There has been a net loss of almost 1,800 local newspapers since 2004. And journalists, especially in smaller media markets, are being laid off at near historic rates.
The rise of the internet has led to fundamental shifts in the way that news is consumed, and misinformation now thrives with dangerous consequences. But an honest media can prevent untruths from spreading. That’s why the Founding Fathers called the press essential to liberty.
The Atlantic convened community leaders, advocates, and local journalists to examine what the future of local news looks like, and the role the press plays in civic engagement.