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Local press, mobile and community

Are location-aware services and social media fulfilling the role once occupied by local newspapers? Digital expert Toby Kay reads between the lines.

Location North America / Northern Europe

Scope
The combination of local news, events and classifieds are quickly being fragmented and overrun by more efficient and malleable digital services. For many newspapers it is a question of adapt or die, however, there may be life in alternative business models that complement these changing times.

Is there a future for local newspapers, or are location-aware services and social media fulfilling the role once occupied by these cosy institutions? Digital expert Toby Kay reads between the lines.

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