A new digital news outlet, The Shreveport-Bossier Advocate, will launch this summer

A new digital news outlet, The Shreveport-Bossier Advocate, will launch this summer
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“When we get started, the focus unquestionably will be aggressive in-depth coverage of local news. That is what we’ve heard over and over again is the priority of the community,” Sanchez added. “That will include local government in Shreveport and in Bossier City, public safety, schools, local business, along with a focus on local sports and features.”

New models

Georges Media is one of a few newspaper groups nationally, mostly family-owned, that have been growing their coverage within their state or region. Others include: The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, which has opened newsrooms in cities across the state; The Boston Globe, which has expanded to Providence, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire; and The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which has expanded to Duluth, Minnesota, and other cities. 

Edmonds said that these and other local publishers have been aided by an array of philanthropic institutions that have been funding some reporter positions, including Report for America and local news funds that were set up by big tech companies.

“It’s fair to say that there is a diverse group of players kind of stepping into the situation, but it doesn’t approach the volume of what’s fallen away, particularly in staffing,” said Edmonds.


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Georges said his media company is happy to take advantage of nonprofit funding for reporters, including in the Shreveport newsroom, if it helps to revive coverage.

The Shreveport-Bossier City metro area “is an important part of the state and this will be another point of connectivity, to bring them closer together with Baton Rouge and the rest of state,” Georges said.

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