Why The New York Times is covering newspaper closures as a national story (and how local outlets can collaborate)

President Trump Speaks with the Press President Donald J. Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn driveway of the White House Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his weekend trip to Bedminster, N.J. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

NEWS STRONG news – Nieman Lab reports 8.05.2019 bCHRISTINE SCHMIDT – The crisis of local newspapers, in The New York Times’ eyes, is now a national story.

Choked out by Facebook, Google, and other digital giants for advertising dollars, consolidated by profit-seeking corporations, and ultimately closing up shop as the community watchdogs and drivers of civic engagement, the struggles of local media — especially legacy newspapers — are not unfamiliar to…

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