Citizen and community news
Small-town community newspapers are seeing a resurgence as regional chains reclaim them from national conglomerates and re-center them on local news. But some of the same factors that make these rural communities attractive markets also present roadblocks to building a modernized local news machine.
“We want to hear from our readers,” said Hugo Balta, Publisher of Illinois Latino Network, the online news outlet targeting the Latinx community in the state. The network had previously used forms to solicit opinions from readers, but had been inconsistent in the endeavor. Now it was time for a revival.