Local newspapers across the country are disappearing

Local newspapers across the country are disappearing

They say no news is good news, but what if there really was no news?

Due to COVID-19, economical issues and the internet, the number of local newspaper companies have dwindled. Over the past few years, over 25 percent of America’s newspapers have disappeared. Many worry about the effects that this lack of news will have on towns and cities all across the country.

What is really happening here could be deeper than what meets the eye. An article by the University of North Carolina reports that this is an “implication of our democracy,” and needs to be taken seriously.

If this trend continues, more and more local communities will only have access to national and global news, and be stripped of the reports of what is happening right in their back yard. Losing access to knowledge of public events, freely written opinion pieces and even local public safety is unjust.

Not only does this crisis effect the communities and towns, but people as employees lose their jobs. With each news business that goes out of commission, an entire team of reporters, editors and photographers are left in the dust.

To share a more local perspective, Steve Green, the editor of the Maryland Coast Dispatch says, “A local community newspaper is critical in providing timely, accurate news stories to residents. Additionally, a solid newspaper will report all the news germane to its citizens while also highlighting and covering student achievements, athletics, community service organizations and furthering discourse through letters to editors.”

While this covers the importance of this business, Green also shares his opinion on why this issue is increasing.

“It’s the national and metropolitan newspapers who are struggling as digital media continues to increase in popularity and reliance, making the printed news old news by the product that is on the street. The national trend of newspapers being unable to remain in circulation in today’s wold means more to the older generation who are accustomed to having the printed product in their hands.”

Echoing off that, an article by Wake Tech Literary Magazine says, “internet access, advertising, corporate ownership, and social media are playing as huge contributors to the decline in newspaper production.”

Although it seems distant from the youth, journalism is part of our rights, as it is the only business protected by the constitution. With these continuing trends, more and more people can be affected by this unjustified issue.