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The state of New York, led by a powerful coalition of local publishers, has just approved game-changing legislation in the fight to preserve local news outlets and community journalism. By including a $90 million payroll tax credit for hiring and retaining local journalists in the state's 2025 budget, New York has become the nation's first to take such a major step to protecting this vital industry. This is a commitment to local journalism that the U.S. Congress should urgently build upon.

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America's Newspapers, a leading advocate for the nation's newspaper industry, enthusiastically endorses the Arkansas Government Disclosure Act of 2024 and the proposed Arkansas Government Disclosure Amendment. These initiatives represent a critical step forward in protecting the public's fundamental right to access government records and proceedings and to make government actions more transparent.

(Top row) Rep. Colin Z. Allred (D-TX-32), Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY-16) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-3)
(Bottom row) Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA-9) and Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ-4)
Five additional representatives sign on as co-sponsors for Community News Act
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Five additional Congressional representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of the Community News & Small Business Support Act (H.R. 4756), bringing the number of sponsors/co-sponsors to 46.

On Saturday, April 20, Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature unveiled the final state budget, which included a payroll tax credit for local news outlets. This credit was modeled on the Local Journalism Sustainability Act. With the passage of this bill, New York is now the first state in the nation to incentivize hiring and retaining local journalists.
Brier Dudley of The Seattle Times says he can’t stop thinking about the Pew Research Center’s survey, which found people are paying less attention to news and turning to non-journalism sources to get informed. This further highlights the urgent need for solutions that universally address America’s local journalism crisis, as if more evidence was needed.
"The centerpiece of our idea — also articulated by Steven Waldman, head of the Rebuild Local News coalition — is that journalism needs to be treated more like critical infrastructure."

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The owners of the Daily Gazette have agreed to the framework of a deal to sell the company to Gazette publisher John DeAugustine, the Hume-Lind family announced Wednesday.
The decision will save the company an estimated $5 million a year and is a step toward returning to profitability.
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Wick Communications veteran Ken Harty has been named publisher of the Madison (South Dakota) Daily Leader.
Virginia Black will start in her new position on June 3, and will be based in Lafayette.
The Florida Press Association (FPA) and Intersect Media (IM) have announced the appointment of Carolyn Nolte as their new president and chief executive officer.