BBC: Why local US newspapers are sounding the alarm

By Taylor Kate Brown

In the past decade, hundreds of local US newspapers have closed or merged. What happens to the communities they leave behind?

A hundred and twenty years ago, a wooden auditorium was built in the hills of Boulder, Colorado, as part of the Chautauqua movement, a lecture circuit/educational variety show for rural communities. In early June, Dave Krieger got on stage in the Chautauqua auditorium to tell the city’s residents why he got fired from the local newspaper – and why he’s worried about the future of local news in the US.

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