The fall of newspaper
The Future. Across the country, local newspapers are taking a serious hit. As digital becomes king, it’s no surprise that analog media is declining. But the issue may be more complex than that — local journalism isn’t simply being eaten by smartphones… they’re vanishing without a replacement.
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Local newspapers are shuttering across the country.
- According to a new report from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, two US newspapers are closing weekly.
- Around 7% of America’s counties no longer have a local news outlet, and about a fifth are at risk of becoming news deserts — a community with limited access to credible and comprehensive news information.
Without reliable news outlets, communities (especially hyperlocal rural communities) become less informed, which leads to less efficient governance.
“This is a crisis for our democracy and our society,” said Penelope Muse Abernathy, a visiting professor at Medill. “At a minimum, the loss of local news worsens the political, cultural and economic divisions in this country.”