According to an FCC Report released last summer, local journalism is in a state of crisis.
In their groundbreaking report, the FCC acknowledged that some of its policies and regulations were out of sync with swiftly evolving media markets and the information needs of communities.
The report noted that newsrooms are scaling back coverage of state and local government, and that the watchdog function is losing teeth. It also said consolidation has hurt local news production, and transparency in both government and media companies needs to be improved.
To assess how local television and radio news outlets are responding to a changing media landscape, Global Journalist featured discussions from a symposium that focused on the report.