America’s local newspapers are in steep decline, creating a deficit in local news. In affected communities, civic life is receding, social cohesion is declining, misinformation is increasing, and governmental accountability is weakening.
- Most local public radio stations serve communities where the quality and quantity of local news and public affairs information is inadequate to the communities’ information needs.
- Public stations with small budgets dedicate just 22 percent of their total spending to news and public affairs.
- 60 percent of stations say they have fewer than 10 news reporters and editors.
- Lack of funding is the key factor holding back local public radio stations from becoming the leading news providers in their communities, and from increasing communities’ access to high quality news and public affairs coverage.