Daily Signal: New Jersey Budgets $5M to Prop Up ‘Community’ Newspapers

The New Jersey state Legislature set aside $5 million in the annual budget to help fund what it calls “community journalism,” which  critics say raises serious ethical questions regarding the influence it gives government over news coverage.

As local newspapers have seen circulation and advertising steadily decline in the digital age, the traditional business model for small market news outlets is no longer providing the necessary revenue to maintain a financially stable newspaper.

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