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Local News In Crisis Mode


  The news industry has been hard hit in recent years. The rise of online ads and then the Great Recession pushed newspapers into steep decline. Now, with the coronavirus crisis, industry observer Ken Doctor says news faces — gulp — “extinction.”

Of course, that’s not good, but there is a silver lining. Local news outlets across the country have seen big spikes in readership as people turn to them for information about how the crisis is affecting their communities. We’re talking about the challenges facing local news these days and what happens when the news disappears.


  • John Saltas, publisher of Salt Lake City's City Weekly
  • Penny Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
  • Ken Doctor, news industry analyst and the author of Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get. He runs the website, newsonomics.com