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The violence of the market

"The violence of the market" by Victor Pickard for Journalism, 2019

"But the most glaring manifestation of the market’s destruction of journalism is the sheer loss of jobs: the newspaper industry has been reduced by more than 50% since 2001 according to the U.S. bureau of labor statistics. Creating vast ‘news deserts’(Abernathy, 2016), newspaper closures, bankruptcies, and extreme downsizing are accelerated by ‘vulture capitalists’ swooping in to profit from the scraps (Reynolds, 2018)."

150 years of the Chattanooga Times Free Press spelled out in headlines

"150 years of the Chattanooga Times Free Press spelled out in headlines" by Davis Lundy for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Jan. 13, 2019

"The people who owned newspapers in Chattanooga understood that journalism is not just a way to make money, but a calling," Abernathy said. "It is a mission-driven enterprise where the primary mission is to produce the news and information that feeds our democracy."

The outlook for journalists

"The outlook for journalists" by Karen Egolf for Crain's NewsPro, January 2019

Abernathy says legacy media that want to succeed need to set up a five-year plan and focus on the individual needs of their communities while also investing in their employees, or “human capital.” “That means there’s not going to be one business model that works for all news organizations or newspapers or whether you’re digital,” she says. “We found that with legacy newsrooms as well as digital startups that they look to others to say what has been the model that works. So they often end up pursuing what worked in one market that’s not even appropriate to [their] market.”

As the ecosystem of news changes, will journalists adapt fast enough?

"As the ecosystem of news changes, will journalists adapt fast enough?" by Kenton Bird for High Country News, Dec. 24, 2018

"UNC’s Abernathy is encouraged by the digital startups providing local news, with more than 500 identified in her team’s report. Still, she notes that 90 percent of those are in metropolitan areas, where there are multiple news outlets to choose from — not in the rural areas, where local reporters are few and far between."

The Fresno Bee and the War on Local News

"The Fresno Bee and the War on Local News" by Zach Baron for GQ, Dec. 19, 2018

"In October, the University of North Carolina's School of Media and Journalism released a study that estimated that a full 20 percent of all local newspapers have gone out of business or merged since 2004. Since then, an additional 1,300-plus communities in the United States have found themselves without any news source about their own city, town, or county. "Our sense of community and our trust in democracy at all levels suffer when journalism is lost or diminished," the authors of the report wrote. "In an age of fake news and divisive politics, the fate of communities across the country—and of grassroots democracy itself—is linked to the vitality of local journalism."

TIME Person of the Year 2018: The Guardians and the War on Truth

"The Guardians and the War on Truth" by Karl Vick for TIME, Dec. 12, 2018

"In the U.S., local newsrooms are disappearing fastest. Since 2004, the U.S. lost nearly 1,800 newspapers, the UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media found in an October report. Half of the 3,143 counties in the U.S. now have just one newspaper, usually a small weekly. Nearly 200 counties have no newspaper."

Byron, Dodge Center newspapers to cease publication

"Byron, Dodge Center newspapers to cease publication" by Jeff Kiger for Post Bulletin (Minnesota), Dec. 11, 2018

"A recent study of “news deserts” by the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism found more than 3 million Americans in 171 counties in the U.S. have no newspaper at all. However, Minnesota’s 87 counties all have at least one newspaper and that remains true with the closure of the Byron Review and The Star Herald."

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