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Minnesota holds its own as small-town newspapers shrink across America

"Minnesota holds its own as small-town newspapers shrink across America," by Neal Justin for the Star Tribune (MN), Nov. 8, 2018 Reporter Neal Justin mentions the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) 2018 Expanding News Desert study of newspaper closures to offer context on the newspaper closures in Minnesota as well as the stakes for new outlets Continue Reading

Local News Deserts Are Expanding. How Could That Affect Civic Engagement?

"Local News Deserts Are Expanding. How Could That Affect Civic Engagement?" by Kojo Nnamdi for WAMU Washington, DC Public Radio, Nov. 6, 2018 National Public Radio talk show host Kojo Nnamdi interviews Professor Penny Abernathy on the deleterious effects of the news industry decline on voter engagement and political life in the nation.

Newsonomics: Newspapers are shells of their former selves. So who’s going to build what comes next in local?

"Newsonomics: Newspapers are shells of their former selves. So who’s going to build what comes next in local?" by Ken Doctor for Nieman Lab, Nov. 6, 2018 As the quality of local news coverage declines, more newspapers become "ghosts" of their former selves. But ghosts can't live forever. Ken Doctor posits that a decade of forced newspaper diminished is now Continue Reading

Midterms in the local news void

"Midterms in the local news void" by Jon Allsop for the Columbia Journalism Review, Nov. 2, 2018 This big-picture news roundup of several news studies that illuminate the costs to voter engagement and the electoral life of the country, with a focus on the midterm elections in particular.  

Americans living in “news deserts” with few or no local news outlets may be in a bind now that it’s time to vote in the midterm elections.

"Americans living in 'news deserts' with few or no local news outlets may be in a bind now that it's time to vote in the midterm elections" by CNN Wire for WTHI-TV 10 (IN), Nov. 2, 2018 This article spreads the word about Penelope Abernathy's interview with Brian Stelter on CNN's Reliable Sources, and impact that news deserts may have on Continue Reading

The Expanding Costs of Expanding News Deserts

"Upfront Segment - The Expanding Costs of Expanding News Deserts" by Antonia Juhasz for KPFA-Pacifica Radio San Francisco, Nov. 2, 2018 Lost newspapers are just the beginning of the damage. Antonia Juhasz interviews Professor Penny Abernathy on which residents are most likely to be harmed by a lack of local information, and how communities are expected to suffer in the long-term.

Midterm elections in news deserts: This researcher studies the problem at work and sees it at home

"Midterm elections in news deserts: This researcher studies the problem at work and sees it at home" by Brian Stelter for the CNN Reliable Sources podcast, Nov. 1, 2018 CNN's Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter interviews Professor Penny Abernathy on how news deserts affect voter information and engagement, especially in rural communities.

‘News deserts’ leave voters hungry for news and information ahead of midterms

"'News deserts' leave voters hungry for news and information ahead of midterms" by Brian Stelter and Julia Waldow for CNN Business, Nov. 1, 2018   In light of the looming midterm elections, Professor Penny Abernathy discusses how Americans living in news deserts may feel -- and suffer --in the absence of local news outlets.

News deserts are a fact of life

"News deserts are a fact of life" by Margaret Dickson for Up and Coming Weekly (NC), Oct. 30, 2018 This article discusses the loss of local newspapers in Fayetteville, NC and the resulting loss of civic and political literacy in the community.

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark says there’s a forgotten weapon in the online information war — and he’s putting his money where his mouth is

“Craigslist founder Craig Newmark says there's a forgotten weapon in the online information war — and he's putting his money where his mouth is” by Craig Newmark for Business Insider, Oct. 30, 2018

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