Answer by Ben Bradlee, Jr., Author of The Forgotten, former editor at the Boston Globe, on Quora:
The Internet has killed the economic model of newspapers and they are struggling to adapt. Newspaper staffs are down by about 50 percent since 2003. So, nearly five out of every ten reporters have disappeared, leaving crucial beats like state houses and city halls vacant, and many public meetings without coverage. More and more, nonprofit news organizations, digital start-ups, university-based centers and public radio stations are beginning to fill the gap—sometimes in partnerships. But it is newspapers, even in their battered state, which remain the dominant media players in local markets.