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Local journalism in many jurisdictions is under threat as news outlets scale back operations, consolidate or close altogether, and many online local news sites struggle to stay afloat. Policy makers, citizens and others are now joining journalists in sounding the alarm about these losses and the potential impact on communities.

Is no news bad news? Local journalism and its future is a two-day conference scheduled for June 3-4, 2017 and organized by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre. The conference, which will be held on the Ryerson University campus in Toronto, Ont., Canada, will bring together journalists, citizens, policy makers, educators and Canadian and international scholars to share the latest research related to local journalism and to explore potential solutions to the problems faced by this sector.

The conference will feature public panels as well as scholarly presentations dealing with local news-related issues.

The deadline for the submission of panel ideas and abstracts for research papers is Jan. 5, 2017. Presenters will be notified about the decision by Feb. 1, 2017.

For more information, click here for our Call For Papers: cfp-local-journalism-english_french-version