This week the Salt Lake Tribune is trying something new – a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funding to support their reporting in San Juan County.
Earlier this year, Pew Research reported that Americans value and rely on their local news sources, but don’t recognize the revenue challenges that threaten the decline and extinction of local news. In fact, the study showed that 71% of Americans believed their local news was doing well and only 14% of respondents had paid for their local news sources in the past year.
As The Atlantic pointed out in March, “But newspaper reporters used to be the backbone of every local journalism ecosystem. Medium- and large-sized cities sometimes had hundreds of them, and their publications’ formats allowed for the day-to-day coverage and investigative explorations that make civic journalism valuable to communities.” Now local newspapers are dying off, but aren’t being replaced with anything.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Support your local news sources by subscribing and paying for the news you consume.
- Spread the word to others to debunk false perceptions about financial prosperity of local news and encourage patronage to support local news sources in your community.