Studies and data about local journalism and tech

Community Engagement

We're curious to learn how the public's interest in their community influences their interest in local news. In 2017, we worked with Amy Weiss at San Diego State University to conduct a nation-wide survey of community engagement habits and preferences.

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Scholarly Research

Bloom supports research by students and professors who exercise their curiosity to discover more at the intersection of local journalism and technology.

Our team is currently contributing to a research study for spatial journalism at San Diego State University that will be published in 2018. We are working closely with associate professor, Amy Weiss, at the School of Journalism and Media Studies to share newly founded technical insights, experiences, and perspectives. Learn about Amy's publications at

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Our blog is filled with research and experiences from Bloom's team about the potential impact of location technology in journalism. Each article is directed towards a specific perspective or problem that we've encountered and offers suggestions for how we can all work towards a solution.

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What we're reading

Guide to Journalism and Design
June 2016
By Heather Chaplin
What Makes People Trust And Rely On News
April 17, 2016
By American Press Institute
Systems Thinking: Local News & Participation
March 31, 2016
By Democracy Fund
Lessons Learned From The Local News Lab
February 19, 2016
By Molly de Aguiar and Josh Stearns
State of Hyperlocal 2015
April 2015
By Street Fight Magazine
Local News in a Digital Age
March 5, 2015
By Pew Research Center
Geeks Bearing Gifts
By Jeff Jarvis
Local News Online: Aggregators, Geo-Targeting and the Market for Local News
November 1, 2013
By Lisa George and Christiaan Hogendorn
Here and Now: UK Hyperlocal Media Today
March 29, 2012
By Damian Radcliffe


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