Keyword: Local Journalism Sustainability Act
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In a divided time, saving local journalism is a bipartisan cause

In a presidential election year and in the midst of the dual crises of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread economic misery, the divisions among Americans can seem to easily overwhelm the bonds that unite us.

That’s why it’s so heartening to see in recent weeks that Americans of all persuasions, and their political leaders on both sides of the aisle, are coalescing around a cause for a community pillar with a history of helping this nation navigate past buffeting winds of turmoil: Saving local journalism.

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Local Journalism Sustainability Act continues to build support

Support continues to grow for the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, H.R. 7640, as more cosponsors sign on to this legislation that provides significant support to newspapers and local journalism, with support from both sides of the aisle. Here's why we need your support, as well!

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Above the Fold: Democrats and Republicans unite in support of the media

Dean Ridings, CEO of America’s Newspapers, was quoted this week in an article in Velocitize, saying it is refreshing, but not surprising, to see bipartisan support for the news industry as the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, H.R. 7640, continues to gain additional cosponsors in Washington. more

Podcast: The Local Journalism Sustainability Act needs your help, now!

In this podcast, E&P publisher Mike Blinder checks-in with two of the founders of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (H.R. 7640): Francis Wick, CEO of Wick Communications, and Alan Fisco, president of The Seattle Times. Also in this installment of E&P Reports, Paul Boyle, News Media Alliance's senior vice president of public policy, talks about how the lobbying in D.C. is going, and Dean Ridings, CEO of America's Newspapers, speaks on why and how local news publishers can contact their legislators to urge them to support this legislation. more

A community with no newspaper? That's bad news

What does a community lose when it loses its newspapers?

The most obvious is the community’s access to news about itself: The workings of its town hall; information about taxes and property values; the operation of schools for its children; the achievements, or the criminal activities, of local residents; the scores of local ball teams; schedules and reviews of movies, concerts, restaurants and books; and the offerings of local small businesses.

But the less obvious losses when a newspaper disappears may be the most devastating to a community.

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Bipartisan bill to boost local news and small businesses needs your support

In a column written for members of America's Newspapers, Dennis Hetzel urges readers to join the bipartisan effort to pass HR 7640, which now has 37 cosponsors. Hetzel, a consultant, freelance journalist and author of two political thrillers, is a former lobbyist who wants to see Congress throw "a much-needed lifetime to community journalism and local businesses."

"As a lobbyist," Hetzel writes, "a major part of my job was to help politicians understand that whatever gripes they had with the national media — many of which I share — that was noise and not what we were about. Unlike Don Lemon or Tucker Carlson, local journalists aren’t driven by who’s up or down in the polls or purposely framing stories to satisfy an agenda. They’re just trying to report the news."

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Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism

There’s a hunger for accurate and useful news coverage right now — even more so than usual — because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic and because we’re now only a few months away from a consequential election for the state and the nation.

But that demand also comes at a time when the pandemic has tightened budgets for families and businesses, two sources of support that local journalism — in particular newspapers — have long depended upon to underwrite that coverage: subscriptions and advertising.

Like a lot of businesses, The Daily Herald and its parent, Sound Publishing, have faced tough decisions to cut costs while still meeting the demand to provide news and community coverage that informs and entertains. And those decisions are little different than what other local journalism providers are having to confront throughout the nation.

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Galveston publisher calls on readers to support the Local Journalism Sustainability Act

"Local journalism is an important element of American society — and one we feel contributes to a better nation through the sharing of opinions, facts and the invitation for civil conversations," Leonard Woolsey wrote in a recent column encouraging readers to support the Local Journalism Sustainability Act.  Woolsey is president and publisher of  The Daily News and president of Southern Newspapers, Inc. more

Congress considers legislation that would support local news organizations

Congress has the opportunity to pass a relief measure that protects your access to trustworthy local news, helps grow local businesses through ads placed in local news media — and rewards you for subscribing to a newspaper like this one. Your support is needed for this legislation! more
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