Can State Governments Save Local Newspapers?


Dusty Christensen still has his job, but many of his colleagues are not so lucky. A staff reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts, his newsroom lost 14 positions last year to layoffs and buyouts. Another 29 positions were cut when the paper’s owner, Newspapers of New England, outsourced its printing to Gannett, ending a more than 200-year history of the paper being printed locally.

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