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Thousands of local newspapers have closed in recent years. Their disappearance has left millions of Americans without a vital source of local news and deprived communities of an institution essential for exposing wrongdoing and encouraging civic engagement. Of those still surviving, many have laid off reporters, reduced coverage, and pulled back circulation.
This report explores the history of collaborative journalism, focusing on on cooperative arrangements, formal and informal, between two or more news and information organizations which aim to supplement each group's resources and maximize the impact of the content produced.
What constitutes as quality journalism that makes an impact? In a research report compiled by Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and supported by the Democracy Fund and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, researchers Stephen Lacey and Tom Rosenstiel round up a variety of approaches to the question, including production quality, accessibility, trustworthiness, diversity, depth and breadth, geographic relevance, and civic value.
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