Don’t Cancel That Newspaper Subscription

The only thing canceling your subscription to a newspaper will do is hasten the death of journalism itself. It will leave your community with even fewer full-time reporters to tell you what local leaders were up to while you weren’t paying attention. It will leave you with a far poorer understanding of the place where you live.

When tornadoes tore through this town in the middle of the night, Tennessean reporters were out in the dark, getting the story, and for weeks they followed up on where to find help — and how to offer help — in the aftermath. When the pandemic hit, they wrote about how Nashville’s tourist center was out of control. When violence broke out after George Floyd’s death, they were right in the middle of it, never mind that they’ve all been furloughed for a week of every month.

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