Local journalism in crisis: why America must revive its local newsrooms

Mass media Local news Newspapers United States of America

Declining circulation along with a dramatic fall in advertising revenue help explain the financial challenges confronting America’s newspapers. The audience for newspapers has shrunk in recent years, evidenced by declining print and digital circulation.

This report evaluates the dimensions of the local news crisis, examines its causes, and surveys possible responses, which include providing tax relief to local newsrooms that produce public interest news, helping place reporters on the ground in more communities, and addressing the ways in which the digital age has introduced new economic challenges to local news publishers.

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