The Local News Research Project

  • Suburban and rural communities underserved by local media, new election research suggests

    By JASMINE BALA Staff Reporter The amount of news available about local contests for member of Parliament during the 2015 federal election depended on where in Canada voters were living, a new study by Ryerson University’s Local News Research Project suggests. The research, which compared local coverage of the race for MP in eight communities in Ontario, Manitoba and British…

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  • New research project examines local news poverty

    The impact of newsroom cutbacks, consolidations and closures will be the focus of a new study examining local news poverty in communities outside of Canada’s major media centres. Residents of Canada’s largest cities can turn to multiple sources for local news, but people who live in smaller cities, suburban municipalities and rural areas typically have fewer options, and in recent…

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  • News maps allow users to explore coverage of Toronto neighbourhoods

    By ILINA GHOSH Staff Reporter   Toronto residents who are concerned about how their neighbourhoods are portrayed in the news can now test their perceptions of news coverage against the reality. The Local News Research Project at the Ryerson University’s School of Journalism has launched online interactive maps that allow residents in different city wards to explore in detail how…

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