The Local Journalism Sustainability Act is a bipartisan bill that would provide tax credits to support subscriptions, advertising and journalists' salaries for the news industry. In this E&P podcast, Publisher Mike Blinder talks with Francis Wick, CEO of Wick Communications. Wick is the "brainchild" behind H.R. 7640, which was introduced in Congress July 16 by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) and Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Washington).
Wick said the Congressional leaders he has talked with "want to help and they realize that — without local journalism — they are going to be challenged in how they serve their local districts." While they support the idea, Wick said the news industry has a lot of work to do.
Newspaper publishers are encouraged to reach out to their own representatives and urge them to sign on as additional cosponsors.
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