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Local News Is Dying, and Americans Have No Idea

While the industry nose-dives, a large majority of the country thinks it is doing great.
Source: Mark Lennihan / AP

Local news is in the midst of a long financial crisis, as newsrooms are hit with layoffs, page counts shrink, and entire papers go belly-up.

And yet Americans haven’t noticed. Seven in 10 Americans believe that their local news outlets are doing “very or somewhat well financially,” according to a new Pew Research survey.

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