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Victor Pickard’s latest book about journalism and democracy concludes that dark political moments are precisely when we should be envisioning a different future. Of course, the moment he was referring to—before the book went on sale in December—looks downright sunny compared to what’s happened since.

These days on the Cape, there are six weekly papers that are not owned by Gannett. Falmouth publishing, owned by the Hough family of Falmouth, owns four of those papers, the Enterprise in Famouth, Mashpee, Bourne and Sandwich. The others are the Cape Cod Chronicle, owned by Henry Hyora of Chatham, and the Provincetown Independent owned by co-founders Ed Miller and Teresa Parker of Wellfleet, and 14 other investors.

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois -- The daily newspaper in this capital city of 115,000 is one of the go-to places for political coverage in a state where consecutive governors went to federal prison, the state’s finances are precarious and the longtime speaker of the Illinois House may be in the crosshairs of a federal investigation.

The "Save Our Sun" campaign was started in April by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild and the NewsGuild-CWA when furloughs and pay cuts hit the newsroom this spring as the novel coronavirus impacted revenues at the state's largest daily paper.

NewsGuild president Jon Schleuss calls it an “extinction-level event.” Many of the affected newsrooms are members of the Guild, which started a campaign, Save The News, to raise awareness of the depth of the crisis and urging Congress to pass legislation that will enable the industry to survive it.

This morning, NewsGuild released a damning report on Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund that controls more than 70% of MediaNews Group (e.g., Denver Post, San Jose Mercury News, and the Boston Herald).

It almost seems impossible to ignore national politics today. The stream of stories about the president and Congress is endless; whether online, in print or on television, it’s never been easier to follow the action.

The connection is no coincidence, says Rubado. “If there’s nobody reporting on or providing information about candidates, about legislation, about how money is being spent, or the budgeting process, how will people know that they require a quality challenger to unseat an ineffective mayor?” she said. “They don’t know the mayor is ineffective!”