Says David Bauder at St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Blame revenue siphoned by online competition, cost-cutting ownership, a death spiral in quality, sheer disinterest among readers or reasons peculiar to given locales for that development. While national outlets worry about a president who calls the press an enemy of the people, many Americans no longer have someone watching the city council for them, chronicling the soccer exploits of their children or reporting on the kindly neighbor who died of cancer.
Local journalism is dying in plain sight. More.
Reality check: Americans, send flowers, not money from the government. Unless you want hundreds of arrogant and righteous little CBCs everywhere, spending your money while looking down at you.
Going forward, it would be a good project for active seniors to sit in on City Council and blog about it. Why not get some of the more writing-savvy kids to write the kid sports news? And how about, for heaven’s sakes, actually visiting the kindly neighbour before she dies instead of waiting to read about it? We could write tributes to her while she is alive and can read them herself – and then publish them after her death.
See also: Decline of the legacy media captured in a stat