Grim News About Local News

Tali Arbel and David Bauder at AP: Researchers have long worried that the next recession — which economists say is already upon us — “could be an extinction-level event for newspapers,” said Penelope Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor who studies the...

A Prayer for the Media

Let us #PrayTogether for all who work in the media, who work to communicate, to inform us, so that people are not so isolated, and to educate children. We pray for all those who are helping us bear this time of isolation. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 1,...

The Need for Civility

Angela Evans at The Hill: There can be no doubt that the media reward conflict, not consensus building. “If it bleeds, it leads” in the news business. But blaming the media is an alibi, not a valid excuse. There can be no doubt some of the new forms of social media...

Coronavirus and Local News

The economic shutdown is drying up ad revenues for local news publications, thus accelerating their decline. Morgan Phillips at Fox: In Pittsburgh, Tribune Total Media combined its two print editions into one and laid off much of its staff. Other Pittsburgh papers...

Journalism and Coronavirus

Jon Allsop at The Columbia Journalism Review:  Public-health restrictions, including newsroom closures, have imposed limitations on the practice of reporting, and—along with the worsening economic picture—cast fresh doubt on some news organizations’ financial...

The Media’s Role During Emergencies

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Journalists have a responsibility to report information they believe is honest and objective. Public health and emergency management professionals sometimes expect the media to report in a way that supports official...