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Local News Coverage Is Declining — And That Could Be Bad For American Politics

03 Jun, 2021

The laws of supply and demand aren’t working for local news.

... A growing body of research has found that government is worse off when local news suffers. In fact, inadequate local news has been linked to more corruptionless competitive electionsweaker municipal finances and a prevalence of party-line politicians who don’t bring benefits back to their districts. 

...In our research we found that less local news meant more polarization. Then, with a little luck, we were also able to study the other side of the coin — whether more local news could actually bring people together.

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