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Leading by Bleeding

Sinclair has formula for making money off of tragedy. From the Washington Post 2/16/24.


From the Washington Post, 2/16/24 “Sinclair’s recipe for TV news: Crime, homelessness, illegal drugs” by Sarah Ellison

Sub-headline: “The local news powerhouse, whose chairman recently bought the Baltimore Sun, focuses on fear in broadcasts that often align with Donald Trump’s view of cities”

Are the Media Facing an Extinction, Dinosaur-Level Event?

From the New Yorker Weekend Essay, 2/10/24 “Is the Media Prepared for an Extinction-Level Event? by By Clare Malone

Sub headline: “Ads are scarce, search and social traffic is dying, and readers are burned out. The future will require fundamentally rethinking the press’s relationship to its audience”

“A report that tracked layoffs in the industry in 2023 recorded twenty-six hundred and eighty-one in broadcast, print, and digital news media. NBC News, Vox Media, Vice News, Business Insider, Spotify, theSkimm, FiveThirtyEight, The Athletic, and Condé Nast—the publisher of The New Yorker—all made significant layoffs. BuzzFeed News closed, as did Gawker. The Washington Post, which lost about a hundred million dollars last year, offered buyouts to two hundred and forty employees”


“Two hundred and four counties in the U.S. now have no local news—high-poverty areas are most affected—and, by the end of this year, it’s expected that the U.S. will have lost a third of its newspapers,” the article also said.

Looks Interesting

“I’m submitting a Training Session for Netroots Nation 2024! Will you please help choose the title?” – Sue Wilson


1. “How Local Communities can Hold TV and Radio Stations Accountable”


2. “Empowering Local Communities by Holding the FCC Accountable”


3. “Making Local Broadcasters Accountable to Your Community”


4. “How to make Local Broadcasters Accountable to Your Community”


5. “How to Stop Local TV and Radio from Poisoning Your Air” Don’t like any? I’m open to suggestions. THANKS!

Sue Wilson may be contacted on Facebook.


News Deserts Need Watering

From The Guardian 1/18/24


“You can see this trend almost everywhere. Newspapers have faded and the growth of digital news outlets – while encouraging – hasn’t kept up with the losses. There are far fewer reporters now than 15 years ago, and they are much more concentrated in places like Washington DC and New York City. Local newspapers go out of business every week.”

“That turns huge swaths of the US into “news deserts” – places where there is virtually no credible local journalism. Democracy suffers as citizens become less engaged and more polarized, and as government corruption flourishes because the watchdog has gone silent.”

Decline in Local News Coverage Affects All Americans

From Associated Press 11/15/23

“The decline of local news in the United States is speeding up despite attention paid to the issue, to the point where the nation has lost one-third of its newspapers and two-thirds of its newspaper journalists since 2005.” Giant media corporations continue to dominate American information outlets – even digital media decline.