Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Sobering. "It is now abundantly clear that there is no commercial solution for local journalism... Local journalism was in shambles even before the pandemic struck. But now the newspaper industry—which is still our major source for original local reporting in the US—is facing existential doom." It's worth arguing they should be saved, just like any other industry, but how? The problem is, any source of support - whether it's government, hedge funds, or local businesses - creates ethical dilemmas. A cooperative is a good idea, but as I found running one in Moncton, really hard to do. But we need local news, if only to keep Town Hall honest. The same problems an issues face schools, so there's a common problem there.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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