Dailies Aren’t Telling Citizens the Things They Need to Know

december 11, 2006  01:35 pm
As big-city dailies increasingly face cutbacks that threaten their ability to cover local affairs, civic leaders are expressing disquiet over the impact the downsizing has had on their communities, reports Governing magazine. From St. Louis to Los Angeles, prominent residents are concerned that the dailies' withering newsrooms and declining local coverage are doing damage to their cities. "If the people who live in a community are going to understand the way city hall or the county commission or the school board shapes their lives," writes Rob Gurwitt, "they need journalism that is there for the long haul and not just the occasional shout in the dark."