New York Daily News reporter Chelsia Rose Marcius cries as she is hugged by staff photographer Todd Maisel after they were both laid off in July 2018 — part of sweeping newsroom cuts nationwide in recent years. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Most people think local journalism is financially healthy. Here’s the troubling reality.

Originally posted on Washington Post

Media columnist

March 31 at 4:00 PM

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.

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