Nieman Lab: An analysis of 16,000 stories, across 100 U.S. communities, finds very little actual local news

Nieman Lab: An analysis of 16,000 stories, across 100 U.S. communities, finds very little actual local news. “We know that local journalism is suffering. We talk about news deserts and shuttering newspapers. Research has tended to focus on individual communities, or more broadly on certain types of journalism outlets and the coverage of certain types of topics. But what do the problems for local news look like on a broader level? Researchers from the News Measures Research Project at Duke analyzed more than 16,000 news stories across 100 U.S. communities with populations ranging from 20,000 to 300,000 people. (U.S. Census data identifies 493 such communities; the researchers chose a random sample of 100.) What they found isn’t promising.”

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