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The (re)launch of Rebuild Local News is nothing new. It’s welcome nevertheless.

By Dan Kennedy Tuesday’s announcement about a new organization aimed at helping to ease the local news crisis was a bit of a head-scratcher. Here’s the lead of Sara Fischer’s story at Axios: Local journalism groups representing more than 3,000 local newsrooms have come together to create a new nonprofit that aims to save local…

A Hearst daily in Connecticut will soon go weekly

By Dan Kennedy The Register Citizen of Torrington, Connecticut, is moving from daily to weekly print publication starting March 12. The paper is part of the Hearst CT chain, which has gone all-in on digital — so I wouldn’t criticize this move unless it results in less coverage. Dean Pagani broke the news Wednesday at…

The local news renaissance in Mass. needs to spread beyond the affluent suburbs

By Dan Kennedy People are starting to notice the local news renaissance in Eastern Massachusetts that’s been inspired by the Gannett newspaper chain’s never-ending cuts. Dana Gerber reported in The Boston Globe on Tuesday about “The Great Marblehead Newspaper War,” where three independent start-ups have been launched in response to Gannett’s evisceration of the Marblehead…

By Dan Kennedy There was news in Mark Shanahan’s Boston Globe story on the decline of the once-great Providence Journal under Gannett ownership: the Globe is opening a New Hampshire bureau sometime in 2023, a move similar to what it’s done in Rhode Island. At one time the Globe took New England coverage seriously, even…

A farewell to Twitter

We have deactivated the What Works account on Twitter in response to Elon Musk’s increasingly erratic leadership. We hadn’t been using it for much of anything other than tweeting out new posts from this website. You can sign up for free delivery of posts by email by scrolling down the right-hand rail, entering your email…

A bill to force Google and Facebook to pay for news moves closer to passage

By Dan Kennedy Note: Within a day, the JCPA was dropped from the defense-spending bill, perhaps marking its death knell. See update below. A controversial measure that could force Google and Facebook to pay for the news they repurpose has suddenly been revived in the last days of the lame-duck Congress. The Journalism Competition and…

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