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Lookout doesn’t want its local news sites to be a supplement or alternative to the local daily. They aim to be the news source of record in their communities, outgunning their shrunken newsprint rivals from Day 1.
Meredith Kopit Levien, everyone seems to agree, is the right person to lead the Times into the 2020s. But here’s hoping she’ll view her mission more broadly — including the state of local news in America.
Ghosting the News is a useful introduction to the decline of local, and Sullivan is an ideal guide.
And a willingness to change. “One participant told us this name suggests that ‘We’re on your side. We’re with you…It says that this is Oakland’s side of the story.'”
“Being able to link the promo code to heartfelt messages of why local journalism is so important right now is like a one-two punch that we thought would be powerful with readers.”
The country’s $50 million Local Journalism Initiative is funding more than 160 reporting positions across the country. But critics say that it’s subsidizing old media at the expense of new models.
“We used to say trustworthy information is important to democracy. And now we should say trustworthy local information is a matter of life and death.”
Declines in ad revenue and all those canceled events might prove manageable. But the real risk would come with a virus-inspired recession — and how the industry’s hedge-fund owners might respond to it.