News deserts aren’t sandy swaths without water, they are areas without balanced and fair journalism to tell the important stories of community life.
As the business model of newspapers shifts, many daily and weekly news sources in towns and cities across the nation are no longer providing local coverage. Why is this a bad thing? Public scrutiny and accountability are often connected to the investigative reporting of journalists covering local beats.
When this stops, vital local news dries up and so can critical checks and balances on our public officials. What can you do? Subscribe to your local news sources!