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Navigating The Digital Divide While Preparing For Public Radio's Future

While exploring what the future might look like for public radio, we can't forget that as technology advances, it inevitably leaves people behind.

The possibilities for public media inside the smart-speaker space, for example, are endless. But it's crucial to remember that the barrier to entry is surprisingly high. READ MORE AT WBUR...

Report for America Welcomes More Than Sixty Newsrooms for 2021

Report for America has announced the selection of 64 new local news organizations as host newsroom partners — expanding its support to more than 200 newsrooms across the country for 2021-2022. READ MORE...

PLUS: More Than Half of Media Jobs Lost This Year Are in News

Podcasts Reach Advertising’s Unreachable, but Study Warns of Over-Commercialization

The reach of podcasting continues to grow, especially for hard-to-reach ad avoiders who would rather pay for a Netflix or Spotify subscription than see or hear a commercial. But a new study of podcasting’s “super listeners” – those who listen to five or more hours per week – also has a warning for the industry that if producers over-commercialize the format, they risk losing its biggest fans. READ MORE AT INSIDE RADIO... 

5 Reasons That 2020 Was the Year of Nonprofit Local News

In the narrative about the struggling local news business in America, we hear mostly about layoffs, pay cuts and even closures of publications this year due to the pandemic. But what we rarely hear about is the resilience, the staying power and the growth of nonprofit local news. In 2020, the membership of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) rose by more than 25% — reaching a total of 300 nonprofit news organizations for the first time.

“Perhaps the most striking change over the past few years is that so many more people now get their news from nonprofit sources,” said Sue Cross, executive director of INN. READ MORE AT KNIGHT FOUNDATION...

Local Video Finally Gets Momentum

There have long been predictions about local news organizations embracing more video content. And there have been lots of disappointments. The infamous Facebook “pivot to video” — and the related havoc visited on newsrooms — springs to mind.

But as often happens, those failed initial experiments may have just been too early. Different times can present better opportunities, and maybe we’re entering such a moment for local video. READ MORE AT NIEMAN LAB...

Code Switch Is An Overnight Sensation 7 Years In The Making

NPR assembled a team of journalists in 2013 to plow new ground at the intersection of race and culture. In 2016, the Code Switch team launched a podcast. Here are 4 lessons for future innovations at NPR. READ MORE AT NPR...

More Journalists of Color Become Newsroom Founders

In 2021, we’ll see more journalists of color go from being newsroom employees to newsroom founders. That might seem like an unrealistic future to some — but if you look closely at what’s happened across the industry this year, it doesn’t feel too far off. READ MORE AT NIEMAN LAB...

BONUS: NPR Music's 100 Best Songs of 2020