Is the Presence of a Local News Outlet Enough? Buchanan’s Examination of Hyperlocal News

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One of the key benefits often ascribed to local news is that local news outlets facilitate more hyperlocal reporting. That is to say, the presence of a local news outlet is associated, at least in many people’s minds, with an increased coverage of local stories in a community. But is this correlation true in practice?

In our multimedia online publication The Future of Local News: Research and Reflections, Carrie Buchanan from the department of Communication and Theatre at John Carroll University explores this idea, examining mentions of place in three competing local news publications located in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, OH. Buchanan’s analysis found that only one of the three outlets in her study contained more local than non-local geographical references. The news provider that made mention of local references was the Heights Observer, which is an independent non-profit media outlet run by “citizen journalists” rather than professional journalists… Read more on Medium

Is the Presence of a Local News Outlet Enough? Buchanan’s Examination of Hyperlocal News

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