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2 thoughts on “Media News Digest: BBC Kids to go dark, Time Out to launch in Montreal, Scott Moore leaves Sportsnet

  1. dilbert

    The local news research project story is almost laughable. While they try to avoid going there, they make assumptions that are categorically false.

    First off: While 93 doesn’t “replace” 250 or so closed outlets, there is no real good number of media outlets. Were the 250 too many? Is 93 new ones not enough? How do you measure that?

    Closing community papers sounds bad (on paper at least), the reality is most of these papers had shriveled over the last 20 years to be providing little in the way of community journalism anyway. In many cases, papers that closed were “one of two” or “one of three” in markets that cannot barely support one.

    Also, while they note only 42 new online news sources, that denies the reality of the internet. Your own site here is a source of community news. It’s not a community in the sense of a row of houses or a district, but rather a group of people interested in similar topics and items. There are many, many sites such as your own around the world that provide true community news on a level that this project group would never accept as real.

    I think the story boils down to “we are journalists and we think we need more” and they wrote a story to support that point of view. A more thoughtful review of what closed and why might be a whole lot more informative.

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