As a society, we have greater access to more news than ever. It comes to us through the internet, around-the-clock. One might say the news is everywhere. At the same time, there is a new phrase which has entered our vocabulary. News deserts. Increasingly large swaths of our communities are more and more devoid of the public service journalism many of us grew up with. Most of the public service journalism I refer to came from local newspapers, which were built on the model of advertising creating revenues which created reporting staffs to tell the stories of individual communities. But as advertising revenues have shifted to the internet the impact on the newspaper industry has been stark. It is estimated the total U.S. daily newspaper circulation...
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From Neil Best's Desk: Access to Local News