Opinion | Some of the biggest victims of news deserts are conservative voters in conservative counties

Strengthening local news would have broad civic benefits and could lead to happier, healthier communities, whether red, purple or blue.

Data by Medill Local News Initiative. Graphic by Rebuild Local News
Data by Medill Local News Initiative. Graphic by Rebuild Local News
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The magnificent (and depressing) report from the Local News Initiative of the Medill Journalism School helps us understand so many facets of the local news crisis, and the efforts to address it. If you go deeper in the data, it also provides useful information about the political landscape of news deserts.

Some 83% of the counties that have either no news source or are on Medill’s “watch list” (in danger of becoming a desert) voted for Donald Trump in 2020, according to analysis that Rebuild Local News has done.

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