Local news is disappearing in cities across the country. From 2008 to 2019, the percentage of people who said they got their news from local newspapers on a daily basis fallen by more than half. During the same period, the number of newsroom jobs increased crashed. The way Americans get their news has changed, and that can have profound social and political ramifications.
Elaine Godfrey, a staff writer at The Atlantic, joins the FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast to discuss her new article about what happened when a local paper disappeared from a small town in Iowa. And Danny Hayes, professor of political science at George Washington University, also talks about his research on the The role local news plays in society and what happens when it erodes.
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