My trip to Capitol Hill, and the desperate need to save newspapers


As I boarded an Amtrak train back home from Washington, D.C. last Thursday morning, leaving a city bracing for a potential (ultimately averted) government shutdown amid a debate checkered with misinformation, the capitol’s dysfunction and discord provided an appropriate backdrop to the urgent mission that had brought me there.

The News/Media Alliance, an industry advocate, organized last week’s D.C. trip to push for the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), a vital bill that needs to pass.

It would provide publishers a window of time to collectively bargain with Big Tech and negotiate an arrangement where we keep our fair share — a small piece of the digital revenue pie.

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