We need public funding of local newspapers no question about it when things get back to normal. Right now local newspapers are under a terrible strain with the loss of advertising revenue due to the coronavirus economic shutdown and increased health care costs.
On this “news buzz” edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for The Storm Lake Times Art Cullen about what he calls an existential crisis for his small town paper. Click on the link at the bottom of the post to help save the paper.
Meanwhile in Coronavirusville, this is a good thing that’s happening:
More than a dozen senators are calling for any future stimulus package addressing the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus to include funding for local journalism, saying that communities across the U.S. are at risk of losing their source of news because of the pandemic.
“Local news is in a state of crisis that has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the senators wrote in a letter sent to the upper chamber’s leadership on Wednesday.
Here is a screenshot of a portion of the letter. Click here to read the entire letter.