How We Know Journalism is Good for Democracy

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How We Know Journalism Is Good for Democracy by Josh Stearns provides analysis and links to demonstrate that the profound loss of local news sources in communities across the US and the emergence of news deserts is bad for democracy. Why is local media critical to democracy? Research shows:
*A decline in civic engagement in news deserts.
*Every dollar spent on local news creates hundreds of dollars in benefit to the public.
*Local news feeds national reporting and creates the historical record.
*Strong, cohesive communities need local news media; and local media helps build those connections.

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.