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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"News deserts are ominous to democracy, but how many
there are and how fast they’re spreading has been a mystery
— until now."
Tom Stites, Founder and President of the Banyan Project

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Learn more about the dramatic loss of local newspapers in recent years and the media barons who are transforming the industry.

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


Dig Deeper

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


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Recommends  books, reports, blogs and other sources  to help you and your news organization chart new strategies for the digital age.


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Offers you an opportunity to engage with others through our blog, attend online and in-person events, and view our video library.

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

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Author Penny Muse Abernathy

It Takes a Community

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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  • Do Some Newspapers Want to Die?
    Do some newspapers have a death wish?  Allegra Jordan, managing director of the consulting firm, Innovation Abbey, asks that provocative question based on her recent experience advising media and technology companies, as well as nonprofit groups that are helping communities around the world rebuild and renew themselves.