Longview TX: Texas A&M professor: Losing local newspapers means unhealthy local news ecosystems

By LouAnna Campbell Tyler Morning Telegraph

TYLER — A communications associate professor from Texas A&M University says residents of towns where local newspapers have closed are living in unhealthy local news ecosystems, leading to reckless government spending, less responsible politicians and even lower voter turnout.

Johanna Dunaway spoke Monday at Tyler Junior College to share results of research she and her associates conducted on the effects that losing local newspaper outlets is having on politics around the country and what effects that loss of local media has on communities.

About 75 students and faculty gathered in a Jenkins Hall classroom to hear about Dunaway’s research. M. Roberts Media, owner of the News-Journal and Tyler Morning Telegraph, co-sponsored her visit.

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