• Coverage of the Center for Community News

These Are The Words That Do (And Do Not) Persuade Americans, Study Shows

Forbes, April 10, 2024

Americans are mostly united in their love of the words freedom, liberty and community according to the latest data from the PACE Civic Language Perceptions Project. They like citizen and belonging more today than they did two years ago, but diversity has fallen in favorability. Overall, Americans have a more favorable opinion of words that describe democracy than they do about words that describe civic engagement or racial equity.

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From ‘nice’ to ‘necessary’: How to make a case for your university station

Current, April 8, 2024

In this column, public media veteran Scott Finn taps into the wisdom of the system to find answers. This time, he helps university licensees make the case to university officials. Future columns will look at state and community licensees.

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Daily Iowan buys two small Iowa weekly newspapers

The Gazette, April 5, 2024

With hundreds of U.S. newspaper closings leaving legions with little access to local news, a college newspaper in Iowa has stepped up to buy two struggling weekly publications.

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College newspaper sweeps up 2 tiny publications in a volley against growing news deserts

Associated Press, April 2, 2024

With hundreds of U.S. newspaper closings leaving legions with little access to local news, a college newspaper in Iowa has stepped up to buy two struggling weekly publications.

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2 small Iowa towns faced losing their local newspaper. Student journalists stepped in

CNN, March 24, 2024

After a more than a decade of devastating news for journalism, with local papers shutting down and mass layoffs across national newsrooms, a few small towns in Iowa have stumbled upon a new solution: transferring ownership to a student newspaper.

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As News Deserts Expand, Student Journalists Step Up

Reasons to be Cheerful, March 22, 2024

From student-staffed statehouse bureaus to papers run by journalism schools, academic-media partnerships are bolstering local coverage.

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The College Solution to Rural News Deserts

The Daily Yonder, Feburary 12, 2024

Nearly 600 rural colleges are in or near a local news desert. They are in the perfect location to help communities fill the news gap and restore the flow of information that feeds civic participation and economic success.

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Former Vermont Public CEO Scott Finn Takes Role at UVM's Community News Service

Seven Days, February 8, 2024

Scott Finn, the former president and CEO of Vermont Public, has been hired to help the University of Vermont’s Center for Community News increase the number of college students who are reporting local news through public media stations around the country.

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Institute for Local News at SUNY looks to connect young journalists with struggling newsrooms

WAMC Northeast Public Radio, February 7, 2024

The State University of New York has launched a system-wide effort to have college students produce local news.

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A College Newspaper Bought Two Local Weeklies And Raised Staff Pay

Forbes, February 3, 2024

Beginning in February 2024, The Daily Iowan, which is owned by the Iowa City-based non-profit corporation Student Publications, Inc., is responsible for all aspects of the two local weeklies. It’s believed to the be the first-of-its-kind deal as an acquisition of commercial news outlets by a college paper.

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What The NH Primaries Reveal About The Future Of Political Journalism

Forbes, January 26, 2024

The 2024 New Hampshire primary was covered by not only seasoned political reporters from national news outlets but also college students reporting for their campus newspapers and community news outlets. Students from Syracuse, Boston University, Dartmouth and other schools spread out across the state to hear directly from voters and the candidates vying for their attention.

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New SUNY Initiative bridges gaps in local news coverage

The Statesman, January 24, 2024

“It’s really convenient for us as a local paper … papers don’t have the huge budgets that we used to, so being able to work with quality journalists, even quality learning journalists, is nice to be able to get them in print while also benefiting our local paper by covering more things that we might not have been able to get to otherwise,” Nicole Fuentes, executive editor for The Long Island Advance, said.

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These Universities Are Crafting A Plan To Revitalize News In The South

Forbes, January 9, 2024

News-academic partnerships have emerged in recent years as one of the viable solutions to help sustain local news and their potential for their growth is immense, as the Center for Community News at UVM illustrated in its latest maps report.

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University of New England Hosts Community News Conference

The Bolt, November 22, 2023

UNE, a predominantly medical and science-focused university, continuously works to expand its College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

As part of the expansion effort, UNE began working with the Center for Community News, a program run through The University of Vermont that “connect[s] student journalists at every stage of life with local news organizations to help build a world in which every community has access to reliable information by and for the people who live there."

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Local Edition with Kristen Hare

Poynter: Local Edition with Kristen Hare, November 15, 2023

“Universities have resources that they can bring to the local news crisis, and should,” Watts said. Resources don’t just mean students, he added, “but it’s also our space and our faculty and our access to actual alumni dollars. We have resources and we need to be engaged with this.”

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Student Journalists Are Under Attack. Here’s How Philanthropy Can Help

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, November 6, 2023

University-based reporters are critical to reversing the decline in local news, but budget cuts and political battles increasingly threaten their work, demanding greater donor support.

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More stations and universities should partner to realize ‘win-win-win’ potential, report says

Center for Community News, November 6, 2023

Partnerships between public radio stations and their university licensees are an underutilized resource in the effort to address the local news crisis, a new report argues. The report, “Building Synergy: Public Radio and Universities,” makes a case for greater coordination between stations and licensees, looks at the challenges standing in the way of such partnerships, and offers examples of strategies that stations and universities could adopt.

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The rebirth of local news depends on all of us

Washington Post, October 6, 2023

You’ve heard local news is dying. In fact, it might just be evolving.

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Journalists face news industry turbulence

Spartan Newsroom, September 26, 2023

A new national report from the Center for Community News at the University of Vermont found that up to 1,997 students in university-managed reporting programs such as MSU’s Capital News Service produced over 7,500 news stories in 2022 in partnership with up to 977 news media outlets.

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UVM Center for Community News wraps up first year of research

WCAX CBS 3,September 12, 2023

The University of Vermont’s Center for Community News is wrapping up the first year of a pilot program surveying college-led reporting programs nationwide. At UVM and other schools, the programs facilitate internships with students at local newspapers and news outlets. The students get professional experience and the papers receive quality work that often fills staffing and content gaps.

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The Daily Tar Heel’s shooting coverage is just the latest example of college newspapers taking on a local reporting role

Neiman Lab, August 30, 2023

As local papers continue to vanish, student journalists are stepping up to fill an important community role. Around 10% of capital statehouse reporters in 2022 were students, Pew found last year. The trend was underscored Wednesday by the new data from the Center for Community News (CCN), a nonprofit organization run out of the University of Vermont that aims to increase student-led reporting nationwide — and to make existing efforts more visible.

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Student Reporters Produced More Than 7500 News Stories Last Year

Center for Community News, August 29, 2023

“Students at colleges and universities are significant contributors to our local news ecosystem,”said Center for Community News Director Richard Watts. “It may come as a surprise to many Americans that much of the professional reporting that keeps our communities informed is now the work of students, in coordination with professional editors and faculty.”

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Q&A: Richard Watts on the power of students collaborating with journalists

Medium, August 2, 2023

"Universities have resources. Students want to do real things. More colleges and universities need to step up and do programs like this."

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Could colleges and universities save America's newspapers?

Scripps News, July 17, 2023

In the last 15 years,an estimated 360 newspapers have shut down across the country. But in the last 12 months, the Center for Community News has found more than 120 partnerships between local media and colleges. Many are bolstering news in rural areas where larger media companies have pulled the plug on local news organizations.

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Colleges and Students Are Stepping Up to Help Rural Newspapers

The Daily Yonder, June 20, 2023

Journalism programs provide students with a unique opportunity to engage in rural reporting. Students are given the experience of a newsroom with the support that’s often lacking in commercial internships.

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How student journalists are filling the void to help save local news

Poynter, April 12, 2023

More than 120 programs pair college students with seasoned editors to provide meaningful local news for communities that lack it.

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Student reporters fill crucial gap in state government coverage

The Conversation, April 6, 2023

Statehouse reporting programs are part of a larger commitment by universities to connect student education with local news needs. Through classes, newsrooms and media collaborations, these programs give students essential opportunities to use skills they have learned in classrooms – and provide badly needed local news coverage.

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To fix democracy, start with colleges

Times Higher Education, September 20, 2021

All students, regardless of subject, need meaningful opportunities to engage with the democratic process, say Meg Little Reilly and Richard Watts.

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