"Saving Community Journalism" is a clear-eyed and invaluable exploration of what it will take for newspapers—the engines of community journalism—to not only survive, but thrive."Alex S. Jones, Director of Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press

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This book tackles a timely, important topic with depth, originality and new insights. Both scholars and journalism practitioners will welcome it." Carl Sessions Stepp, Professor of Journalism, University of Maryland

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The engaging style and practical examples in this book will appeal to both journalists and scholars." Library Journal

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This is a passionate, wise and highly useful survival guide for community newspapers at a time of bewildering change."Nicholas Lemann, Professor of Journalism and former Dean, Columbia University School of Journalism

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Provides step-by-step guidance on creating new business and journalistic strategies for newspapers, as well as digital start-ups.

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Explores how various news organizations are shedding legacy costs, reinventing local journalism and pursuing new revenue.

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Why Saving Community Journalism Is Important
local news organizations are the glue that binds communities, reminding us 'every day of our collective identity, the stake we have in one another, and the lessons of history.' -Ron Heifetz, Harvard University

The historic role of newspapers – informing, nurturing and improving communities, both large and small – is vitally important in the digital age. That’s why both newspapers and digital start-ups must reimagine journalism and reinvent their business models so they can continue to provide the news that feeds our democracy.

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Learn more about the 200 students and professors, as well as industry and business experts, who inspired and contributed to this project, including the book, Saving Community Journalism, and this instructional site.

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