About 1,300 U.S. communities have totally lost news coverage, UNC news desert study finds

“Our sense of community and our trust in democracy at all levels suffer when journalism is lost or diminished. In an age of fake news and divisive politics, the fate of communities across the country — and of grassroots democracy itself — is linked to the vitality of local journalism.”
This article by Poynter sums up a UNC research story about the decline in local news coverage across the nation and some of the impacts it represents. It also links to related studies. https://www.poynter.org/busine...


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