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 hoping to fill the void.

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 poised to tip off a deluge of newspaper closures, and examines what is most likely to fill the void.

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 the upcoming midterm elections.

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.