News Deserts

Margaret Sullivan at WP: Already in a sharp downward spiral, the local news industry was hit hard by the covid-19 pandemic. The worst blows were taken by newspapers — businesses that, as a group, had never recovered from the digital revolution and the 2008 recession....

Alden Strikes Again

Sara Fischer at Axios: Lawmakers, local reporters and journalism advocates are sounding the alarm over a takeover attempt of local newspaper group Lee Enterprises by Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund known for cutting journalists at local papers to maximize profits....

Journalism Under Fire

Brian Stelter at CNN: In the words of Committee to Protect Journalists executive director Joel Simon, “To practice journalism in the face of grave danger requires a profound sense of optimism and a sincere faith in humanity.” Those qualities were on...

Honoring Fallen Journalists

Rick Hutzell at The Advocate (Baton Rouge): You don’t have to be a journalist to know that a strong free press, a pillar of a vibrant democracy, is under attack. Newspapers, particularly those that focus on local news, are closing around the country. At the same time,...

Journalists Are Dying

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab at Forbes: Too many journalists are dying for doing their job. Between 2006-2019, close to 1,200 journalists were killed for reporting the news. This equates to approximately 100 journalists per year. In nine out of ten cases the killers do not...