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Closing the Gaps in Local News

Josh Stearns

New Pew Research Finds Gulf Between People People’s Hunger for Local News and their Satisfaction with Local Media.

People are hungry for local news and they follow local issues and debates closely.

I’ve seen that in my daily work with newsrooms and communities in New Jersey and New York and it is reinforced in a new report on “Local News in a Digital Age” just released by the Pew Research Center. Using surveys, news content analysis and interviews the study attempted to map the local news ecosystem and trace the ebb and flow of news through three very different cities: Denver, Macon and Sioux City.

Across the board, the researchers found that “Nearly nine-in-ten residents follow local news closely — and about half do so very closely.” That’s the good news, and it adds to the evidence that local news is still of vital importance to people, even as many…

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