Future of the Local News

This is a bit off-topic for this site, but it’s a subject I’m very much interested in. Much has been written recently about the future of news coverage, particularly local news coverage. What will happen to our polity if local newspapers, which are pretty much the only source of hard news about local government and events, shut down?

The inimitable Clay Shirky questions this basic assumption. How much of a local newspaper’s resources are devoted to actual news coverage? The answer is surprising.

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