Another Sign of Hard Times in Local News: A Declined Visa

From a New York Times story by Lora Kelley headlined “Another Sign of Hard Times in Local News: A Declined Visa”:

At the end of a short interview with American immigration officials this month, Phil O’Brien, a Briton who has lived in New York City for a decade, received some disappointing news: His visa renewal application had been rejected.

Immigration officials had deemed his news business, W42ST, which covers Hell’s Kitchen in Midtown Manhattan, “marginal.”

Across the country, local newsrooms have hit hard times. Hardly a week passes without news of another paper closing or cutting way back on staffing.