own hundreds of newspapers throughout the country, have announced layoffs and buyouts that will cut hundreds of jobs. A hedge fund-backed bidder wants to buy Gannett, and if it’s successful it would likely ax even more. Against that backdrop, take a look at Patch, the all-digital local news company you probably stopped paying attention to years ago, when AOL used to own the company. For better or worse, it may represent the future of local news.”

Neowin: Google partners with Automattic to support local news with Newspack

Neowin: Google partners with Automattic to support local news with Newspack. “Google has announced a new initiative to help local news publications be more sustainable for their contributors. The Mountain View giant has partnered with Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, to launch Newspack, a set of tools to make online content management and presentation easier. Google has invested $1.2 million in its efforts to kickstart the platform, but funding has also come from a few other organizations, adding another million dollars to that amount.”

Fewer nosy neighbors and data overlords: This German publisher is trying to build a hyperlocal social network (Nieman Lab)

Nieman Lab: Fewer nosy neighbors and data overlords: This German publisher is trying to build a hyperlocal social network. “Dog poop and parking spot shortages: just local news things. These story topics might seem trivial individually but are the core of what matters to local communities — and local news consumers. It’s journalists listening for their questions and getting them answers.”

The Next Web: Facebook’s new local news section could be a boon to social activists and researchers

The Next Web: Facebook’s new local news section could be a boon to social activists and researchers. “One of the biggest challenges faced by social activists is finding and connecting with people affected by issues they’re concerned about. Now, thanks to Facebook’s new local news section, they may find it easier to organize information on such cases, and unite people better to solve them.”