“Fewer newspapers mean a weaker democracy…”

This via Paul at the Local Democracy blog, via Chris on one tangible outcome after the Cincinatti Post failed at the end of 2007:

fewer candidates ran for municipal office in the suburbs most reliant on the Post, incumbents became more likely to win re-election, and voter turnout fell.

On Slugger we’ve been talking about the difficulties of newspapers in the face of the free economy of the Internet almost since we began back in 2002. The next eighteen months is likely to bring some shocking news in the UK newspaper market (possibly with some big repercussions here), as the trade crisis hits managements with little more to cut to save corporate revenue streams, they won’t have anything left that even vaguely resembles a newspaper…

More from us later on this…

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