Life Breathed into Local Journalism

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by Ben Cohen

This isn't the answer to the collapsing journalism profession, but it's still a ray of light and a sign that people still care about real reporting:

NPR has received $3 million in funding to launch a new journalism
project that will focus on providing in-depth, hyper-local coverage on
community-specific issues on an online platform. NPR received $2
million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and $1
million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The new funding will allow a pilot group of a dozen NPR stations
with the resources to provide in-depth, hyper-local news on a topic
that is most relevant to the community where the station is located.
The grants also allow the stations to hire new “journalist bloggers,”
who will focus exclusively on reporting and aggregating news about a
topic relevant to that city. The pilot radio and TV stations have not
been chosen yet.