The Pandemic is Crushing the Journalism Industry. The Government Could Save It.

Three years ago, Matt DeRienzo surveyed America’s journalism landscape and issued a dire warning that most reporters didn’t want or need to hear.

“The last recession was brutal for newspapers and local news,” wrote DeRienzo, who at the time was the director for a nonprofit organization that supported local online news outlets. “The next one could be an extinction-level event.”

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2 thoughts on “The Pandemic is Crushing the Journalism Industry. The Government Could Save It.

  • April 14, 2020 at 10:16 am

    I do understand the argument for government financial support for newspapers, however, this industry is not so critical when compared to other industries that are very critical during this pandemic. Meat and poultry processing plants are beginning to close indefinitely and many workers are refusing to go to work in these plants affecting the entire food supply chain. When food shortages such as meat and poultry start taking effect and consumers cannot feed their family, newspapers and government rescue will not be a concern for most Americans and the request from newspapers for government bailout is considerably weakened. Ability to feed a family or read a newspaper?

  • April 16, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    That is a valid point, Jerry. The pandemic currently is the Godzilla thrashing its way across the world demanding immediate engagement.
    Newspaper are suffering and have been for at least the last 10 years, and it’s going to take more than the government helping pay wages to keep newsrooms open. News/media needs new life breathed into the industry — the like of which I don’t think we’ve imagined yet.
    A local newsroom I once ran was closed several months ago. It served a small community for over 133 years. Small stuff: the newspaper saved a coach’s job, shared events, held the village council accountable, and over 100 years ago was the vehicle residents used to persuade the federal government to correct the post office’s spelling of the town’s name.
    I’m hearing from residents they want their news back.
    Hopefully a solution will rise from the news desert when readers are so parched for information of so appalled my government excesses.


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