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As Local News Outlets Shutter, Rural America Suffers Most

As Local News Outlets Shutter, Rural America Suffers Most

Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP Production workers stack newspapers onto a cart at a printing and distribution plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. News deserts afflict all types of communities, but they’ve hit rural America especially hard. Journalism professor Penny Muse Abernathy lives in a news desert. She says there’s […]
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What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

What Are Local News Deserts and How Can We Fix Them?

Since 2004, more than a quarter of the nation’s newspapers have closed. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem, resulting in further closures and fears among experts of a local news “ extinction-level event .” According to the Brookings Institution, more than 65 million Americans live in a county with […]
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In Vermont, one hyperlocal newsroom aims to fill a void

In Vermont, one hyperlocal newsroom aims to fill a void

When the Waterbury Record ceased publication at the end of March, Waterbury, Vermont, was on its way to becoming another news desert. At the time, Lisa Scagliotti—a longtime Waterbury resident who used to work as managing editor of two of the Record ’s sister weeklies—was running a journalism internship […]
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This column and this newspaper — now you see us, now you …

This column and this newspaper — now you see us, now you …

Loss of news outlets leaves a vacuum in communities, William Thomas writes Please, humour me. At this moment you’re holding up your local newspaper about to read this column. Now put the paper down but raise your hands to where they were a moment ago. What do you see? […]
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The local paper brought this small Ontario town together. Now it’s gone, and no number of social-media groups can replace it

The local paper brought this small Ontario town together. Now it’s gone, and no number of social-media groups can replace it

When Elaine Smyth came across a stack of newspapers spanning 40 years, they were bound for the trash. The issues of the Markdale Standard dating back to 1953 were not only old news by definition, but the paper itself had been out of print for two years by the […]
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How automation helped this journalist quench a ‘news desert’

How automation helped this journalist quench a 'news desert'

While there’s more information at our fingertips than ever before, there’s also more misinformation. With small newspapers shutting down across the United States, many towns are becoming “news deserts”—communities no longer covered by local newspapers. Simon Galperin sought to fill this hole in Bloomfield, N.J., with the Bloomfield Information […]
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The role of local news in covering Trump’s endgame

On Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz led eleven Republican senators and senators-elect declaring their intention to vote against certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. On the same day, President Trump pressed Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger to help overturn election results in his favor; on Sunday afternoon, […]
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5 Reasons that 2020 Was the Year of Nonprofit Local News

As legacy media struggled during the pandemic, many nonprofit outlets shone, with NewsMatch as a catalyst for bringing in more donations In the narrative about the struggling local news business in America, we hear mostly about layoffs, pay cuts and even closures of publications this year due to the […]
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