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Local news under the academic lens

May 28, 2018
By: 
Cindy MacDougall
Credit: The Future of Local News: Research and Reflections

What’s the future of the local newspaper or radio station, and what is the effect of local news on politics and society? Those questions are explored by a new international academic journal co-edited by College of Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Prof. Jaigris Hodson and Ryerson University Assistant Prof. Asmaa Malik.

The Future of Local News: Research and Reflections, launched this week by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre, focuses on the current and future state of local news around the world.

This multimedia volume features peer-reviewed papers, interactive maps, videos, podcasts and articles by academics from Mount Royal University, the University of BC, Ryerson University and universities across North America and Europe.

The journal also showcases short documentaries produced by student journalists who gathered firsthand stories of the struggles and successes of Canadian news organizations in the face of disruption.

The Future of Local News is an open access publication under a Creative Commons license. It is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant Program and the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre, as well as the Ryerson University Faculty of Communication and Design.