Research shows strong newspapers: •Increase voter turnout •Reduce gov't corruption •Make cities financially healthier •Increase citizen knowledge of local politics •Make elected officials more responsive •Encourage more options in mayoral races
"Local newspapers are basically little machines that spit out healthier democracies."
“Local newspapers are basically little machines that spit out healthier democracies.”
When local newspapers shrink, fewer people bother to run for mayor: “In a well-functioning system, citizens need to be actively engaged in their gov & aware of decisions made by their elected representatives. Newspapers are a means of citizen engagement.”
When local newspapers shrink, fewer people bother to run for mayor
When local newspapers shrink, fewer people bother to run for mayor via
Decline of local news is measurably hurting our local democracies. Yet another corollary from the rise of social media and big news.
Journalism is even more central to democracy than people think