Dead Newspapers and Citizens’ Civic Engagement

  title={Dead Newspapers and Citizens’ Civic Engagement},
  author={Lee Shaker},
  journal={Political Communication},
  pages={131 - 148}
  • Lee Shaker
  • Published 2 January 2014
  • Sociology
  • Political Communication
Using data from the 2008 and 2009 Current Population Survey (CPS) conducted by the United States Census Bureau, this article assesses the year-over-year change in the civic engagement of citizens in America's largest metropolitan areas. Of special interest are Denver and Seattle, where the Rocky Mountain News and Seattle Post-Intelligencer closed during the intervening year. The data from the CPS indicate that civic engagement in Seattle and Denver dropped significantly from 2008 to 2009—a… 

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