Pacific Standard: The Decline of Local News is Bad for Democracy

Tracking the events in state legislatures and city councils requires skilled beat reporters. They’re becoming an increasingly rare breed.


Last month, the Denver Post announced it was firing a third of its newsroom staff. The layoffs are the latest in a series of downsizing moves at the paper.

The Post has hardly been the only local newspaper to experience such cuts. Digital First Media, which owns the Post along with nearly 100 other newspapers, has slashed staffing numbers at several other papers, including the San Jose Mercury, the Orange County Register, and a few local papers in Pennsylvania. Digital First has also recently acquired the Boston Herald; similar layoffs may be on the way there.

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