Margaret Sullivan: More Newspapers Close—and “News Deserts” Grow Larger

From a Washington Post media column by Margaret Sullivan headlined “Every week, two more newspapers close—and ‘news deserts’ grow larger”:

Penelope Muse Abernathy may be the nation’s foremost expert on what media researchers call “news deserts”— and she’s worried.

News deserts are communities lacking a news source that provides meaningful and trustworthy local reporting on issues such as health, government and the environment. It’s a vacuum that leaves residents ignorant of what’s going on in their world, incapable of fully participating as informed citizens. What’s their local government up to? Who deserves their vote? How are their tax dollars being spent? All are questions that go unanswered in a news desert.