Public Radio: Fewer Newspapers, More Partisanship

By RICH EGGER

Scientific American recently conducted a study that found newspaper closures are linked to partisanship. The publication used voting data from across the country over a four year period.

Scientific American said as local newspapers close, more people turn to national outlets for political information. The publication said those sources emphasize competition and conflict, whereas local newspapers serve “as a central source of shared information.”  The study also found readers of local newspapers feel more attached to their communities.

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