Facebook: Supporting Research on News Deserts

Over the last twenty-five years, news deserts–communities with little or no local reporting–have emerged and continue to spread in the United States. As this phenomenon has been studied and measured, so have its negative effects: according to Penny Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, “Our sense of community and our trust in democracy at all levels suffer when journalism is lost or diminished.”

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