The Local Journalism Sustainability Act is a bipartisan bill that provides a pathway to financial viability for local newspapers, in print or online, through a series of three tax credits. Such publications were already facing financial hardships prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which have only worsened over the last year.
Local Newspaper Subscription Credit
This credit will grow publications’ subscription bases by incentivizing Americans to subscribe to local newspapers.
Local Newspaper Journalist Compensation Credit
This credit will provide publications the ability to hire more dedicated local news journalists to improve their newsroom coverage.
Local Newspaper and Local Media Advertising Credit
This credit will provide small business financial flexibility to spend on advertising in local newspapers and media.
Definition of Local Newspaper
For the purposes of this bill, local newspaper is defined as a print or digital publication if:
Definition of Local News Journalist
For the purposes of this bill, local news journalist is defined as an individual employed by a local newspaper who:
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We are counting on members of America's Newspapers again this year to join forces to help ensure the success of this legislation.
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Thank you, in advance, for your good work on behalf of the newspaper industry!
Nov. 11, 2021 - The Local Journalism Sustainability Act carries the opportunity to significantly impact even the smallest communities across the United States. Three industry executives — Michael Gebhart, Matt McMillan and Leonard Woolsey — shared their thoughts with America’s Newspapers about the industry’s need for the temporary tax credit that the LJSA would offer.