Originally posted on Washington Post
There are fewer than 1 in 6 Americans paying for local news. With print advertising in drastic decline and mobile media becoming a standard platform for new distribution and advertising, local news is taking a big hit. More than 25 percent of all digital ad revenue goes to Google and Facebook, but this attack on local news is largely unknown to the public. Around “3 in 4 respondents” believe that it is in good shape. The decline of the industry is forcing newspapers to cut hundreds of employees from their rosters disrupting not only the lives of those losing their jobs, but, limiting the ability of public-interest journalism to be produced efficiently and with quality. Newsprime offers a solution to loss of revenue being suffered by local media, and allows journalists to expand their databases for more efficient journalism.