Ghost Papers and News Deserts: Will America Ever Get Its Local News Back?

First they started showing up thinner than before. Then they were printed on smaller paper, with local columns replaced by more out-of-town news. Then in some places, especially rural and down-on-their-luck parts, newspapers stopped showing up altogether.

Since the Internet arrived in earnest 25 years ago, almost nobody—not the savviest investment bankers, the most well-meaning editors, local entrepreneurs or generous philanthropists—has figured out a sustainable way to continue producing local news.

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