Last fall, I put together a piece examining the death of local news, why it matters, and why we should get serious about public funding to save it.
The crux of my argument boils down to this:
[L]osing local journalism is something that should worry us. It’s not just about an antiquated technology or business model replaced by something new. This isn’t the steam engine giving rise to the combustible engine. With the loss of local journalism, we’re losing an integral part of community life. And, despite years of kvetching by tech luminaries and news industry veterans that local journalism just “needs a new business model,” it’s becoming increasingly clear that a better business model doesn’t exist.“The Public Option: Saving Local Journalism in the Digital Age” (April 5, 2020)
The full article is available on Medium.