This year’s Lovejoy recipient, Chuck Plunkett, spoke up for local journalism and drew attention to its critical role in our society. With the midterm elections around the corner, reliable local journalism is integral to the future of our nation. This page provides resources to better understand the shrinking newsroom and its affect on society.

To learn more about these issues, please join us for the Lovejoy Convocation on October 8th at 7 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel. We will also be hosting panels of journalists to how shrinking newsrooms affect democracy and how they impact communities. 


What does the newsroom look like today? 


Long story short, the majority of news produced today is produced online and written by reporters in “media bubbles.” From 2004-2014, the share of newspaper jobs in cities like DC, New York, and Los Angeles has increased by 60%. Meanwhile, local newsrooms are being decimated. 

Why does local news matter?


Who owns the news? 


Digital ad-revenue is growing; however, the majority of this revenue goes to companies like Facebook and Google. This trend doesn’t bode well for papers as more Americans, including older Americans, are increasing their digital media consumption. 


How do people get their news?