VIDEO: 3,000 LIBERAL NEWSPAPERS TO CLOSE THIS YEAR, LA TIMES FIRES STAFF
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There are many reports, here's one:
At its current pace, the country will hit 3,000 newspapers closed in two decades sometime next year, with just under 6,000 remaining, the report said. At the same time, 43,000 newspaper journalists lost jobs, most of them at daily publications, with the advertising market collapsing.
While digital outlets have emerged to fill some voids, they're closing at roughly the same rate as new ones start, the report said. There is talk of public financing helping the industry, and more philanthropic money is coming in, but none of that has changed the trajectory.
The problems of local news, however, are like a slow drip that has affected every corner of the country.
There are 204 counties in the United States with no local news outlet, and 1,562 with only one, usually a weekly newspaper, the Northwestern report said. That's more than half of the nation's 3,143 counties. Northwestern placed 228 of the counties with only one news source on a "watch list," declaring that single outlet endangered.