Phase I of this five-phase project was a meta-review of the literature that created a typology by which to group ecosystem studies according to the guiding metaphor employed, the boundaries used, and the method. This analysis was then used to devise the ideal method for identifying and analyzing news ecosystems – one that could be both granular enough to reflect people’s lived experience of their local news, and scalable, to allow meaningful comparison. Read it here.
Phase II involved building a comprehensive list of local news providers serving New Jersey (including those based in NYC and Philly), collecting structural information about those outlets and about the municipalities they’re located in, and creating an online map to visualize this information.
Phase III is an analysis of the structural correlates of local news coverage for all 565 municipalities that make up New Jersey. This comparative analysis looks at the characteristics of municipalities that support robust local news and those that do not, providing scaled empirical data to address this urgent question. You can read the full paper here.