Outside research and reports

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

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

The Murrow Rural Information Initiative: Access, Digital Citizenship and the Obligations of the Washington State Information Sector | Atwood, 2012.

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

An Information Community Case Study: Scranton | Durkin and Glaisyer, 2010.

Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election | Faris, Roberts, Etling, Bourassa, Zuckerman, and Benkler, 2017.

Linking Audiences to News: A Network Analysis of Chicago Websites | Gordon and Johnson, 2011.

The Battle for ‘Trayvon Martin’: Mapping a Media Controversy Online and Off-line | Graeff, Erhardt, Stempeck, and Zuckerman, 2014.

Ecosystems and Networks | Jarvis, 2014.

Journalism Innovation and the Ecology of News Production: Institutional Tendencies | Lowrey, 2012.

Assessing Local Journalism: News Deserts, Journalism Divides, and the Determinants of the Robustness of Local News | Napoli, Weber, McCollough, and Wang, 2018.

Assessing News Media Infrastructure: A State – Level Analysis | Napoli, Dunham, and Mahone, 2017.

Assessing the health of local journalism ecosystems | Napoli, Stonbely, McCollough, and Renninger, 2015.

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

Mapping Emerging News Networks: A Case Study of the San Francisco Bay Area | Ramos, Gunes, Mensing, and Ryfe, 2013.

The Flow of Digital News in a Network of Sources, Authorities, and Hubs | Weber and Monge, 2011.

Engagement research

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

Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection | Leighninger, 2014.

Good or Bad? Charming or Tedious? Understanding Public Participation | Leighninger & Nabatchi, 2015.

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

Digital News Report 2019 | Reuters Institute

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.


Deepening Engagement for Lasting Impact: A Framework for Measuring Media Performance & Results | Learning for Action, 2013.

Audience studies and survey research

Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017 | Newman, Fletcher, Kalogeropoulos, Levy, & Nielsen, 2017.

Portrait of the Online Local News Audience | McCollough, Crowell, & Napoli, 2015.

What’s At Issue Here? New York Metro Area Residents on the Problems That Concern Them Most | Public Agenda, 2015.

Journalism & Democracy

Systemic Impacts of Mini-Publics | Riedy & Kent, 2017.

The elective affinity between post-truth communication and populist politics | Waisbord, 2018.


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, Democracy Fund, and the Abrams FoundationIts mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.