The Decline of Local News and Its Effects: New Evidence from Longitudinal Data

  title={The Decline of Local News and Its Effects: New Evidence from Longitudinal Data},
  author={Danny Hayes and Jennifer L. Lawless},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={332 - 336}
We present the first longitudinal evidence that declining local political news coverage is reducing citizen engagement. Drawing on a content analysis of more than 10,000 stories about US House campaigns in 2010 and 2014, we show that local newspapers over this period published less, and less substantive, political news. We then use panel data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study to investigate how the news environment influences citizen engagement. Tracking the same individuals… Expand
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