Standard General’s plans to acquire TEGNA represent a crucial opportunity to broaden diversity and localism in broadcast journalism

The nationwide decline of local journalism has driven many Americans away from their nearby broadcast station or newspaper. Many cities, including some in South Carolina, have become “news deserts”, increasing polarization and media distrust. A lack of leadership and newsroom diversity also contribute to the widespread lack of commitment to local news outlets.

Insufficient diversity in both the newsroom and the front office is a particularly serious problem. Journalists and broadcast station management that look like the communities they serve are essential for producing complex reporting that examines different perspectives and voices.

Many broadcast stations and local newspapers face financial instability. It is evident that extensive and innovative solutions are required to solve the local journalism crisis that is spreading throughout the country.  

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Minority Eye | by Michael Bailey