Necessity of local newspapers

The past several years have been tumultuous for the journalism industry, especially those working in print publications.
Across the country, large rounds of layoffs have affected hundreds of reporters and staff. The most recent example came in November of last year when Postmedia Network Inc. and Torstar Corp. announced they were closing 36 newspapers, eliminating 291 jobs. Many of these publications served small, rural communities like the Pontiac.
According to research conducted by Ryerson University professor April Lindgren and her team at The Local News Research Project, 238 local news outlets across Canada have closed their doors since 2008.
Hundreds of communities now have no source for news produced in their community, no one holding their local elected officials to account.


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