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  • Are regional papers still relevant in the digital era?
  • Are regional papers still relevant in the digital era?
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How do Britons keep up with local news?

With the UK’s regional press in decline and new hyperlocal offerings from tech giants including Google and Facebook, the way people discover news from their community is transforming. Canvas8 spoke to 20 Britons to understand how they keep up with current affairs in their local area.

Location United Kingdom

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From uncovering the troubles of a neighbourhood library to raising awareness of town events, hyperlocal news has an important role to play in people’s daily lives. But as more people turn to social media, it’s tough going for regional papers; 198 local newspapers across the UK shut down between 2005 and 2016, with weekly publications losing 11.2% of their circulation in the latter year alone. [1][2] And as new challenges arise from online services like Google Bulletin – which lets people report local news online – or Facebook’s algorithm tweaks for local news, ...

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