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Articles by Jesse Holcomb

Jesse Holcomb is an assistant professor of journalism at Calvin College.
“So much attention has (rightly) focused on local news gaps in recent years. But I think 2024 is a year when some of that attention — by funders, experts, industry leaders — will turn to the states.”
“While forecasts, studies, and national estimates are useful in thinking about the future of news, the reality is going to play out locally, and no two communities will be exactly alike.”
“It’s a whole new era of convergence, one that a growing segment of the American news audience distrusts — but also can’t resist.”
“The lines between what we think of as public media and nonprofit journalism are beginning to blur, organizational culture and history notwithstanding.”
“For all the urgency around saving local journalism, it’s unclear to me that a persuasive, resounding case has yet been made to key stakeholders, much less the general public, about why it’s worth saving.”
“Turns out you don’t have to live on a coast to be treated with suspicion reserved for ‘elites.'”