Margaret Sullivan Has Written a Brisk and Useful Guide to the Horrifying Decline of Local News

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What’s happened to local news in our medium-size city north of Boston is a story that could be told in hundreds of communities across the country.

The first time we lived here, in the early 1980s, we were served by a vibrant, locally owned daily newspaper. When we returned nearly 30 years later, the daily, a shell of its former self, would soon go out of business, leaving the field to a weekly owned by GateHouse Media, now merged with Gannett.

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