What Works in Community News

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Ellen Clegg, Dan Kennedy

Narrated By:

Chris Baetens


7 hrs and 13 mins

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408.35 MB

Audiobook Summary

A groundbreaking study of the journalism startups that are solving the local news crisis one community at a time

A must-hear for activists, entrepreneurs, and journalists who want to start local news outlets in their communities 

Local news is essential to democracy. Meaningful participation in civic life is impossible without it. However, local news is in crisis. According to one widely cited study, some 2,500 newspapers have closed over the last generation. And it is often marginalized communities of color who have been left without the day-to-day journalism they need to govern themselves in a democracy.

Veteran journalists Ellen Clegg and Dan Kennedy cut through the pessimism surrounding this issue, showing listeners that new, innovative journalism models are popping up across the country to fill news deserts and empower communities. What Works in Community News examines more than a dozen of these projects, including:

Through a blend of on-the-ground reporting and interviews, Clegg and Kennedy show how these operations found seed money and support, and how they hired staff, forged their missions, and navigated challenges from the pandemic to police intimidation to stand as the last bastion of collective truth—and keep local news in local hands.

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