"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 Continue Reading
"Newsonomics: 18 lessons for the news business from 2018" by Ken Doctor for Nieman Lab, Dec. 19, 2018 "Penny Abernathy’s ground-assessing research has given us “news deserts” and now, in her latest report, “ghost newspapers.” Both are highly descriptive. This year, I added NINO to that vocabulary: Newspapers In Name Only."
"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 Continue Reading
"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 Continue Reading
"The Problem with News Deserts and How They Affect Communities," WBTV On Your Side, December 7, 2018 (Video):
"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?" 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," 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," 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," 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