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Facebook wants to feed users more local news. There just isn’t enough of it.

"Facebook wants to feed users more local news. There just isn't enough of it." by Keach Hagey for The Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2019 "One-third of Americans live in a place where Facebook can't find enough local news being shared on its service to justify building a localized aggregator for that area, according to data released by Facebook on Monday."

Going to pieces

"Going to pieces" by Chris Davis for Memphis Flyer, March 14, 2019 "Ending rural and regional home delivery also contributed to the nationwide rise of what are now being called "news deserts," a dynamic that worsened with corporate acquisition and subsequent shuttering of hometown and family newspapers in places where 40 to 60 percent of the population may not have broadband Continue Reading

Collaborating at the Capitol: A new Illinois reporting service nearly doubles the number of statehouse journalists

"Collaborating at the Capitol: A new Illinois reporting service nearly doubles the number of statehouse journalists" by Christine Schmidt for NiemanLab, March 13, 2019 "Seven in ten newspapers in the U.S. did not have a statehouse reporter in 2014, a Pew analysis then found, and it’s quite conceivable that that number has only grown since. Between 2003 and 2014, the number of full-time Continue Reading

Our View: As always, we find clouds, fog in Sunshine Week

"Our View: As always, we find clouds, fog in Sunshine Week" for The Fayetteville Observer, March 12, 2019 "We’re beginning to wonder how people will keep their government accountable as newsrooms continue to shrink and many newspapers go out of business. According to data compiled by the University of North Carolina, more than 1,400 cities and towns in the United States Continue Reading

North Carolina newspaper fights threat of “news deserts”

"North Carolina newspaper fights threat of 'news deserts'" by Madison Forsey for Media Hub, Feb. 18, 2019 "The newspaper has historically been best suited to provide the individualized information that you may need in that community," Abernathy said. But with all the doom and gloom, Abernathy said one local paper is doing what it takes to evolve in the 21st century: Continue Reading

Threat of “news deserts” in North Carolina is changing the media landscape

"Threat of "news deserts" in North Carolina is changing the media landscape" by Mary Glen Hatcher for Media Hub, Feb. 18, 2019 “According to “The Expanding News Desert,” the situation in Whiteville is mirrored in roughly two-thirds of the counties in the U.S. that house the country’s remaining independent newspapers. These publications serve some of the most vulnerable members of society Continue Reading

A hedge fund’s ‘mercenary’ strategy: Buy newspapers, slash jobs, sell the buildings

"A hedge fund's 'mercenary' strategy: Buy newspapers, slash jobs, sell the buildings" by Jonathan O'Connell and Emma Brown for The Washington Post, Feb. 11, 2019 "At the dozen Digital First publications represented by the NewsGuild, the number of union jobs has declined nearly 70 percent, from 1,552 in 2012 to 487 in 2018. University of North Carolina researchers found, based on 12 Continue Reading

No news is bad news

"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, Continue Reading

Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization

"Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization" by David Bauder for AP, Jan. 30, 2019 "Among the other findings is less voter participation among news-deprived citizens in “off-year” elections where local offices are decided, Abernathy said. Another study suggested a link to increased government spending in communities where “watchdog” journalists have disappeared, she said."

In era of news deserts, no easy fix for local news struggles

"In era of news deserts, no easy fix for local news struggles" by David Bauder for AP, Jan. 16, 2019 “We are really at a tipping point now,” Abernathy said. “Can we revitalize the news industry?”

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