Column: Cantwell makes the case for saving local newspapers and keeping Americans informed

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U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is doing her best to save local journalism. It would sure be nice if some Senate Republicans supported the effort to keep Americans informed.

Cantwell just introduced a bill that would provide a five-year lifeline to local news outlets and save thousands of journalist jobs. She’s planning a hearing in September and to get the bill passed by year end.

This is one of several measures needed to stop the death spiral of local news outlets, so they’ll survive until longer-term fixes, such as antitrust reform and new business models, take hold.

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