Cutbacks in local news leave some communities in the dark

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 10, 2019 5:58 p.m.

    The death of the print media comes of its' own problems. However, local radio and TV are soon to go, if they haven't already. There aren't many local newsrooms anymore, or even non syndicated programming. Ownership concentration further mutes local voices. Sinclair is a prime example, and clear channel, and a few others. We're all being given over to corporate interests, or whatever garbage someone wants to put on the net.

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2019 2:24 p.m.

    The difference is that buggy whips don't spend taspayer money and decide local issues, then run for re-election. Local politics runs in the dark, and a lot of people seem to like it that way.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 10, 2019 1:20 p.m.

    I was thinking about coverage. This story is all about small towns of 50,000 or so, but let's look at our situation. We've got two newspapers in Salt Lake, but what do we know about city council meetings in Sandy or Murray or Herriman?

    Right here we have serious coverage gaps. Sure, if there's big news like an NSA center or a project at the Cottonwood Mall site, it gets covered. But we're no better off than rural Missouri most of the time.

    It sounds nice to say we've still got a newspaper, but that doesn't mean we've got local coverage.

    The meetings are open, and some towns stream and archive the meetings for those who want to watch. Most of us are motivated by hot topics, but otherwise don't watch.

    As for the newspaper model, local papers started with a agenda, usually a political one. They were basically newsletters with subscribers and advertisers. The model doesn't work any longer.

    Then again, it's hard to find a good buggy whip these days.