Local News Cooperatives: The Future of Community Journalism?

Photo by Sophie Franchi of a section of a large chalk mural by Joseph White for A Walk in the Park Cafe in historic Firestone Park.

A few weeks ago, I got together with Chris Horne, the founder and publisher of The Devil Strip, a local culture and arts magazine serving the city of Akron, Ohio, for a conversation about the potential of news cooperatives like his to revive and strengthen local civic life. As we have become a “disinformation society” where tens of millions of Americans are highly susceptible to false…