Paper Cuts: How Reporting Resources Affect Political News Coverage

  title={Paper Cuts: How Reporting Resources Affect Political News Coverage},
  author={Erik Peterson},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  • E. Peterson
  • Published 2 February 2019
  • Medicine
  • American Journal of Political Science
Media outlets provide crucial inputs into the democratic process, yet they face increasingly severe economic challenges. I study how a newly salient manifestation of this pressure, reduced reporting capacity, influences political coverage. Focusing on newspapers in the United States, where industry-wide employment fell over 40% between 2007 and 2015, I use panel data to assess the relationship between reporting capacity and political coverage. Staff cuts substantially decrease the amount of… 

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