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Focus Carolina: Penny Abernathy

"Focus Carolina: Penny Abernathy" by Dakota Moyer for 97.9 The Hill WCHL, Nov. 26, 2018 In an interview with WCHL, Penny Abernathy discusses her research and insights after nearly a decade of exploring the decline of local newspapers. Abernathy says it is critical for newspapers to adapt to the changing media landscape and details ways that newspapers can continue to succeed Continue Reading

Is statehouse news actually declining, or just different?

"Is statehouse news actually declining, or just different?" by Alan Ehrenhalt for GOVERNING, December 2018 "Smaller rural communities have suffered the most; according to Abernathy, nearly 200 counties, home to more than 3 million people, have no daily or weekly newspaper."

It still bleeds, but it no longer leads

"It still bleeds, but it no longer leads," by Daniel Kishi for The American Conservative, Dec. 3, 2018 "As the report makes clear, the number of communities with little or no news coverage, a phenomenon media critics have dubbed “news deserts,” is rapidly expanding. Half of the nation’s counties have only one newspaper, while almost 200 counties have no newspaper at Continue Reading

How local journalism can upend the ‘fake news’ narrative

"How local journalism can upend the 'fake news' narrative," by Damian Radcliffe for The Conversation, Nov. 27, 2018 “Our sense of community and our trust in democracy at all levels suffer when journalism is lost or diminished,” researchers at the University of North Carolina wrote in a recent report."

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.

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