From a report by National Public Radio, Local News Rooms Are Vanishing - Here's Why You Should Care
Research has shown that when local newspapers are lost affected communities have lower voter turnout, decreased civic engagement, and increased polarization.
"I see a lot more uncovered city council meetings. I see a lot more corruption that doesn't get noticed. I see a lot more uninformed voters, more people who take their cues for how they view their government from national media and the politicized world there as opposed to their local government. There certainly are bright spots. There are green shoots going up, but the challenge is just very difficult." Joshua Benton, senior writer at Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, an interview with Consider This
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