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Special Segment: What Happens When There's No Newspaper?

Kelsie Moore


Jones County, North Carolina is one of the over two hundred U.S. counties with no local newspaper – what researchers call a news desert.

In this RadioWest podcast extra, The New Yorker staff writer Charles Bethea shared the story of what happened in the Jones County town of Pollocksville when no local news organization was around to an eye on the community, and what newspapers mean for rural areas and the country at large.

You can read Charles Bethea’s The New Yorker story, What Happens When The News Is Gone, here.