Local Journalism in the Pacific Northwest: Why It Matters, How It’s Evolving, and Who Pays for It
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Strong, effective, local journalism is essential for the health of the wider media ecosystem and in ensuring that the information needs of communities are met. But this sector has faced multiple challenges in recent years including declining revenues, smaller newsrooms and shuttered titles. How are local news organizations responding to these challenges, and what can be done to more effectively share successes across the media and news sectors? A new report from the University of Oregon’s Agora Journalism Center addresses those questions, through the lens of 10 news outlets, in the Pacific Northwest. These titles serve as a microcosm of the wider local news industry in the United States, who are similarly addressing fundamental strategic questions related to the revenue and business models, use of digital platforms and the impact of this changing journalistic practice.