Political Consequences of the Endangered Local Watchdog: Newspaper Decline and Mayoral Elections in the United States

  title={Political Consequences of the Endangered Local Watchdog: Newspaper Decline and Mayoral Elections in the United States},
  author={Meghan E. Rubado and Jay Jennings},
  journal={Urban Affairs Review},
  pages={1327 - 1356}
Newspapers have faced extreme challenges in recent years due to declining circulation and advertising revenue. This has resulted in newspaper closures, staff cuts, and dramatic changes to the ways many newspapers cover local government, among other topics. This article argues that the loss of professional expertise in coverage of local government has negative consequences for the quality of city politics because citizens become less informed about local policies and elections. We test our… 

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