Columbia Journalism Review: Should a Colorado library publish local news?

Columbia Journalism Review: Should a Colorado library publish local news?. “Voters in Longmont—who previously approved a publicly owned fiber-optic broadband network, and now have some of the fastest internet speeds in the nation—could be asked to consider new taxes to fund a ‘library district,’a special governmental subdivision that would operate a community library. Roughly a dozen residents are pushing to explore the library district to include some form of community news component.”

The Outline: The woman who recorded 70,000 VHS tapes of… news

The Outline: The woman who recorded 70,000 VHS tapes of… news. “In December 2013, the Internet Archive, a non-profit in San Francisco committed to creating a free digital library, received 70,000 VHS tapes comprising a treasure trove of televised news. Apart from coverage of historical events like 9/11, the tapes contained quirky local stories that never commanded particular attention beyond the day they aired. They all came from a single source: Marion Stokes, a Philadelphia woman who began recording the news during the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979, and didn’t stop until her death in 2012.”

Nieman Lab: What kind of local news is Facebook featuring on Today In? Crime, car crashes, and not too much community

Nieman Lab: What kind of local news is Facebook featuring on Today In? Crime, car crashes, and not too much community. “…what kind of local news is Facebook providing in the places where Today In is live? Crime alerts and court decisions, mostly. The crime-and-courts-and-death beats — often just TEEN MISSING or SEXUAL PREDATOR ON THE LOOSE stuff, barely digested police alerts — represented more than half of the stories in Today In during a week-long experiment I ran recently. “

Taking local news to the really local level: Using location data to deliver relevant local news (Nieman Lab)

Nieman Lab: Taking local news to the really local level: Using location data to deliver relevant local news. “Our way of exploring the issue was to test an app that sends people local news stories about where they actually are. Unlike national or international newsrooms that are incentivized to send or organize stories by continent, country, state, or city — local newsrooms can organize stories about neighborhoods, wards, counties, and towns. They write about block-level issues, and if technology lets us deliver stories by block now, the chances that a nearby local story will be relevant to someone increases significantly.”

PLOS One: Reliance on Facebook for news and its influence on political engagement

PLOS One: Reliance on Facebook for news and its influence on political engagement. “This paper examines the link between reliance on Facebook for news, political knowledge, and political engagement in the Philippines. We tested five hypotheses using data gathered from an online survey of 978 Filipinos conducted from February 1 to March 31, 2016. Findings support the hypothesis that those who rely less on social media as a news source exhibit higher levels of perceived knowledge about politics than those who rely more on it for news.”

Local News Ecosystem Mapping: Using Databases To Build A Comprehensive List Of Local News Producers (Center for Cooperative Media)

Center for Cooperative Media: Local News Ecosystem Mapping: Using Databases To Build A Comprehensive List Of Local News Producers. “This is the second post in a series about a research project Jesse Holcomb and I are undertaking to map the local news ecosystems of New Jersey. This project aims to be the most comprehensive, but scalable, local news ecosystem mapping project to-date, one that can be replicated across the United States. It builds explicitly on the methodology and execution of Napoli’s News Measures Research Project, but with some important tweaks.”

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.”