The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a comprehensive study recently looking at the health of local journalism. There is no doubt that newsrooms have been shifting, downsizing and modifying operations over the past several years. Factor in furloughs and the impact of COVID-19 and these changes are even more pronounced.
The Institute for Public Relations has summarized the report as follows:
When access to credible, up-to-date and local news is so important, these numbers are certainly troublesome. I don’t have all the answers, but know that as communications professionals, we need these local news outlets to do our jobs.
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