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The Costs of Declining Local News Coverage

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Newspapers, television, and radio stations are covering less and less local news. Why should we care? It turns out there is a huge economic cost to not covering local issues and topics. On The Point, we talk about the economic benefits of local news coverage versus the costs, and some of the innovative ways we can bring about more local journalism. 

Guests on the program are Charles Sennott, Chief Executive of The GroundTruth Project; Paul Pronovost, executive editor of the Cape Cod Times; and James Hamilton, Hearst Professor of Communication and Director of the Journalism Program at Stanford University.  He's the author of  Democracy's Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism, published in 2016. 

Charles Sennott will speak Friday Aug 9th 7:30pm - 9:00pm at Wellfleet Preservation Hall on "Revitalizing Local Journalism to Save Democracy."

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.