Outside research and reports

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We’re always looking at the excellent work of our colleagues in related fields. Below is a selection of studies that relate to growing and strengthening local journalism.

Ecosystem studies

Assessing the health of local journalism ecosystems | Napoli et al., 2015.

How News Happens: A study of the news ecosystem of one American city | Pew Research Center, 2010.

Journalistic Networks and the Diffusion of Local News: The Brief, Happy News Life of the “Francisville Four” | Anderson, 2010.

Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate | Benkler et al., 2013.

Engagement research

Center for Media Engagement (multiple reports) | Moody College of Communication @ UT-Austin.

On the importance of local journalism

As Local News Goes, So Goes Citizen Engagement | Hayes, D. & Lawless, J. The Journal of Politics, 2015.

Television and Voter Turnout | Gentzkow, M. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2006.

The Effect of Newspaper Entry and Exit on Electoral Politics | Gentzkow, M., Shapiro, J., & Sinkinson, M. The American Economic Review, 2011.

Revenue and sustainability studies

Literature review | The Membership Puzzle Project.

Paying for News: Why people subscribe and what it says about the future of journalism | American Press Institute, 2017.

Survival is Success: Journalistic online start-ups in Western Europe | Bruno & Kleis Nielsen, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 2012.

Sustainable Strategies: Lessons from a year at the Texas Tribune | Batsell, Knight Foundation, 2015.

On the state of local news

Searching for Sheboygans: On the future of small market newspapers | Ali, Radcliffe, Schmidt, & Donald, 2017.



About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.

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