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There are over 7,000 newspapers in the United States, 97% of which have a circulation below 50,000. These smaller, local, outlets play an important role holding authority to account, creating a sense of community and producing original reporting which supports the wider media ecosystem. But the past decade the sector has witnessed dramatic declines in ad revenues, the closure of titles and the rapid shrinking of many local newsrooms. So, what does the future hold for this important industry? Drawing on new research, this event will show why, despite all of this, there’s still reasons to be optimistic about the future of local journalism.
These slides are from the launch event, hosted by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, for "Local News in a Digital World: Small Market Newspapers in the Digital Age" - a research project led by Tow Fellows Damian Radcliffe and Christopher Ali.
Event details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-event-local-news-in-a-digital-world-tickets-39266010695#