teleSUR: As More Newspapers fail, News ‘Deserts’ Expand in US: Study

More than 1,800 US newspapers have closed since 2004, leaving expanding “news deserts” with little or no local reporting on public affairs, researchers said in a report Monday.

The study by the University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism, an update of a 2016 paper, found that more than one-fifth of local dailies or weeklies had been shuttered in a decade and a half. As a result, “thousands of our communities (are) at risk of becoming news deserts,” the report said.

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