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Local News Matters

Highlighting the innovative work of local newsrooms and the crucial questions they face.

Innovation. Business models. Community listening. Authenticity. Diversity and inclusion. Digital evolution. Tech stacks. Ad products. Audience growth. Healthy newsroom cultures. Journalism with impact.

Listen to leading doers and thinkers in local news—from small rural and ethnic publications to large ecosystem builders and funders—address these topics and more on the Local News Matters podcast.

Hosted by Tim Regan-Porter, CEO of the Colorado Press Association, Local News Matters features extended conversations covering a wide range of topics. Tim talks to reporters, editors, publishers, startup founders, sales leaders, philanthropists and more – anyone doing new or exemplary work or proffering thought-provoking insights is fair game.

Whether you’re a newsroom leader, a sales executive or just a citizen who cares deeply about informed communities, you’ll find something here worth your time.

If you know of local newsrooms are doing innovative work or  interesting thinkers & doers in local news, please let us know via the feedback link in the menu.

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Past episodes

LNM 18 - NM Local News Fund
Bridging the Gap in New Mexico: The Local News Fund’s Rashad Mahmood and Mark Glaser (LNM Episode 18)

Bridging the Gap in New Mexico: The Local News Fund’s Rashad Mahmood and Mark Glaser (LNM Episode 18)

New Mexico is one of a number of state-level bright spots in local news, thanks in large part to the efforts of our guests. Rashad Mahmood and Mark Glaser shed light on the New Mexico Local News Fund's initiatives to bridge gaps in local journalism. From fostering...

LNM 17 - Mountain-Ear
The Mountain-Ear’s Evolving Legacy: How a small-town paper captured a tech entrepreneur's heart and investment (LNM Episode 17)

The Mountain-Ear’s Evolving Legacy: How a small-town paper captured a tech entrepreneur's heart and investment (LNM Episode 17)

The Mountain-Ear, nestled in Nederland, Colorado, has long been a cherished source of community journalism. With a tech entrepreneur's recent investment aimed at preserving the paper's legacy and supporting its evolution, both he and editor/publisher (and former...