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Less Local News Means Less Democracy

Newspaper vending machines in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island in southwest Florida The office building four blocks from Florida’s state Capitol carries the same name in bold letters that it boasted when it opened in 1988: Florida Press Center. For the last 30 years, the modest three-story structure with […]
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When My Newspaper Died

In hardluck Youngstown, Ohio a reporter covers one last big story for his hometown newspaper. This story is published in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review. When the Vindicator died, I knew it meant I’d have to leave my hometown. Again. The shuttering of Youngstown, Ohio’s daily newspaper in the […]
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Want to start your own local online news outlet? With a new staff and a $1 million grant, LION Publishers wants to do more to help

“The daily newspaper reporter might say, ‘You’re a community journalist, that’s so cute.’ But the fact is we’re professional and have our own organization.” After leaving her job as the managing editor of a newspaper owned by Digital First Media “due to differences with this company’s management” last year, […]
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Stop saying local news is dying

Image via Shutterstock We started 2019 with Gannett layoffs at local newspapers , we’re ending 2019 with Gannett layoffs at local newspapers, and Ken Doctor’s look at continued newspaper consolidation in 2020 is devastating . It’s quite the end to quite a decade . News deserts, or places without […]
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Growing local news deserts endanger democracy, study finds

Over the last 15 years, local newspapers across the U.S. have lost more than $35 billion in advertising revenue and half of their staffs, while at least 2,000 news outlets have shuttered during that time, according to a new study by the non-profit PEN America. Viktorya Vilk, who co-authored […]
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We can’t fight fake news without saving local journalism

Local newspapers need more help fighting noxious online content and disinformation. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo One of the very few heroes of the UK election campaign is James Mitchinson, editor of the Yorkshire Post. Mitchinson’s email to a reader who would not believe a (true) story about a sick […]
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Future of Local News: Public Good or Private Enterprise?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in partnership with Gallup, recently released its latest Trust, Media and Democracy report, entitled Putting a Price Tag on Local News. The report explores Americans’ perceptions of the importance and financial future of local news, finding that most […]
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Ghost papers and news deserts: Will America ever get its local news back?

Bertram de Souza works on a story in August for the Vindicator, the daily newspaper in Youngstown, Ohio, that was soon to shut down. A new website hopes to help fill the local news void. (Tony Dejak/AP) First they started showing up thinner than before. Then they were printed […]
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No News Is Bad News

Media Journalism in Boston’s suburbs isn’t just in crisis—it barely even exists. So what happens when no one is minding the shop in the towns where most Bay Staters actually live? Illustration by Benjamen Purvis Let’s say that you consider yourself pretty well informed. You read the Globe , […]
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