Wednesday’s announcement that the regional television network WIN will stop producing five local news bulletins and close newsrooms across New South Wales and Queensland is the latest blow to local news across Australia.
Newsrooms are slated to close in Orange, Wagga Wagga, Albury, and Hervey Bay. More journalists’ jobs will be lost.
The crisis in the media’s business models is being felt most acutely in local news. For many Australians it is now easier to find out what Donald Trump had for dinner last night than what’s happening at your local school, what the story was behind that column of smoke on the horizon yesterday or why the potholes in the road haven’t been fixed.
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