Save The News | Life-Saving News Needs a Stimulus

America’s access to life-saving news is at risk. COVID-19 and its economic impact have devastated news outlets, causing tens of thousands of furloughs, layoffs, and pay cuts.

We depend on news more than ever to get the latest information on our communities and to keep our families safe. This crisis threatens the journalists and newsrooms that keep that critical information flowing.

Congress can save critical newsrooms by including aid in future recovery packages. Our leaders must come together and take decisive action to prevent community news from going extinct.

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Brian Stelter speaks with reporters in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where Tribune Publishing is cutting costs by closing the century-old newsroom at The Morning Call newspaper.

When the The Casper Star-Tribune this summer announced it would only print five editions per week -- leaving

But those operations run just several sites each, while Mr. Timpone’s network has more than twice as many sites as the nation’s largest newspaper chain, Gannett. And while political groups have helped finance networks like Courier, investors in news operations typically don’t weigh in on specific articles.

“We endured cut after cut after cut. I had to lay people off,” he said.

“Our nation desperately needs a new COVID-19 economic relief package and we cannot afford an abrupt halt in negotiations.

As more local news outlets close their doors amid dried up revenue streams, destructive hedge fund ownership, and tech platform monopolies, the issue has become as clear as day: local news is

Dramatic changes in news ownership have been recent and swift.

Reporters from 75 or more news outlets across the United States descended on Kenosha, Wisconsin, to cover emotional and sometimes violent protests in the days after Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old