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Trend Line: Newspaper readership is up – on digital platforms

As readership trends continue to evolve for the nation’s newspapers, the Pew Research Center, which keeps close watch on such things, released data recently that shows some arrows pointing in a skyward direction when it comes to newspaper circulation.  And the upswinging pendulum is worth noting…and learning from. Amid general declines in print circulation over […]

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Without Local Newspapers, Misinformation and Fraud Increase

Reporters at a news conference with Northam administration officials on COVID-19 in 2020

You know by now that the basis for creating the Virginia News Reader is to celebrate the best in local newspapers from throughout the commonwealth. And if you’re like me, you are already impressed by the quality of journalism and, well, some darned good storytelling that is happening in the pages of our local press.  […]

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A Nose for News

The Back Story behind the Star-Tribune’s Landfill Story, appearing in June 21, 2022 VNR Perhaps like a lingering odor, when Diana McFarland first heard about the stink from the local landfill, it stayed with her. The Star-Tribune, the Chatham paper where she assumed the reins as editor five months ago, had received a letter to […]

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Virginia News Reader: Celebrating Local Newspapers in Virginia

It’s no secret that the last several years have been challenging ones for newspapers. But what has been overlooked amid this climate of concern is a comforting fact: local newspapers are carrying out their vital role with the same vigor and courage and sense of responsibility as has always been their tradition. Here in Virginia, […]

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