The State of Local News 2022

Abernathy, Penny

The country is continuing to lose newspapers, and most struggling communities that lose a paper are not getting a print or digital replacement. New Medill research on the state of local news in 2022 finds a fifth of the population live in a news desert or in a community at risk of becoming one. Here’s what is working and where there are gaps in the flow of reliable and timely news that threaten democracy and society.