#1: editorial workforce. If adding journalists has proven unable to reverse the trend in reader depletion, in any given market, the more numerous the journalists are, the better the newspaper industry holds. The chart below covers seven countries, with two superimposed data sets. First, in blue, the number of journalists per 100,000 daily copies sold; second, in red, paid circulation per 1000 inhabitants.
A welcome departure from fear-based journalism, these hyperlocal sections are looking for inspiring human interest stories about ordinary people positively affecting our neighborhoods and communities, like news of a recent block party in honor of a retiring postman. Hargro agrees: "I don't want you to be scared. I want you to be informed and empowered."
Since major events can now become "old news" within hours, it's of utmost importance for journalists to stay on top of breaking news via social networks, news feeds, and email alerts; explore personal slants to straight news stories; and look for offbeat stories that's directly relevant or indirectly relatable to readers' lives. But that's not all.