I’m a Local News Reporter. To Save Local News, We Must Publicly Fund It.
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Local news infrastructure is collapsing. As I’ve seen firsthand as a local reporter, the only interventions are coming from wealthy investors, who are often angling to gin up positive coverage for themselves. To change that, we need publicly funded local news. From 2008 to 2020, 57 percent of local newspaper jobs were lost, putting a total of 40,000 people out of work. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) I worked as a reporter at a small newspaper last year. There I was paid...

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