Dot’s Reading Room: Columbia Journalism Review says Local Newspapers Confront an Apocalypse

“America’s local newspapers confront an apocalypse” is the scary headline in a recent Columbia Journalism Review on the effect of Covid-19 on newspapers and particularly, on “local” media sources.

The story begins, With each passing week, the torrent of dire news about Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, intensifies across the United States. So, too, does the torrent of dire news about the newspapers bringing you the dire news.” Read it here:

Print papers, “alt-weeklies,” and online services similar to The Citizen are suffering, as ad revenues drop, and funding sources dry up. One of the most successful and respected online news providers, (and our neighbor to the north), VTDigger recently laid off three staffers.

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