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Local news is dying, taking small-town America along with it

Less than one-fifth of stories produced by US outlets have anything to do with their region, carrying serious consequences for social cohesion, voting and even bonds

By Riley Griffin  /  Bloomberg

There might be little chance of that in the present political environment. The US already spends very little government money on the media compared with other countries.

Norway spends about US$140 per capita each year on its public broadcasters, according to media consulting firm Nordicity. The UK spends US$88 and Canada spends US$22, but the US spends less than US$3.

Executive editors at local news outlets across the US agree that there needs to be more economic incentives to cover their communities.

“At the local level, news doesn’t stop when the news coverage goes away,” Lanane said. “Somebody has to do this work.”

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