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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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Executive Summary

A media desert is a geographic locale without access to fresh local news and information to inform and educate the public. The loss of jobs in the media industry has resulted in a reduction in the quality and quantity of news and information gathered and circulating within a community.1 […]
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A Guide to Assessing Your Local News Ecosystem

Local news is in crisis. The internet forever changed the business model for media, and the impact on local news — and by extension our democracy — has been startling. Since 2004, more than 1,300 American communities have lost local newspaper coverage. This loss of local news has lead […]
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Americans are more willing to pay for local news when they know local newspapers are in trouble, a new study says

“This gap suggests a market failure — many recognize the benefit of the product to the public but are unwilling to pay for it.” More than half of Americans believe that local news organizations are doing well financially, according to a new report published today by the Knight Foundation […]
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How the Collapse of Local News Is Causing a ‘National Crisis’

Tim Gruber for The New York Times School board and city council meetings are going uncovered. Overstretched reporters receive promising tips about stories but have no time to follow up. Newspapers publish fewer pages or less frequently or, in hundreds of cases across the country, are shuttered completely. All […]
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