The GroundTruth Project, “What happens when local news disappears?” by Milan Polk

"What happens when local news disappears?" by Milan Polk for The GroundTruth ProjectAug. 16, 2018

This article documents the economic factors that contribute to the rise of news deserts and the overall decline of robust local journalism. Knight Chair Penny Abernathy discusses the economic challenges confronting local news organizations and potential strategies for overcoming them.

Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “His View: What’s newsworthy? Ask a hedge fund manager” by Todd J. Broadman

“His View: What's newsworthy? Ask a hedge fund manager” by Todd J. Broadman for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Aug. 7, 2018

This column discusses the mindset of investment companies buying local newspapers. According to the author, the focus is on turning a profit rather than strengthening democracy at the grassroots level. Knight Chair Penny Abernathy discusses the long-range consequences of these decisions, including the creation of “ghost” newspapers, as well as the closure of 1,800 local newspapers over the past decade and a half.