Stanford University: Stanford scholars are helping journalists do investigative journalism through data. “A team of Stanford University scholars are launching a data-driven initiative to help journalists find stories at a lower cost, to support local newsrooms explore public interest issues and fight against misinformation.”
TV Technology: Local News Sources Losing Ground To Live Streaming From Social Media. “A growing number of U.S. broadband households is spending more time watching user generated live content on social media, according to a new industry report from Parks Associates. The growth in this sector parallels a declining number of viewers getting their news from local new sources.” I’m pretty sure that’s local news services, not local new services. Only pointing it out because it does change the meaning of the paragraph a bit.
Wired: What Happens When Facebook Mistakenly Blocks Local News Stories. “IN JULY, DANIELLE Bostick joined a nationwide movement against sexual violence on school campuses when she made a Facebook page for her daughter. ‘Justice for Francesca’ is meant to raise awareness about the 15-year-old, who was sexually assaulted last summer by a classmate she didn’t know. For weeks, Bostick used the page to share articles about Francesca’s case and those of other students in similar circumstances. But recently, Bostick began running into problems with Facebook’s platform.”
Nieman Lab: An analysis of 16,000 stories, across 100 U.S. communities, finds very little actual local news. “We know that local journalism is suffering. We talk about news deserts and shuttering newspapers. Research has tended to focus on individual communities, or more broadly on certain types of journalism outlets and the coverage of certain types of topics. But what do the problems for local news look like on a broader level? Researchers from the News Measures Research Project at Duke analyzed more than 16,000 news stories across 100 U.S. communities with populations ranging from 20,000 to 300,000 people. (U.S. Census data identifies 493 such communities; the researchers chose a random sample of 100.) What they found isn’t promising.”
New York Times: News From Your Neighborhood, Brought to You by the State of New Jersey . “The state’s lawmakers have embarked on a novel experiment to address a local news crisis: putting up millions of dollars in the state’s most recent budget to pay for community journalism. While public television and radio stations have long received government funds, new media experts like Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute say they have not heard of any other efforts on this scale, with a state helping to pay for reporting projects among a range of news media, including for-profit outlets.”
Arizona State University: News Co/Lab survey: People don’t consider local news ‘fake’. “A new national survey shows that although nearly one in five Americans immediately associate the word ‘news’ with the word ‘fake,’ only a tiny number use that word to describe local news.”
BuzzFeed News: Chance The Rapper Bought The Chicagoist Website And He’s Going To Relaunch It. “Chance the Rapper announced in a new song that dropped Wednesday that he’s bought Chicagoist, a local news site about his hometown that was closed last year by its millionaire owner after staff voted to unionize.”