The Plight of Local Newsrooms and its Impact on Democracy

What information we have about local issues, and the depth with which it’s covered, is key to our engagement within society and our communities. As media conglomerates, local newsrooms and journalists committed to authentic, nuanced coverage suffer shutdowns and job losses.

What are the impacts of these shifts in the media landscape, and what can be done to save local media?

This recent 1A interview explores these questions through dialogue with guest speakers Karen Rundlet, CEO, Institute for Nonprofit News; Kelly McBride, senior vice president, and chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, The Poynter Institute; public editor, NPR; and Thomas Patterson, Professor of government and the press, Harvard Kennedy School.


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About the Lead Author

April Doner
April Doner
April Doner is a community connector, artist, and mother who is passionate about igniting the intersection between re-weaving neighbor relationships, strengthening local economies, and healing / reconciling inequities and injustices. She is a Steward at the ABCD Institute DePaul University and, while not practicing neighboring in her own neighborhood, she trains, coaches, and consults in Asset Based Community Development. April also documents local resilience as well as group processes through various creative means including writing, photography, video, and graphic recording. Since 2020, she has curated content for

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