"No news is bad news" by Andrea Guzmán for The Texas Observer, Feb. 11, 2019
"'People just don’t interact and pay attention as much without a paper. And not that everybody bought a paper, but at least it was there,' said Kim Silhan, the mayor of Morton. Morton is among more than 1,300 communities across the country considered a news desert, according to an October report by University of North Carolina researchers. The UNC scholars found that 146 weekly newspapers and 14 dailies have closed in Texas since 2004 — half of them in rural areas."