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More than 14 million views: The impact of student reporting

Over 1300 colleges and universities are located in or near counties defined as news deserts by  Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. What is the relationship of news deserts to college campuses? Explore our new maps to learn more about how universities can support local news.

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Visualizing the Power of Universities: Maps & News Desert Solutions

CCN research found that 2,000 student reporters in university-led programs published more than 10,000 stories in local news outlets last year. Check out our maps, research, and reports.

National Community News Wire

Reporting from across the U.S. from the next generation of great journalists. Our mission is to grow and support news-academic partnerships. In service of that mission, this site celebrates the superlative community reporting that college students are producing today.

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In communities across the U.S., student journalists now provide millions of people with trustworthy, professional local news coverage. Our mission is to grow and support partnerships between college reporting programs and local news outlets.

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Latest Research

Building Synergy: Public Radio and Universities

With this study, CCN sought to understand how public media stations are working with their local universities today, and what the obstacles are to creating stronger collaborations.

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Faculty Profile

John Tomasic

A prolific journalist in his own right, John Tomasic works to support student journalists as an artist-in-residence and faculty leader of two experiential journalism programs at the University of Washington.

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How Bucket List Community Cafe unites students, universities and community in Denver

Despite the name, Bucket List Community Cafe in Denver does not serve coffee. Instead, it is an online news publication founded by Vicky Collins in 2019 where the emphasis rests on “community” and bringing people together through stories.

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Creating Real-World Journalism Experience in Southeast Missouri State University

At SEMO, students are empowered to do real journalism through an unique “hybrid public-private model,” according to Tamara Zellars Buck, multimedia journalism professor and chairperson of the Department of Mass Media.

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Endicott College “Filling the Gap" in Local Media

The walls of the journalism department corridor at Endicott College are strewn with newspaper clippings. Why? The students’ bylines. Students from all disciplines can enroll in the beat reporting at Endicott College and have the opportunity to visit newsrooms, work with editors, and have their work published by 50 local news outlets.

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