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News Experiments Prove Local Journalism Isn’t Easily Replicated

Building a local news network isn’t easy, or else The Compass Experiment wouldn’t have branded itself as an experiment.

Eighteen months after McClatchy and Google News Initiative set out to build a sustainable business model for community journalism, The Compass Experiment is essentially folding. In doing so, McClatchy will take over the Mahoning Matters project in Youngstown, Ohio, and Village Media will take over The Longmont Leader in Longmont, Colorado.

Changing market conditions from COVID-19 certainly impacted the experiment, something general manager Mandy Jenkins acknowledged in a Medium post last week. The…

Michael Shapiro

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