The press has fallen upon hard times. Between 2004 and the end of 2019, about 2,100 newspapers—one in four—closed. Over the last twelve years, newsrooms have shed tens of thousands of jobs. But while the problem of journalism’s economic decline has been well documented, surprisingly little work has been done to sleuth out practical solutions. In this issue, the Monthly tries to rectify that imbalance. Our staffers and contributors have identified several ways government can be used to reinvigorate the economics of journalism without jeopardizing editorial independence. —The Editors
Major national outlets need to help smaller ones survive.
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