I’ve been in California for a week now, and one thing that’s been on my mind is local reporting. I live in a beach town, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of local newspapers I see on newsstands in my area, and how involved residents are in the happenings of their town.
Sadly, that is not a reality for many people across the nation.
Other tidbits of research from the Center:
- “Since 2004, more than a third of the country’s newspapers have changed ownership; some sold two or more times.”
- “In contrast to 20th century media companies that would “buy and hold” newspapers for many years, the new newspaper-owning investment groups actively manage their properties, keeping a short-term focus on the bottom line.”
What hasn’t changed is the need for local journalism.
Local journalism connects real people to real issues — and our democracy is better for it.