COVID-19 Has Ravaged American Newsrooms – Here’s Why that Matters
4 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2020
Date Written: July 20, 2020
COVID-19 has ripped through the industry. In the United States alone, over 36,000 journalists have lost their jobs, been furloughed or had their pay cut. The trendlines for this, however, pre-date the pandemic. This article examines the causes of the long-term decline seen by local newspapers, the impact of this on communities and democratic engagement, and looks ahead at some potential solutions and policy discussions aimed at resolving this crisis.
Keywords: journalism, media, newspapers, community, local news, democratic deficit, journalists, COVID-19, coronavirus, economic impact, information needs, information deficit, news deserts
JEL Classification: A00, A10, H00, H10, H11, H12, H20, H50, H70, l31, l39, L10, l50, L86, L88, L82, Z18, Z19, Z10
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