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To Protect Democracy, Revive Local Journalism

Without local journalism, citizens become less informed, and corruption becomes more likely, leading to a decline in voter turnout and erosion of democratic institutions.

Fortunately, there has been a resurgence of innovative business models aimed at sustaining local journalism in the digital age.

  • Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca
  • Project Syndicate

The Washington Post’s famous slogan, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” is sadly coming true in many parts of the United States.

The digital age has shattered newspapers’ business model, turning many communities into “news deserts” with no local journalism.

Some 2,500 daily or weekly newspapers have folded since 2005, and…

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