Local news in crisis

For now, this is just a stack of bookmarks to stories about news deserts, “fake local” propaganda-for-profit sites, and small local sites to explore. I created this as a “page” in October 2020, then six months later had forgotten all about it and, out of frustration with layoffs at my local daily, went looking for alternatives and wrote a more streamlined blog post listing local Southwestern Virginia newspapers and sites with public information.

Back to October: Sorry that it is a bit of a jumble… I’m composing this with a new WordPress Android app and insertion of links in paragraphs is not what it used to be. Eventually I’ll open it on a full-size computer and do some editing.

inspired by a New York Times story this week, late October 2020. I’d like to add some more about my area in Southwestern Virginia, which I have been writing about on Facebook but not in this blog.

As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place https://nyti.ms/349RruY

Here Are the Hundreds of Sites in a Pay-to-Play Local News Network https://nyti.ms/3m7NTQ6

Hundreds of hyperpartisan sites are masquerading as local news. This map shows if there’s one near you.

https://www.cjr.org/tow_center_reports/hundreds-of-pink-slime-local-news-outlets-are-distributing-algorithmic-stories-conservative-talking-points.php

October 2019

https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2019/10/21/lansing-sun-new-sites-michigan-local-news-outlets/3984689002/

https://www.michigandaily.com/section/community-affairs/pseudo-local-news-sites-michigan-reveal-nationally-expanding-network

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/19/locality-labs-fake-news-local-sites-newspapers


Virginia and West Virginia smaller news sites & chains

Ashley Spinks on local coverage: https://swvatoday.com/floyd/article_4e30beb0-096c-11eb-995a-430326bedf4c.html (Sadly, this story led to public radio interviewing Ashley about the trials and tribulations of editing a small local paper for a national chain. She was so candid in the interview that she was fired.)

Mountain Media, W.V. & SwVa.

https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Mountain-Media,-LLC/about?from=acme-wonder

OurValley.org (SW Virginia papers owned by Mountain Media, WV.)

June 4, 2020, closing of WV Daily News, according to Mountain Messenger

Boss Robot & Scot Refsland

New version (new ownership & staff?) West Virginia Daily News – wvdn.com

Older version of WVDN at the Way Back Machine.

Non-profit news from Richmond

Virginia Public Media

Virginia Mercury

The New River Voice

Progressive Chain, Acronym-linked

VA. Dogwood,

Acronym

Courier Newsroom

Dogwood About page

Courier ethics page

SwVirginia papers…

Lee Newspapers non-dailies https://swvatoday.com/

The shrinking Lee-owned Roanoke Times, Roanoke.com

And Bristol Herald Courier

The Galax Gazette

And the Independence Declaration

Competition in Pulaski County

https://pcpatriot.com/

https://www.southwesttimes.com/

Virginian Leader, Giles County

Regional blogs

BlueRidge Muse

Email and Web Publishing sites

Floyd Forum, by Ashley Spinks Dugan

https://substack.com/

College papers

http://www.rutartan.com/wordpress/

http://www.collegiatetimes.com/

https://www.vtnews.vt.edu/

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