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  • Thwarting the emergence of news deserts: Thwarting the emergence of news deserts: An update to our Fall 2016 report on the emergence of #USNewsDeserts. This report features new data from the largest comprehensive newspaper database in the country, new analysis of local coverage of elections and more!

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Over the past decade, a new media baron has emerged. Private equity funds, hedge funds and investment groups have swooped into to buy and manage newspapers. With the industry in distress and publishers struggling to adapt to the digital age, many communities are in danger of losing their primary source of local news and information. This report explores the long-ranging social, economic and political impact of this shift in ownership.

Technology and a Dramatically Changed Media Landscape
A Dramatically Changed Landscape

How the newspaper industry has changed over the past decade.
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The Rise of a New Media Baron
The Rise of a New Media Baron

How and when large investment firms came to own many of the nation’s newspapers.
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The Growing Threat of News Deserts to Journalism
The Growing Threat of News Deserts

Why there is a risk and where it is most prevalent.
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Saving Community Journalism in a Digital Age
Finding Solutions

Who and what can save community journalism in the digital age.
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“If we lose local newsrooms, we lose the watchdog power of the media. The most disheartening part of seeing the physical Seattle P-I [Post-Intelligencer] close is that only 20 of its reporters went to the website. Not only is that a loss of jobs, but that represents a lot of important news contacts lost. That represents a lot of carefully cultivated sources gone. That represents a lot of shady, lazy, or dishonest politicians, corporations, and agencies that won’t be watched as closely.”
-John Whitehead, The Huffington Post, 2009

Spotlight on Research


 Publisher David Woronoff discusses how the twice weekly Pilot in eastern NC launched a successful digital ad agency and what it has meant for his paper.


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