Why Does Local Media Matter?

In an article published by the Poynter Insitute, a writer posed the question, Why does local news matter? She received dozens of responses on why local newspapers and public radio stations matter. 

Among the comments:

"Local public media are like public libraries and local museums in that they preserve culture, educate and engage in order to build understanding on important issues that are expensive or difficult to cover. They can also empower people to stand up for justice where there is none."
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