News Hole: The Demise of Local Journalism and Political Engagement


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Cambridge University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.53 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Danny Hayes is Professor in the Department of Political Science, George Washington University.
Jennifer L. Lawless is the Leone Reeves and George W. Spicer Professor in the Department of Politics, University of Virginia.


'Democracy depends on informed citizens - and for generations, America's rich landscape of local newspapers was an unparalleled source of information on state and local politics. So when media markets transform and local newspapers cut way back on their coverage of state and local issues, the threat to subnational democracy is acute. In an analysis that is at once sobering and compelling, Hayes and Lawless use a wealth of data to show precisely how deep the cuts to local political coverage have been - and how those cuts have in turn reduced Americans' engagement in local politics. This book is written with a style, voice, and urgency that means that you need to read not just your local newspaper but this book from cover to cover.' Daniel Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania
'Two recent parallel trends bode ill for the vitality of grassroots democracy: the precipitous slump of voter participation in local elections and news coverage of candidates and issues. By exhaustively tracking and quantifying these dual declines, the authors of News Hole demonstrate their interconnectedness. News Hole is a scholarly work that yields new and valuable insights for political scientists and journalists, as well as ordinary citizens passionate about nurturing civic engagement.' Penelope Muse Abernathy, author of News Deserts and Ghost Newspapers: Will Local News Survive?
'For those who still question why the decline of local journalism matters, this book provides the answer, through a series of clear and compelling studies that show how democracy suffers as local journalism deteriorates. And, not content to just sound the alarm, Hayes and Lawless explore a key solution path - resuscitating audience demand for local news.' Philip Michael Napoli, Duke University