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Christopher Ali

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040726

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040726.001.0001

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The Ecosystems of Localism

The Ecosystems of Localism

A Holistic Approach to Local News and Information

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Media Localism

Christopher Ali

University of Illinois Press

This chapter analyzes attempts in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom to evaluate their respective local media ecosystems. It begins by defining ecosystem and discusses the importance of ecosystem thinking when considering local news and local media within a specific geographic community. The case studies here include the FCC’s Information Needs of Communities report from 2010 (the “Waldman Report”), Ofcom’s Local and Regional Media report from 2009, and Canada’s Our Cultural Sovereignty Report (the “Lincoln Report”) from 2003. The chapter both laments the lack of attention given these reports, and argues for the importance of thinking holistically about local media especially when it comes to encouraging local news.

Keywords:   Ecosystems, Local Media Ecosystems, Information Needs of Communities, Waldman Report, Local and Regional Media, Lincoln Report, Local News

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