THE POLICY MENU FOR REBUILDING LOCAL NEWS
Some promising policy proposals include support for hiring and retaining journalists, a local media ad tax credit, and more.
Support for Maryland's Local Media Ad Tax Credit
The bill provides up to $3,000 in tax credits over five years to local businesses who advertise in local news outlets.
The Great Gutting of US Newspapers
THE DECLINE OF THE NEWS HOLE
The number of articles in 121 newspapers that were studied has plummeted as the number of reporters has declined dramatically. Source: News Hole by Danny Hayes and Jennifer Lawless
What is the Rebuild Local News Coalition?
Rebuild Local News is a nonpartisan , nonprofit coalition whose member organizations 3,000+ newsrooms, including family-owned newspapers, nonprofit websites, weeklies, ethnic publications, hyperlocal sites, and rural papers – as well as civic organizations and other groups pushing to save local journalism.
How you can help
Are you concerned about the ongoing collapse of local news? If you, your publication, or your organization are interested in strengthening democracy and revitalizing community journalism, then consider becoming a member of the Rebuild Local News Coalition.
How the Government can help
There are nonpartisan ways that the government can help: payroll tax credits to encourage hiring of local reporters, antitrust policies to deter newspaper consolidation and much more.
Rebuilding local news will require a massive effort that must include a significant increase in philanthropic support, loads of innovation in the news business – and, yes, some help from the government.