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The Drastic Impact On Communities When Local Newspapers Close

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Dympna Ugwu-Oju, Jonathan Mehta Stein, PEN America and Paul Myers
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Clockwise from top left: Dympna Ugwu-Oju, Jonathan Mehta Stein, Nora Benavidez and Paul Myers

When a local newspaper is forced to reduce its reporting staff or shut down altogether, research shows there’s a huge impact on the community it serves. Often, voter participation goes down, while government borrowing goes up. To find out more about the connection between local newspapers and the democratic process, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with Paul Myers, editor of the Sun-Gazette newspaper in Tulare County, Dympna Ugwu-Oju, editor of the Fresnoland Lab at the Fresno Bee, Jonathan Mehta Stein, executive director at California Common Cause and Nora Benavidez, director of U.S. free expression programs with PEN America.

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.
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