By Sara Fischer | Axios
The economic strains on local news have forced local outlets to close, shutter their print editions or consolidate into major holding groups, often headquartered in far-away cities.
Why it matters: “As long as [cuts to local news] continues, the people in power will get away with murder,” veteran NYC TV journalist Errol Louis told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday.
Most recently, billionaire Joe Ricketts’ decision to shut down local city coverage site DNAInfo and Gothamist in response to employees voting to unionize has called into question how local news outlets can survive through conflicting business interests of ownership.
The cuts are the latest of local coverage setbacks this month. The Houston Press has effectively closed down; The Baltimore City Paper, a 40-year-old publication, published its last issue November 1.