No Tears for the Newspaper?

A new Pew Center Research report on the end of local newspapers is very telling.

“Fewer than half of Americans (43%) say that losing their local newspaper would hurt civic life in their community “a lot.” Even fewer (33%) say they would personally miss reading the local newspaper a lot if it were no longer available.”

And:

“About half of Democrats (49%) and 47% of independents say civic life would be hurt “a lot” if the newspaper shut down, compared with 33% of Republicans.”

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About Erika Wayne

Erika V. Wayne is deputy library director and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. Along with George Wilson, Kate Wilko and Paul Lomio, Erika Wayne has co-taught Advanced Legal Research for 3 years. Erika's interest in Open Access dates back to the 1996 when she helped in the development of the Securities Class Action Clearinghouse -- the first court designated internet site for public posting of securities litigation filings. And, she hates to pay for *anything* that should be free. She has a law degree from Penn and a library degree from Illinois.

One thought on “No Tears for the Newspaper?

  1. I bet the results would be even more dramatic if sliced by demographics. We asked our 50-some students in Advanced Legal Research for a show of hands as to how many of them subscribed to or actually bought newspapers . . . One student raised her hand; she buys the Sunday New York Times.

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