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Lookout doesn’t want its local news sites to be a supplement or alternative to the local daily. They aim to be the news source of record in their communities, outgunning their shrunken newsprint rivals from Day 1.
Starting in May, Facebook will also solicit ideas for ways to build community through local news, looking for around 100 participants to receive funding and mentorship.
There seems to be some momentum among those with deep pockets to address the local news crisis. But if that money appears, where should it be directed?
Of the 1,800 newspapers lost since 2004, 1,700 of them were weekly papers. But it’s not because their audience disappeared — it’s because the papers did.
“Participants said they had too much information and news on their screens and that they had to opt out, sort through and hunt for information that they were actually interested in.”
“Sometimes a story was literally just a YouTube video that they were linking to.”