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Journo episode 4: The Troublemaker and the Terrier

The trials and triumphs of local and regional journalism in a time of news deserts

There’s been a major shakeup of local and regional journalism in the past few years. Outlets and newsrooms across the country have shut down their presses and closed their doors.

But there’s hope — small outlets are stepping up to fill the gaps, finding new ways to cover issues important to their local communities.

In the latest episode of Journo, host Nick Bryant meets the Troublemaker and the Terrier.

One’s a former lawyer whose fierce reporting has been stifled by a local council that says she asks too many questions.

The other wonders how she’ll keep her one-woman operation going in the face of mounting overheads and increased regulation.

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