PolComm

What the US Newspaper Crisis Means for Public Accountability

The connection between a free press and the ability to hold public officials to account is one of the benchmarks of liberal democracy. In particular, accountability journalism - understood to encompass investigative and public affairs journalism - is seen as absolutely critical for people to have the knowledge they need in order to participate fully as citizens (Schudson, 2018).

Losing the News across the US?: Newspaper Employment Concentration, News Deserts, and Implications for Political Geography

The loss of local newspapers in the US is understood to be a challenge for a functioning democracy. Relying on a theoretical framework drawn from political geography, this article explores “news deserts” and related concerns about news media saturation in large cities, using newspaper employment and a typology of 15 US county-types to better understand shifts in the US’ newspaper industry.