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The ailing local news industry in Illinois would receive compensation from Big Tech companies and benefit from state tax incentives and a new journalism scholarship program under sweeping legislation introduced in the General Assembly this month.
Today, a statewide group of local news organizations, comprising over 100 local newspapers in New York, launched The Empire State Local News Coalition, a joint advocacy effort to advance a legislative package that would deliver long-term sustainability to the sector. 
The Seattle Times' Brier Dudley asked members of Washington’s delegation where they stood on the need for Congress to help save local journalism. All but two, U.S. Reps. Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, responded with thoughtful comments and pledges to help.

Rep. Randy K. Weber, Sr. (R-TX-14)
Rep. Randy Weber Sr. of Texas is latest co-sponsor of Community News Act
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Rep. Randy K. Weber, Sr. (R-TX-14) has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Community News & Small Business Support Act (H.R. 4756). This brings the number of co-sponsors for this bipartisan bill to 41 (20 Republican co-sponsors and 21 Democrats).

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Press Forward, the national movement investing more than $500 million to strengthen communities and local news, announced today that 11 communities are joining its network of local chapters across the country.
February 14, 2024 - A new bill signed by Governor Kristi Noem on Feb. 12 will redefine the term “legal newspaper” in South Dakota.
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After a national search, the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville will have a new director starting in July, Amy Jo Coffey, a former broadcast journalist who found her calling in higher education.
Press Forward has announced that Dale R. Anglin will serve as the inaugural director of the growing coalition of local and national funders committed to investing more than $500 million to strengthen communities, democracy and local news.
Gannett | USA TODAY Network have announced the addition of Marci Moss as dedicated chief data privacy officer, as they further strengthen their data protection framework. Safeguarding the information entrusted to publications like Gannett by clients, partners, users and employees is more critical than ever, and Moss will be dedicated to prioritizing the importance of data protection, privacy and regulation.