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By JOSH STEARNS

Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news, starting with one good idea…

One Good IdeaGrabbing New Readers With Local Passions. Check out how the Dallas Morning News is building on and offline communities through targeted blogs focused on local passions and collaborating with a growing community of contributors.

Building Trust With Local Audiences: Competing research and concrete ideas

At the International Journalism Festival this spring Eric Scherer of France Television argued that “The next big thing is not attention, the next big thing is trust.” But in June Gallop reported that “Americans’ faith in each of three major news media platforms — television news, newspapers, and news on the Internet — is at or tied with record lows.” NetNewsCheck points to two other studies of local news that show somewhat better results. For local journalists, developing and maintaining the trust of your community is absolutely essential. What I like about a brand new report just out from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is that it looks at both how to build trust in journalism, but also how journalism can build trust in society at large. The report features useful case studies and concrete ideas for building trust (full PDF of the report here, summary post here). Poynter also has a good round-up of 7 steps for building trust and credibility online.

Fortune reported this week that “people feel deceived when they realize an article or video is sponsored by a brand, and believe it hurts the digital publisher’s credibility” and Jeff Jarvis wrote that sponsored content can devalue media brands and erode trust when not labeled properly.

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Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 9.04.36 AMIn Franklin Township, Dr. Ali G. Mansour’s medical license has been revoked after charges surfaces alleging that Mansour had been prescribing “narcotic painkillers that put his patients at risk of addiction,” according to the Franklin Reporter & Advocate. The charges, released by the state Attorney General’s office, also accused Mansour of “continuing to prescribe increasing dosages to patients despite clear evidence that they were abusing drugs.”

In New Brunswick, embattled fire director Robert Rawls reportedly gave $500 to New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill’s campaign fund on the same day he struck three children in his city-owned SUV, reports Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today. Rawls has been involved in at least twelve crashes during his eight years as Fire Director, including the most recent incident, which promted the city to revoke his on-the-clock driving privileges. (more…)

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By JOSH STEARNS

Welcome to all the new subscribers. Send tips and feedback by hitting reply to this email or find me on Twitter @jcstearns. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news, starting with one good idea…

One good ideaCo-create stories with your audience and with journalistic integrity. That’s the pitch behind WBEZ’s Curious City project which starts each day with a question to its audience: “What should we investigate next?” Check out this wonderful testimony from one local resident who got involved and read more here.

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Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

West Orange PharmacyWe’ll start with the sad stuff, but I promise it’ll get better toward the end. In West Orange, head pharmacist Leonard “Lenny” Stefanelli and his twin counterparts Robert and William Carlucci were arrested and sentenced to 37 months in prison for illegally selling oxycodone painkillers out of the longstanding West Orange Pharmacy, reports Cynthia Cumming of TAP into West Orange. The team of pharmacists had also been filing fraudulent bills to healthcare providers like Medicare and Medicaid in an attempt to cover up their illegal activities.

In South Plainfield, Jane Dornick, a journalist and the “Busy Busy Mom” columnist for the South Plainfield Observerplead guilty to one out of three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to Darlene Tedesco Cullen of TAP into South Plainfield. In 2010, Dornick coerced a female minor to perform sexually explicit acts in front of a webcam and broadcasted them live over the Internet to former South Plainfield Police Captain Michael Grennier. Grennier would then view the images on his laptop in his home in South Plainfield.

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By JOSH STEARNS

Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news.

One Good Idea: Survey your users. Yeah, I know, surveys are nothing new. But Quartz recently took surveys to a whole new level. In a post on Medium, Quartz’s Mia Mabanta details how they got 940 of the world’s business leaders to tell them how they consume news and respond to advertising. There’s many good lessons here for local publishers to think about how they can creatively use surveys to listen to their stakeholders. (more…)

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By JOE AMDITIS

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

The videos came pouring in this week. First up, Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green published an article on Jens and Erwin Velasquez, otherwise known as the “VeeBros.” The VeeBros are a renowned competitive frisbee duo who were recently inducted into to the International Frisbee and USA Guts Hall of Fame. RJ Meyer, a student at Morristown High School, made this video about the freestyle frisbee legends.

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By JOSH STEARNS

Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we’ll look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. Sign up to get the Local Fix delivered each week.

One Good Idea: Unbolt Your Newsroom. Steve Buttry has posted “a manual for unbolting your newsroom from print culture and processes,” which is full of ideas and concrete examples of innovative local news experiments from around the country. It is a great resource, even if you are a digital-only newsroom without any print history. (more…)

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By JOE AMDITIS

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

Brendan TevlinThe town of Livingston, NJ was struck by a horrible tragedy last week as news continued to surface about the murder of Brendan Tevlin, a 19-year-old University of Richmond student who was found dead in his car. Cynthia Cumming of TAP into West Orange first broke the story last Thursday, and the community responded with an outpouring of support and coverage from the surrounding towns.

TAP into Livingston published several stories on Tevlin’s death and memory as the community grieved, offering emotional and financial support to the victim’s family. They also published a beautiful eulogy for Tevlin written by Chuck Granata titled, “A Fragile Thread (for Brendan Tevlin).”

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