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  • Ryerson master of journalism grad receives 25K grant to write book on local news

    Jan. 23, 2017 By AMANDA POPE Staff reporter A recent graduate from Ryerson’s master of journalism program has received a $25,000 Canada Council for the Arts grant to write a book on how local news coverage strengthens rural communities. Angela Long, who graduated from the MJ program this fall, said ongoing losses of local news outlets prompted her to apply…

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  • The power of place: When “local” is more than a catchphrase

    This is one of a series of features, news articles and videos on the June 2017 conference “Is no local news bad news? Local journalism and its future” hosted by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre. Watch the full conference panel below. To read more about the conference and local news, visit:  localnews.journalism.ryerson.ca. By ANGELA LONG Staff reporter This is cottage…

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  • News needs of smaller communities require special attention, researcher says

    By STEPH WECHSLER Special to the RJRC The ongoing discussion about the state of Canadian news media tends to overlook what’s happening in smaller communities, local news advocate Robert Washburn said during a recent presentation at the Ryerson School of Journalism. Community-based newsrooms, including local television and community-run radio stations, are deeply rooted in smaller cities, towns and rural areas…

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  • Canadian news consumers unaware of financial strain on the industry

    By STEPH WECHSLER Special to the RJRC Although Canadians value journalism and believe it is essential to a well-functioning democracy, they don’t want to pay for it, concludes a new study that examined the state of Canadian news media. A survey conducted as part of the Public Policy Forum (PPF) report, “The Shattered Mirror,” found that the Canadians surveyed do…

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  • Suburban and rural communities underserved by local media, new election research suggests

    By JASMINE BALA Staff Reporter The amount of news available about local contests for member of Parliament during the 2015 federal election depended on where in Canada voters were living, a new study by Ryerson University’s Local News Research Project suggests. The research, which compared local coverage of the race for MP in eight communities in Ontario, Manitoba and British…

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