Newly launched Local News Initiative at Northwestern joins national effort to support local news
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It's a jarring contradiction: The public has never had better access to news, yet local journalism is suffering a dramatic decline.
Which means there’s plenty to read and view, but it might not tell us very much.
On a single day in July, the New York Daily News cut its newsroom staff in half. The next month, Pittsburgh became the biggest American city without a daily print newspaper when the Post-Gazette went to five-days-a-week publication.
The number of U.S. newsroom jobs has dropped by about a quarter since 2008, and by 45 percent at newspapers. That has left some areas of the country virtually uncovered by journalism and plagues all news consumers with more superficiality and mistakes.
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