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Tedsword Today’s Word: No News

March 13, 2019

“Strong newspapers have been good for democracy, and both educators and informers of a citizenry and its governing officials. They have been problem-solvers. That is what you are missing when you don’t have someone covering you and bringing transparency or sunlight onto government decisions and giving people a say in how those government decisions are made.”

—Penelope Muse Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor whose “The Expanding News Desert” study found 1,400 U.S. communities, rural, lower income and older, have lost local newspapers since 2003.



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