Most Americans Don't Pay for Local News and Don't See a Need to, Study Says

As local news outlets across the United States face revenue and staffing crises, a new Pew Research Center study shows about 7 in 10 Americans think their local news outlets are doing very or somewhat well financially."Journalists tend to be quite familiar with the the financial struggles facing their industry. ... But the public seems largely unaware of these difficulties," said Amy Mitchell, the director of journalism research at the Pew Research Center.Pew surveyed about 35,000 U.S. adults to better understand the relationship between local news organizations and their audiences. In Dallas-Fort Worth's region of nearly 7 million people, 70 percent say they follow local news closely.The majority of people surveyed in Dallas-Fort Worth said they get their news on a mobile device. Weather, traffic, crime and changes to prices topped the list of topics people found the most interesting.  Continue reading...

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