Reading the local news is closely linked to civic engagement
A study by Gallup and the Knight Foundation exploring media trends shows this as summarized in this Medium article and shows why the future of journalism is so important to democracy. People who read and watch local news are more likely to take part in important community issues, and 81% are more likely to participate in local elections.
Keep up with the latest commentary and opinion in the local news landscape:
State of local newspapers in Massachusetts in 2023 from the Northwestern University Local News Initiative
The traditional newspaper industry is in crisis and locked in a struggle with digital media. The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local News at the University of North Carolina gives an overview of the state of Massachusetts newspapers circa 2019 here in their News Deserts and Ghost Newspapers: Will Local News Survive project, including what newspapers still exist, where they are, who owns them.
Boston Phoenix, 1966 - 2013
List of Massachusetts newspapers that have closed or merged since 2004 compiled by the University of North Carolina, Hussman School of Journalism and Media