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Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a panelist on “Beat the Press,” a weekly media program on Boston’s WGBH-TV. His blog, Media Nation, is online at www.dankennedy.net. Kennedy’s book, The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-newspaper Age, was published in 2013.
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“For someone just starting out with a local news project, the most important takeaway from our report — and our work in general — is that we are stronger working together than we are working alone.”
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“We could use Sunday print to boost us into the stratosphere, to get us into a stable orbit where we can launch other things.”
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WNHH, debuting next week, aims to extend the community journalism of the New Haven Independent to the airwaves — and to reflect the city it’s in.
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It’s been one of the notable successes in nonprofit online community journalism. Now the Independent is dealing with an issue common to small outlets: staff turnover.
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Washington Post Live is a small way for the D.C. newspaper to expand its brand outside the Beltway.
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The idea of a news cooperative — owned by the community it covers — is closer to getting a real-world test in Massachusetts.
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Does the idea of giving up some control and moving to a federated, networked model of journalism bother some media executives?
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Why be limited to one medium? Taking to the terrestrial airwaves would bring a new audience to the Independent’s journalism.
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“A feisty newspaper owner who fights back in public? Bring it on. That’s certainly an improvement over the gray management style of the Times Company.”
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Nonprofits are great, but a replicable, sustainable model for making money in local news online is the holy grail. In upstate New York, The Batavian is showing the way.
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